Symphony Concert 24

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam | Daniele Gatti

Rihm | Bruckner

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KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017







    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    Symphony Concert 24

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam | Daniele Gatti

    Daniele Gatti  conductor
    Wolfgang Rihm (*1952)
    Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
    Symphony No. 9 in D minor, WAB 109

    Whenever Anton Bruckner’s symphonies are played, the concert hall seems to become transformed into a musical cathedral: it’s no surprise that this music touches on higher realms, evoking the “mysterium tremendum et fascinosum” and an experience that is both awe-inspiring and exhilarating. Not to mention that Bruckner stacks sonorities and treats the orchestra like an organist pulling out a variety of stops. Wolfgang Rihm meanwhile went in the opposite direction by deliberately writing his 1995 orchestral work IN-SCHRIFT for a church space: the Basilica di San Marco in Venice. He looked back to the idea of polychoral sound developed by the Italian composer Giovanni Gabrieli at the end of the 16th century in this cathedral, where he positioned his musicians and singers at different levels and thus realized the vision of a “spatial music.” Daniele Gatti and his fabulous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from Amsterdam will explore this interplay of musical identities involving a temple of the Muses and a house of worship. 

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (RCO) was founded in 1888 as the Concertgebouw Orkest to mark the dedication of Amsterdam’s concert hall; since its 100th birthday in 1988 it has included the adjective “royal” in its name. In the first five decades of its history the RCO was decisively shaped by Willem Mengelberg, who established its great Mahler tradition. “Truly splendid, full of youthful freshness and enthusiasm,” was Richard Strauss’s assessment of the ensemble in 1897. Dozens of composers have ascended the RCO’s podium ever since: from Mahler, Debussy, Bartók, and Stravinsky through Berio, Nono, and Henze up to – in recent years – George Benjamin, Oliver Knussen, Tan Dun, and Thomas Adès. Internationally renowned conductors have of course also regularly performed in Amsterdam, beginning with Pierre Monteux, Bruno Walter, and Otto Klemperer; through Sir Georg Solti, George Szell, and Eugen Jochum; to the podium stars of our own time. Eduard van Beinum was the first to steer the RCO’s course as Music Director following the Second World War; his successors have included Bernard Haitink (1961–1988), Riccardo Chailly (1988–2004), and Mariss Jansons (2004–2015). At the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Daniele Gatti takes on the position of Music Director; during his first season he will focus on the work of Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, and the Second Viennese School. Every year the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra gives more than 80 concerts in Amsterdam and over 40 guest performances, with regular residencies in Paris, Brussels, London, and Frankfurt. Some 1,100 recordings on LP, CD, and DVD, which since 2004 have been released on the Orchestra’s in-house label RCO, document their artistic achievements. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is generously supported by ING Group and Unilever.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 3 September 1972 in a program of music by Stravinsky and Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony under Bernard Haitink.

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    Daniele Gatti

    Starting in the 2016-17 season, Daniele Gatti commences his tenure as Music Director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. Born in 1961 in Milan, he studied piano, violin, composition, and conducting at the Verdi Conservatory in his native city and was 27 when he made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala. His first leadership position began in 1992, when he became Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; between 1994 and 1997 he was also engaged as Principal Guest Conductor at the Royal Opera House in London. From 1996 to 2009 he led the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and from 1997 to 2007 he helmed the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. For three years (2009–2012) he was Music Director of Zurich Opera, and from 2008 until the summer of 2016 he served as Music Director of the Orchestre National de France. Gatti enjoys a close partnership with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Staatsoper, where he has presided over various new productions. In 2008 he made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival with Parsifal; at the Salzburg Festival he has conducted Strauss’s Elektra, Puccini’s La bohème, Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, and Verdi’s Il trovatore. In the concert hall Daniele Gatti has collaborated with many leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Filarmonica della Scala, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the 2015-16 season he undertook a tour of the United States with the Orchestre National de France and a European tour with the Vienna Philharmonic; he also led a Beethoven cycle with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In the spring of 2017 Gatti will return to La Scala in Milan with Wagner’s Meistersinger. His live performance of Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York was recently released on DVD.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 12 September 2005 with the Vienna Philharmonic in a program of works by Strauss, Mahler, and Wagner.

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