Symphony Concert 27

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra | Charles Dutoit | Martha Argerich

Enescu | Beethoven | Debussy | Ravel

Fri, 08.09. | 19.30 | No. 17358

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    Symphony Concert 27

    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra | Charles Dutoit | Martha Argerich

    Charles Dutoit  conductor
    George Enescu (1881–1955)
    Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11, no. 1
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
    Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    La Mer
    Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)

    What makes Martha Argerich such a great artist? Martin Meyer, the Swiss authority when it comes to the keyboard, sees the secret as her “passion for making music: the pianistic aspect itself suddenly becomes peripheral as the performer immerses herself totally in the works. This mastery of concentration lays a foundation on which everything else develops organically: the joy of playing, humor, wit, as well as the ability to continually highlight each interjection, each phrase, the melody and the meter.” This time “Magna Martha” will dedicate these remarkable gifts to Ludwig van Beethoven, whose concertos she has played over the 50 years of her career. Together with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Charles Dutoit, she will perform the First Piano Concerto in C major. And Dutoit for his part will conduct two pieces he singles out as his favorites: Debussy’s tone poem La mer, with its intoxicating waves of sound, and Ravel’s magic Boléro, whose repeated rhythmic patterns and massive orchestral crescendo exert an almost hypnotic effect on the listener. 

    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) was founded in 1946 by Thomas Beecham with the aim of presenting standard-setting performances of the most important works in the musical literature. Beecham himself was committed to that mission as Chief Conductor, in which position he remained until his death in 1961. His successors have included Rudolf Kempe (1962–75); Antal Dorati (1975–78); and André Previn (1985–92), who shared duties helming the RPO with Vladimir Ashkenazy (1987–94). In 1996 Daniele Gatti began his tenure in the chief position, and Charles Dutoit has served as Music Director since 2009. Pinchas Zukerman holds the title of Principal Guest Conductor, and Alexander Shelley is Principal Associate Conductor. Cadogan Hall in London is the main home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which also gives concert series at Royal Albert Hall. Prominent conductors and soloists are regular guest artists with the RPO: In the 2016-17 season, in which the orchestra celebrated its 70th birthday, these included Marin Alsop, Martha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon, Juan Diego Flórez, Vasily Petrenko, and Vadim Repin. In 1950 the RPO undertook its first tour of the United States – the second British orchestra to do so – and in 2016 it toured the USA once again under Zukerman; in the spring of 2017 the RPO performed in Aix-en-Provence, Cologne, Munich, and Essen. In the social sphere, the RPO is engaged in projects for the homeless and in probationary institutions and youth clubs, including concerts for primary schools and families. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra founded its own record label, RPO Records, in 1986, and since 2015 it has also run an online radio station. In addition to its classical programs, the RPO also performs with pop stars and works in film and television. The RPO is under the patronage of the Duke of York.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on September 1980 in a program of works by Haydn, Szymanowski, and Brahms led by Antal Dorati.

    April 2017

    Charles Dutoit

    Charles Dutoit, who was born in 1936 in Lausanne, acquired a comprehensive musical education in the subjects of violin, viola, piano, percussion, composition, and conducting at the Conservatories of Lausanne and Geneva. He completed his studies with Alceo Galliera in Siena and Charles Münch in Tanglewood. He was only 20 when Herbert von Karajan invited him to conduct at the Vienna Staatsoper; since then has been active in the field of opera at the Royal Opera House in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Los Angeles Opera, and at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as well. For a quarter century (from 1977 to 2002), Charles Dutoit served as Artistic Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, which he has made into a world-class ensemble. His numerous recordings with the Orchester have garnered more than forty international awards. Dutoit was also Music Director of the Orchestre National de France from 1991 until 2001 and of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo from 1998 until 2003. He has been Principal Conductor and Artistic Director with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009. Charles Dutoit has enjoyed a close association with the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1980 and was named its Honorary Conductor in 2012. He has guest conducted the leading U.S. orchestras in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh; among the ensembles he has led in Europe are the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the major London orchestras. A passionate globetrotter, Charles Dutoit, has traveled to 196 different countries, is an honorary citizen of Philadelphia, Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and Officier de l’Ordre du Canada; in 2014 he was honored for his life’s work with the International Classical Music Award. 

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1967 with the Swiss Festival Orchestra in works by Haydn, Chopin, Stravinsky, and Ravel.

    April 2017


    Martha Argerich

    Born in 1941 in Buenos Aires, Martha Argerich, who made her concert debut at the age of 8, came to Europe in 1955 to continue her piano studies in Vienna with Friedrich Gulda. In 1957 she won the Busoni Competition in Bolzano, Italy, and the Geneva Piano Competition; she nevertheless carried on with her studies, working with Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Stefan Askenase before she took first prize in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1965 and began her international career. Since then Martha Argerich has ranked among the finest pianists of our era; she has concertized with the leading conductors and orchestras, performing a repertoire ranging from Bach to Bartók. Over the last two decades, chamber music has come to play an especially significant role in her artistic work. Among her preferred musical partners are the violinist Gidon Kremer; the cellist Mischa Maisky; and the pianists Nelson Freire, Alexandre Rabinovitch, and Lilya Zilberstein, with whom she plays in a duo. From 2002 to 2016 she led her own Festival in Lugano, Switzerland, in which she performed together with renowned colleagues and young artists. Her recordings have garnered numerous awards. She has won the coveted Grammy Award three times: for her account of concertos by Proko-fiev and Bartók (1999), for a duo CD with Mikhail Pletnev (2005), and for her Beethoven concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Claudio Abbado (2006). In 2014 she won the Echo Klassik Award for her performance of Mozart concertos, also with Abbado. The documentary Argerich, which her daughter Stéphanie produced in 2013, presents a film portrayal of the pianist. In the fall of 2005 Martha Argerich was honored for her life work with the Praemium Imperiale; since 2014 she has been an Honorary Member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 20 August 1969 playing Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the Swiss Festival Orchestra and Charles Dutoit.

    November 2017

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

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