Symphony Concert 16

Royal Concertgebouworkest | Tugan Sokhiev | Tabea Zimmermann

Brahms | Bartók | Tchaikovsky

Tue, 03.09. | 19.30 | No. 19338

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Symphony Concert 16

    Royal Concertgebouworkest | Tugan Sokhiev | Tabea Zimmermann

    Tugan Sokhiev  conductor
    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a
    Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    Viola Concerto, Sz 120
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 Winter Dreams

    The Fascists had driven him into exile. In America, the country of refuge, his music was hardly performed. And then he became ill with leukemia. But Béla Bartók did not give up. He continued to compose untiringly, almost to his last breath. Nevertheless, he was not able to finish his Viola Concerto. After his death, it was completed by a third party, expanded, and changed in substance. Still, Tabea Zimmermann studied the autograph sketches to explore Bartók’s original intentions. In Lucerne, she will play the work in this form, presenting Bartók’s “last will.” In the second part, Tugan Sokhiev, the head of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, will show that music is also an art of perfect illusion with the famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. With Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony, he will let us hear a horse-drawn sleigh glide across the snow-covered tundra, a samovar as it boils, and ice flowers that blossom on windows. A Russian winter dream, garnished with the loveliest folk melodies. Will anyone still believe that it is summer?

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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.

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    Tugan Sokhiev

    The Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev was born in 1977 in Vladikavkaz in North Ossetia. He completed his studies in St. Petersburg and was one of the last students of the legendary Ilya Musin, who also mentored Semyon Bychkov, Valery Gergiev, and Teodor Currentzis. Sokhiev became known in the West when he conducted Puccini’s La Bohème at the Welsh National Opera in 2002. In the following year, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin; he appeared for the first time at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2004 leading Prokofiev’s L’Amour des trois oranges and at Houston Grand Opera in 2006 with Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Sokhiev was appointed head of the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse in 2008, which he still helms today. From 2012 to 2016, he additionally served as Principal Conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He has been Music Director of the acclaimed Bolshoi Theater in Moscow since 2014, where in the 2018-19 season he led new productions of Bernstein’s Candide, Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims, and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Sokhiev regularly collaborates as a guest conductor with the Berlin Philharmonic, whose famous Waldbühne summer concert he led in June 2019. He also conducts the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia and London Symphony Orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the Philadelphia and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. Sokhiev’s discography encompasses works by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Mussorgsky. He is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite; he was voted Musical Personality of the Year by the Association of French Music Critics in 2014 and in 2018 was awarded the Russian Order “For Merit to the Fatherland.”

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 9 September 2016, conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in a concert of works by Mendelssohn, Tan Dun, and Tchaikovsky.

    July 2019

    Tabea Zimmermann

    Tabea Zimmermann, who was born in 1966 in Lahr, Germany, began taking viola lessons at the age of three. She studied with Ulrich Koch at the Freiburg Academy of Music starting in 1979 and completed her training with Sándor Végh at the Salzburg Mozarteum in 1986-87. She won the Concours de Genève in 1982, the Concours Maurice Vieux in Paris in 1983, and, in 1984, the Budapest Music Competition. The violist soon began receiving engagements to perform as a soloist with renowned orchestras, particularly the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Czech Philharmonic. Zimmermann has been artist-in-residence with the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Pèlerinages in Weimar, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Bamberg Symphony, and Ensemble Resonanz. Chamber music is also a focus of her artistic work. Together with Antje Weithaas, Daniel Sepec, and Jean-Guihen Queyras, Zimmermann is part of the Arcanto Quartet, which has recorded repertoire ranging from Mozart to Bartók and Dutilleux. Many contemporary composers have created new works for her, including György Ligeti, Heinz Holliger, Wolfgang Rihm, Bruno Mantovani, Enno Poppe, Michael Jarrell, and Pascal Rophé. She is intensively committed to the work of Paul Hindemith and has been recognized for her efforts by being granted the Hindemith Prize of the City of Hanau. Zimmermann has also received the Frankfurt Music Prize, the Hessian Cultural Prize, and the Premio dell’Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, as well as numerous awards for her recordings. Since 2013 she has been chairman of the Beethoven-Haus Association in Bonn and has directed its Beethoven Week since 2015. Tabea Zimmermann has taught at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin since 2002.

    July 2019

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

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