Royal Concertgebouworkest

Royal Concertgebouworkest | Collegium Vocale Gent | Philippe Herreweghe


Mon, 29.08. | 19.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

09.08.-11.09. 2022




    Royal Concertgebouworkest

    Royal Concertgebouworkest | Collegium Vocale Gent | Philippe Herreweghe

    Robin Johannsen  soprano
    Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
    The Creation, Hob. XXI:2. Oratorio in three parts

    Royal Concertgebouworkest

    The Royal Concertgebouworkest (RCO) was founded in 1888 on the occasion of the inauguration of the Amsterdam Concert Building. Since its 100th birthday in 1988, it has carried the attribute “royal” in its name — Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is the patron. The first principal conductor was Willem Kees, who handed on his post to Willem Mengelberg in 1895. Mengelberg shaped the orchestra through five decades and established the great Mahler tradition. After World War II, Eduard van Beinum first took over as conductor; he was followed by Bernard Haitink (1961-1988), Riccardo Chailly (1988-2004), Mariss Jansons (2004-2015), and Daniele Gatti (2016-2018). Such famous composers as Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss have conducted the orchestra on several occasions. Today, the RCO continues to collaborate regularly with contemporary composers, whose works it premieres. Each season, the orchestra performs over 90 concerts in Amsterdam, in addition to around 40 performances on tours around the world. For example, a major tour of Asia under the direction of Tugan Sokhiev is planned for the fall of 2021. More than 1,100 LP recordings, CDs, and DVDs, which since 2004 have also been released on the in-house label RCO live, document their artistic work. Through the RCO Academy and the youth orchestra RCO Young, which was founded in 2019, the orchestra is committed to young musicians. The RCO is co-financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science; the City of Amsterdam; and sponsors, foundations, and patrons from around the world. Most of its budget, however, is derived from ticket sale income.

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

    July 2021

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    Collegium Vocale Gent

    The Collegium Vocale Gent was founded in 1970 by Philippe Herreweghe. It was one of the first ensembles to adapt what were at the time new ideas about baroque performance practice in vocal music. Soon such musicians as Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt became acquainted with the Flemish choir and engaged it to collaborate on their projects. Since the mid-1980s the Collegium Vocale Gent has enjoyed an international reputation, with invitations to perform in the leading concert halls of Europe, Israel, Russia, the United States, East Asia, and Australia. The choir’s repertoire is not limited to one particular era but ranges from Renaissance vocal polyphony, baroque works, and classical and romantic oratorios to contemporary music, with the oeuvre of Bach and Handel as a focus.  Along with regular performances with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, the Collegium Vocale Gent gives concerts with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the Berlin Academy for Early Music, as well as with such traditional symphony orchestras as the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Such conductors as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sigiswald Kuijken, René Jacobs, Paul Van Nevel, Iván Fischer, Marcus Creed, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin have led the Collegium. More than 75 recordings, which have won many awards, document their artistic achievements. The Collegium Vocale Gent was named Ambassador of the European Union in 2011 and is supported by the Education and Culture Program of the European Union, the Flemish Cultural Ministry, the Province of East Flanders, and the City of Ghent.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 16 April 1992 in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion under Philippe Herreweghe.

    August 2012

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    Philippe Herreweghe

    Philippe Herreweghe, who was born in 1947, attended the Jesuit College of his native Ghent and studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent while also earning a degree in medicine and psychiatry in 1975. During his university years, he also took lessons in harpsichord, organ, and choral conducting. In 1970 he founded the Collegium Vocale Gent, and following a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion in Amsterdam, Herreweghe was invited by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt to participate with his ensemble in their recordings of the complete Bach cantatas. In 1977 Herreweghe founded La Chapelle Royale, with which he has specialized in the performance of French music of the 17th and 18th centuries. He expanded his historical range by founding the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées in 1991 to perform works from the classical era to early modernism. For 20 years, from 1982 to 2002, Herreweghe led the Académies Musicales de Saintes; since 1997 he has also served as Music Director of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. In addition to his work with his own ensembles, Herreweghe regularly appears with traditional symphony orchestras and has conducted such ensembles as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Philippe Herreweghe has made more than 100 recordings and in 2010 launched his own label, φ (phi). He has won numerous awards: he was chosen as European Musician of the Year in 1991, named to the order Officier des Arts et des Lettres in 1994, and given a noble title by the King of Belgium in 2003; in the same year he received the title Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, and in 2010 he won the Bach Medal in Leipzig.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 16 April 1992 in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, leading La Chapelle Royale and the Collegium Vocale Gent.

    August 2012

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    Werner Güra

    The tenor Werner Güra, a native of Munich, acquired his first musical experience with the Regensburg Cathedral Choir before studying voice at the Mozarteum in Sazlburg. He completed his training with Kurt Widmer in Basel, Margreet Honig in Amsterdam, and Wessela Zlateva in Vienna. After his first stage performances in Basel and Frankfurt am Main, he became a member of the Dresdner Semperoper ensemble in 1995, learning the great Mozart roles as well as those of Rossini, Strauss, and Britten. Soon after that, Daniel Barenboim engaged him at the Staatsoper Berlin, and he went on to perform as Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) at the Opéra National de Paris and the Théatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. Güra’s credits also include Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) under René Jacobs at the Innsbruck Festival for Early Music and at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden. In May 2014 he will take part in the new Zurich production of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. But the focus of his work is in the concert hall.  Güra has partnered with the best orchestras of Eurpope – and with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Roger Norrington. Güra is moreover renowned for his lieder performances. He has given recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center in New York, and the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, as well as in Cologne and Barcelona. His recordings of lieder, including accounts of the great cycles by Schubert and Schumann as well as Wolf’s Mörike settings, have received many awards. In 2012 he garnered the ECHO Klassik Award for his CD Willkommen und Abschied. Werner Güra teaches voice at the Zurich Academy of Music.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 18 August 1996 in Bach’s B minor Mass under Marcus Creed; last appearance on 27 August 2011 in a recital of Schubert and Schumann lieder.

    February 2014

    Florian Boesch

    The Austrian baritone Florian Boesch, who comes from a Viennese family of singers, had his earliest vocal training from his grandmother, Ruthilde Boesch, before beginning studies at the University for Music in Vienna, where he took Robert Holl’s classes in lieder and the oratorio. He began his international career in 2003 as Papageno at Zurich Opera. Since that time, Boesch has been a regular guest on many international stages. In 2017, he sang Méphistophélès in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust at the Berlin Staatsoper, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting; in the current season, he has already sung the title roles in Berg’s Wozzeck and Handel’s Saul at the Theater an der Wien. Boesch enjoyed a longstanding close partnership with Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Together, they performed works by Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven at the styriarte and Salzburg Festivals, as well as with the Berlin Philharmonic. Florian Boesch has also concertized with Ivor Bolton, Gustavo Dudamel, Iván Fischer, Valery Gergiev, Philippe Herreweghe, Sir Roger Norrington, and Robin Ticciati. In the 2014-15 season, he was artist-in-residence at Wigmore Hall in London, and he held the same position at the Vienna Konzerthaus in the 2016-17 season. Lieder singing is an important component of his work: credits include recitals at the Schubertiade, the Edinburgh Festival, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Konzerthaus in Dortmund, the Philharmonie in Luxembourg, and the Musikverein in Vienna. Together with the Tyrolean Musicbanda Franui, he developed the project Alles wieder gut, which he will present in Brussels and at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie in the spring of 2018. Florian Boesch’s recording of ballades by Loewe won the Edison Award in 2012. His latest CD, which was released in the fall of 2017, is devoted to Schubert’s Winterreise.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 12 September 2006 as Poeta in Salieri’s Prima la musica, poi le parole under the direction of David Stern.

    February 2018


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