Beethoven Day – Symphony Concert 14 ─ CANCELLED

Royal Concertgebouworkest | François-Xavier Roth | Pekka Kuusisto

Beethoven | Rihm | Saunders

Sun, 30.08. | 18.30 | No. 20337

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall


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Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08.-13.09. 2020

 

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    Beethoven Day – Symphony Concert 14 ─ CANCELLED

    Royal Concertgebouworkest | François-Xavier Roth | Pekka Kuusisto

    Pekka Kuusisto  violin
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Leonore Overture No. 3 in C major, Op. 72a
    Wolfgang Rihm (*1952)
    Sostenuto for orchestra
    Swiss premiere
    Rebecca Saunders (*1967)
    Still for violin and orchestra
    Swiss premiere
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 Sinfonia eroica

    The Frenchman François-Xavier Roth is a universalist among conductors: at home with Rameau as much as with Rihm, with Beethoven as well as with Boulez. This does not mean that he treats music from different centuries as though it were all on the same playing field – quite the contrary. With his own ensemble, Les Siècles, he performs works using the instruments appropriate for each era and thus arrives at a strikingly idiomatic sound. The world’s finest symphony orchestras have been benefiting from this experience as well and regularly invite Roth to guest conduct: like the fabulous Concertgebouworkest from Amsterdam this evening. But because Roth is second to none in his understanding of the effects of time and the development of music history, what is old sounds amazingly new and what is new astonishingly familiar. You can look forward to experiencing this tremendous effect when “FXR” (as he is known) pairs two works by Beethoven, whom he considers “the first political composer,” with new pieces by composer-in-residence Rebecca Saunders and Academy Director Wolfgang Rihm.

    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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    François-Xavier Roth

    The French conductor François-Xavier Roth, who was born in 1971 in Neuilly-sur-Seine as the son of the organist Daniel Roth, began his musical career as a flutist. In the mid-1990s, he decided to shift gears and completed the course in conducting led by Janós Fürst at the Paris Conservatoire, additionally taking courses with Jorma Panula. Following his first experiences as Assistant Conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra, where he worked with Pierre Boulez and Sir Colin Davis, in 2003 Roth founded his own ensemble, Les Siècles, with which he performs works from the 17th century up to the present, using period as well as modern instruments. He has made numerous recordings with this ensemble; these have garnered such awards as the German Record Critics’ Prize, the Edison Award, the Diapason d’or, and the Victoires de la Musique. From 2011 to 2016, Roth helmed the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, and since 2015 he has served as Gürzenich Kapellmeister and General Music Director of the City of Cologne. He has additionally served as Principal Guest
    Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra since 2017, inaugurating his position there with a Debussy cycle. In January 2018, the Philharmonie in Paris named him the first “artiste associé” in its history. Roth has guest conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, and the Orchestre de Paris. His most recent release, which appeared in the spring of 2018, is of Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye and Le Tombeau de Couperin with Les Siècles. On Bastille Day 2017, François-Xavier Roth was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 10 September 2013, conducting the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg in works by Ligeti, Czernowin, Wyschnegradsky and Haas.

    July 2018

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