Symphony Concert 16

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam | Tugan Sokhiev | Tabea Zimmermann

Brahms | Bartók | Tchaikovsky

Tue, 19338

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Symphony Concert 16

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam | Tugan Sokhiev | Tabea Zimmermann

    Tugan Sokhiev  conductor
    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a
    Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    Viola Concerto, Sz 120
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 Winter Dreams

    The Fascists had driven him into exile. In America, the country of refuge, his music was hardly performed. And then he became ill with leukemia. But Béla Bartók did not give up. He continued to compose untiringly, almost to his last breath. Nevertheless, he was not able to finish his Viola Concerto. After his death, it was completed by a third party, expanded, and changed in substance. Still, Tabea Zimmermann studied the autograph sketches to explore Bartók’s original intentions. In Lucerne, she will play the work in this form, presenting Bartók’s “last will.” In the second part, Tugan Sokhiev, the head of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, will show that music is also an art of perfect illusion with the famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. With Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony, he will let us hear a horse-drawn sleigh glide across the snow-covered tundra, a samovar as it boils, and ice flowers that blossom on windows. A Russian winter dream, garnished with the loveliest folk melodies. Will anyone still believe that it is summer?

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    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 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 Sir 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), Mariss Jansons (2004–2015), and Daniele Gatti (2016–2018). The RCO tours regularly and will give a series of concerts in the United States in February 2019. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra today comprises 120 members from 25 nations. By the end of 2018, as part of the “RCO Meets Europe” project, it will have traveled to all 28 countries of the European Union in order to reaffirm 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 live” label, document the RCO’s 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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    Tugan Sokhiev

    The Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev was born in 1977 in Vladikavkaz in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania. He completed his training in St. Petersburg as one of the last students of the legendary Ilya Musin, who also mentored Semyon Bychkov, Valery Gergiev, and Teodor Currentzis. Sokhiev became known in the West in 2002 when he conducted Puccini’s La bohème at Welsh National Opera. In the following year he performed Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; in 2004 came his debut at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence with Prokofiev’s L’amour des trois oranges, and, in 2006, at Houston Grand Opera with Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. In2008 Sokhiev was appointed to lead the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, which he continues to helm. At the same time, from 2012 until the summer of 2016, he held the position of Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Since 2014 he has served as Music Director of the famous Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, where he recently led Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (in February 2016) and Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust (in July). Sokhiev has appeared as guest conductor of the Berlin, Vienna, and Munich Philharmonics; the Philharmonia and London Symphony Orchestras; the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam; and the Philadelphia and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. Sokhiev’s discography includes symphonies by Tchaikovsky, ballet music by Stravinsky, and orchestral works by Rachmaninoff and Mussorgsky with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, as well as Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite; in 2014 he was named Musical Personality of the Year by the Union of French Music Critics.

    August 2016

    Tabea Zimmermann

    18.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    Concert Introduction with Susanne Stähr (in German)

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