Symphony Concert 24

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam | Daniele Gatti

Rihm | Bruckner

Mon, 17352

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    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, its name 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 to – in recent years – George Benjamin, Oliver Knussen, Tan Dun, Thomas Adès, and Michel van der Aa. Internationally renowned conductors have also regularly performed in Amsterdam, from Pierre Monteux, Bruno Walter, and Otto Klemperer through Georg Solti, George Szell, and Eugen Jochum to the podium stars of our own time. Eduard van Beinum was the first to helm the RCO 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). Since 2016 Daniele Gatti has held the position of Music Director; during the 2017-18 season he will also lead tours to the United States, Japan, and Korea. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra today comprises 120 members from 25 nations. As part of the “RCO Meets Europe” project, by 2019 it will have traveled to all 28 countries of the European Union in order to affirm the idea of international understanding and the unity of the continent. Some 1,100 recordings on LP, CD, and DVD, which since 2004 have been released on the Orchestra’s in-house RCO label, 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

    Daniele Gatti began his tenure as Music Director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in 2016. Born in 1961 in Milan, he studied piano, violin, composition, and conducting at the Verdi Conservatory there and was 27 when he made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala. In 1992 he was named Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, which he helmed for five years; during that period, between 1994 and 1997, he was also active as Principal Guest Conductor at the Royal Opera House in London. He has had additional leadership positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1996–2009), the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (1997–2007), Zurich Opera (2009–2012), and the Orchestre National de France (2008–2016). 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 Bayreuth Festival debut 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 spring of 2017 he returned to La Scala in Milan with Die Meistersinger. In the concert hall Gatti has collaborated with many leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which named him its Artistic Advisor in 2016 and is currently working through a Beethoven cycle with him. His most recent CD release, in the fall of 2016, is of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Daniele Gatti is a Grande Ufficiale al Merito of the Italian Republic; France named him a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. In 2005 and 2016 the Italian Critics’ Association awarded him the Premio Abbiati.

    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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