Royal Concertgebouworkest

Royal Concertgebouworkest | Daniel Harding | Yefim Bronfman

Wagner | Beethoven | Debussy

Mon, 30.08. | 19.30 | No. 211322

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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    Royal Concertgebouworkest

    Royal Concertgebouworkest | Daniel Harding | Yefim Bronfman

    Daniel Harding  conductor
    Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
    Overture to Tannhäuser
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
    Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    La Mer

    A musician who is in danger of going deaf, no longer able to hear properly what he is playing and what he is composing: this fate, which would have driven others mad, led Ludwig van Beethoven to develop his heroic style. The Third Piano Concerto, performed by the American keyboard titan Yefim Bronfman, exemplifies this style. The soloist enters the scene with hammer-like double octaves; an aura of existential severity prevails. The music suggests self-assertion, radiating willpower and pride. Claude Debussy also brought about a paradigm shift in music when he wrote his tone poem La Mer. Doing away with the central compositional principle of developing thematic ideas, he loosely strung motif together with motif. But like the waves in the sea, no two are alike. And so an undulating organism is created, a veritable ocean of sounds, which Debussy orchestrated with relish and dazzle. A showpiece for the magnificent Royal Concertgebouworkest, this time led by the British conductor Daniel Harding.  

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    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.

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    Daniel Harding

    Born in Oxford in 1975, Daniel Harding began his career as an assistant to Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado. He made his debuts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1994 and, in 1996, with the Berlin Philharmonic, with which he still performs regularly. His first leadership positions took him to the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which elected him Honorary Conductor for Life in 2011. Since 2007, Harding has been chief of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; he has extended his contract there until 2023. He also stood at the helm of the Orchestre de Paris from 2016 to summer 2019 and was Principal Guest Conductor at the London Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2016. In 2018, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Anima Mundi Festival in Pisa. Harding also works with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouworkest, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and major American orchestras. As an opera conductor, he has appeared many times at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and the Salzburg Festival. For his performances of Verdi’s Falstaff and Schubert’s Fierabras at La Scala in Milan, he was awarded the Premio Abbiati, the prize of the Italian music critics. The Vienna, Bavarian, and Berlin Staatsoper companies and London’s Royal Opera House have also engaged him for various productions. His CDs have received numerous awards, including a Grammy for his recording of Britten’s Billy Budd. Harding has been Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres since 2002 and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music since 2012; in 2021, he was appointed Commander in the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In addition to his musical work, he has also obtained a pilot’s license and flies passenger aircraft.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 16 August 2003 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in works by Haydn, Kelterborn, and Schumann.

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    Yefim Bronfman

    The American pianist Yefim Bronfman was born in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) in 1958: his father was a concertmaster in the local opera orchestra, his mother a pianist, and it was from her that he received his first piano lessons. In 1973, the family emigrated to Israel, where Bronfman continued his piano studies with Arie Vardi at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. Soon after, he moved to the United States and perfected his skills with Rudolf Firkušný, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. Bronfman’s international career began in 1978 when he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, and has led to collaborations with the leading orchestras. In the 2020-21 season, despite the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, he performed in Europe with the Royal Concertgebouworkest and participated in livestream concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; in the U.S., he continued his collaborations with the Philadelphia Orchestra; the New York Philharmonic; and the Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. In the 2021-22 season, he will be artist-in-residence with the Concertgebouworkest, with which he will interpret works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff and also give the world premiere of Elena Firsova’s new piano concerto. This will not be the first time Bronfman has unveiled a new score: he has previously premiered works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Magnus Lindberg, and Jörg Widmann. From the beginning of his career, Bronfman has also devoted himself intensively to chamber music, playing with Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, and Yo-Yo Ma, for example, and with Magdalena Kožená, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Emmanuel Pahud. Bronfman, who has been an American citizen since 1989 and was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1991, can point to an extensive discography; he received a Grammy for his recording of the three Bartók concertos.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 25 August 1999 in Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto, with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta.

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

    The auditorium opens 30 minutes before the start of the introduction. Due to the current situation as well as the requirements of the Federal Covid regulation, the number of seats is limited.