Symphony Concert 19

Royal Concertgebouworkest | Manfred Honeck | Anett Fritsch

Wagner | Berg | Bruckner

Wed, 05.09. | 19.30 | No. 18337

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 19

    Royal Concertgebouworkest | Manfred Honeck | Anett Fritsch

    Manfred Honeck  conductor
    Anett Fritsch  soprano
    Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
    Prelude to the third act of the opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    Alban Berg (1885–1935)
    Five Orchestral Songs, Op. 4 based on postcard texts by Peter Altenberg
    Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
    Symphony No. 3 in D minor, WAB 103
    Third version from 1889 in the Leopold Nowak Edition

    Please note the following change of conductor for the concerts of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam on 5 September:

    The symphony concert 19 on 5 September will be conducted by Manfred Honeck, the programme will be unchanged. The change of cast is necessary because the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam has terminated the cooperation with chief conductor Daniele Gatti with immediate effect. Tickets for the concert remain valid. We are very grateful to Manfred Honeck that he can take over on such short notice.

    Anton Bruckner dedicated the mighty Third Symphony to his great idol, Richard Wagner, “the unreachable, world-famous, and sublime master of poetry and music.” The close connection between the two is easy to hear musically, even if Bruckner deleted 15 literal Wagner quotes that appeared in the first version of the Third when he revised the score. But in terms of their personalities, both composers were worlds apart. Wagner was a revolutionary and visionary, a bon vivant living an extravagant lifestyle who was even courted by royalty such as Ludwig II, King of Bavaria. The submissive Bruckner on the other hand fawned before any superior personality, lived for a time in bitter poverty, and often had to read hateful invectives against himself. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will stage a summit meeting of these two brothers in spirit who were nonetheless so unalike. And between their works we hear the singer Anett Fritsch, Salzburg’s acclaimed Donna Elvira and Figaro Countess, in Alban Berg’s aphoristically concise Altenberg Lieder.

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    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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    Manfred Honeck

    The Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck, who has been Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2008, began his career as a violist: he was a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for over ten years. He acquired his first experiences in conducting as an assistant to Claudio Abbado with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra before being appointed Principal Conductor at Zurich Opera in 1991. Honeck worked with the MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig from 1996 to 1999, and he served as Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2006; he was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2016. Honeck has conducted many leading orchestras during his career, including the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Among the ensembles he will guest conduct in the 2018-19 season are the Dresden Staatskapelle, the San Francisco Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic. Honeck was Music Director at the Stuttgart Staatsoper from 2007 to 2011. Additional opera productions have taken him to the Salzburg Festival, the Semperoper in Dresden, the Komische Oper in Berlin, and the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen. Honeck has received numerous awards for his recordings, including, in January 2018, a Grammy for his recording of Shostakovich’s Fifth; he was named Artist of the Year in the International Classical Music Awards in April. Manfred Honeck has received several honorary doctorates and was awarded the honorary title of Professor by the Austrian Federal President.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1996 with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in orchestral songs by Edvard Grieg and Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.

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    Anett Fritsch

    The soprano Anett Fritsch was born in 1986 in Plauen, Germany, and began singing at the age of 13 as a member of the chorus at the municipal theater in her native city; at 15 she began taking on solo parts there. Even before starting her vocal training with Jürgen Kurth at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Academy of Music in Leipzig, she won first prize at the Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2001. In 2006 and 2007 she was a prize winner at the International Chamber Opera Competition at Schloss Rheinsberg; starting in 2007, she began appearing in various roles at Leipzig Opera. From 2009 to 2015, Fritsch was a permanent member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein ensemble, where she sang such Mozart roles as Pamina in The Magic Flute and Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio, as well as Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and Marie in Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment. She made her debuts at Glyndebourne Festival in 2011 as Almirena in Handel’s Rinaldo, at the Theater an der Wien in 2012 as Merione in Gluck’s Telemaco, and at the Salzburg Festival in 2014 as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni; since then the Salzburg Festival has also engaged her as the Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro. Additional credits have taken her to the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Bavarian Staatsoper in Munich, and the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin. Fritsch appeared at the latter in May 2018 as Philidel in Purcell’s King Arthur. Her plans for the 2018-19 season include new productions of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera at La Scala in Milan, Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and Bizet’s Carmen at the Opéra national de Paris. In 2016 Anett Fritsch released an album of Mozart arias.

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

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