Symphony Concert 25

Royal Concertgebouworkest | Daniele Gatti | Chen Reiss

Haydn | Mahler

Tue, 05.09. | 19.30 | No. 17354

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    Symphony Concert 25

    Royal Concertgebouworkest | Daniele Gatti | Chen Reiss

    Daniele Gatti  conductor
    Chen Reiss  soprano
    Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
    Symphony in C major Hob. I:82 The Bear
    Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
    Symphony No. 4 in G major

    What do Joseph Haydn and Gustav Mahler have in common? Musical humor and a delight in folklore, in the intersection of the elite and the popular, which was central to the identity of both. In the finale of his first Paris symphony, Haydn composed a rustic bagpipe dance with such a down-to-earth drone that his contemporaries thought even a bear could dance to it. And this association immediately led to the work’s nickname: L’Ours. In his Fourth Symphony, Mahler took up the difficult question of what happens to us after we die: but from the child’s perspective, depicting a Paradise that surprisingly resembles a land of milk and honey. For this he set to music a folk poem from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, which the soprano sings in the final movement. Yet behind this seemingly naive facade, Mahler opens up deeper and darker perspectives by having the music contradict the text. With its great Mahler tradition, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is made for this work. 

    Royal Concertgebouworkest

    The Royal Concertgebouworkest (RCO) was founded in 1888 as the Concertgebouworkest for the opening of Amsterdam’s concert hall; it officially received the appellation “Royal” to mark its 100th anniversary. Willem Kees was the first chief conductor and in 1895 passed the reins on to Willem Mengelberg. For a half-century, Mengelberg influenced the orchestra and established its great Mahler tradition. Eduard van Beinum was the first to helm the RCO following the Second World War and was succeeded by Bernard Haitink (1961–1988), Riccardo Chailly (1988–2004), Mariss Jansons (2004–2015), and Daniele Gatti (2016–2018). Leading composers such as Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss conducted the RCO on more than one occasion. The orchestra still regularly collaborates with contemporary composers and premieres their works. In addition to some 90 concerts in Amsterdam, the RCO gives 40 concerts at leading concert halls throughout the world each year and will tour to Japan and Taiwan this November. In the 2019-20 season, the violist Tabea Zimmermann will serve as artist-in-residence and the British composer and conductor Thomas Adès will play a major role with a six-part concert series. More than 1,100 recordings on LP, CD, and DVD to date, which since 2004 have been released on its in-house label, document the RCO’s artistic achievements. The orchestra is also committed to developing talent through the RCO Academy, collaborative efforts with other institutions, and Young, a youth orchestra for “hidden talent” from all over Europe launched in 2019. The RCO is co-funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science; the Municipality of Amsterdam; sponsors; funds; and numerous donors all over the world. The largest portion of its income is generated by proceeds from the concerts it gives in and outside the Netherlands.

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

    August 2019

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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 held 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). For many years, Gatti has enjoyed 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 2019 he will lead the Berlin Philharmonic in Verdi’s Otello at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival. In the concert hall, Gatti has collaborated with many leading orchestras in addition to those previously named, including the Filarmonica della Scala, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which appointed him to be its Artistic Advisor in 2016. His most recent CD release, which appeared in June 2018, is of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Daniele Gatti is a Grande Ufficiale al Merito of the Italian Republic; France has 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. He teaches at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana.

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

    July 2018

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    Chen Reiss

    The soprano Chen Reiss was born in Herzliya, Israel, and began her vocal training at the age of 14. Following military service in her homeland, she continued her studies in New York, where she made her operatic debut in 2000 as Mademoiselle Silberklang in Mozart’s The Impresario at the World Bank Mozart Festival. Chen Reiss also sang for Zubin Mehta in New York, who then engaged her to appear at the Bavarian Staatsoper, where she remained a member of the permanent ensemble from 2003 to 2006. She subsequently decided to become a freelance artist; her credits since then include the major roles of the lyric soprano repertoire, with such companies as the Vienna Staatsoper, Dresden Semperoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Scala in Milan,  Dutch National Opera, and New Israeli Opera. In the 2016-17 season, Chen Reiss performed in five productions at the Vienna Staatsoper: as Morgana in Handel’s Alcina (conducted by Marc Minkowski); Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel; Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio; and, from the Strauss repertoire, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and Zdenka in Arabella. She additionally sang Liù in Puccini’s Turandot with the Israel Philharmonic and concertized with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In the 2017-18 season, she will join William Christie to perform in Handel’s Ariodante in Vienna, Barcelona, and Madrid; also on her agenda is her debut at the Royal Opera House in London, where she will sing Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Chen Reiss has moreover collaborated with Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, Kirill Petrenko, Christian Thielemann, and Franz Welser-
    Möst. Her solo album Liaisons received a Diapason d’Or in 2011.

    July 2017

    18:30 | Introduction to the Concert with Malte Lohmann | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    (in German)

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