Symphony Concert 5

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra | Long Yu | Frank Peter Zimmermann

Chen | Prokofiev | Rachmaninoff

Fri, 23.08. | 19.30 | No. 19314

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Symphony Concert 5

    Shanghai Symphony Orchestra | Long Yu | Frank Peter Zimmermann

    Long Yu  conductor
    Qigang Chen (*1951)
    Wu Xing (The Five Elements)
    Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
    Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19
    Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
    Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

    The First Violin Concerto by Sergei Prokofiev opened the door to the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann’s remarkable career. Even at the age of 10, it was his favorite concerto, and he listened to David Oistrakh’s recording over and over. He later began performing this work in the leading international concert halls, recording it himself with Lorin Maazel in 1987. “Strangely enough, it was then completely absent from my life for two decades, when other things became more important,” says Zimmermann, “but now I’ve returned to it and am overjoyed to be playing it again.” In Lucerne he will perform the Prokofiev concerto with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra under Long Yu, who made their acclaimed debut at the Festival two years ago. They will also take on a highly virtuosic, captivating orchestral work when they play Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. Written against the backdrop of the  Second  World War, Rachmaninoff’s score quotes the melody of the Dies irae (invoking  the Last Judgment) as well as Russian Orthodox liturgy, reminding us that there are powers even higher than the profane.

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    Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

    This year the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 140th birthday: founded in 1879, it is the oldest Chinese orchestra. Initially appearing as the Shanghai Public Band, it was renamed the Shanghai Municipal Council Symphony Orchestra in 1922 and then given its current name in 1956. A major influence on the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra was the Italian conductor Mario Paci, who took over leadership in 1919 and familiarized the Chinese musicians with Western music. At the same time, he inspired Chinese composers to write new works, ensuring that these were heard on the programs. The history of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, which soon became known as one of the finest orchestras in Asia, thus unfolded in tandem with the development of modern Chinese music. Since the late 1970s, following the end of the Cultural Revolution, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra has been especially active as a touring ensemble. It made its debut at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1990, performed for the first time in Europe as part of the Chinese-French Cultural Year in 2004, and in 2005 became the first Chinese Orchestra to appear at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Since 2009 Long Yu has served as Music Director. Under his direction, the ensemble joined the New York Philharmonic to perform as Cultural Ambassador of Expo 2010 before an audience of 100,000 in Central Park. The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra has regularly toured internationally since then: other stops during the summer of 2019 include at the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh und Ravinia Festivals, Grafenegg, and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Its home since 2014 has been in the newly built Shanghai Symphony Hall, which includes two underground concert halls. The orchestra won a Grammy Award for its recording of Tan Dun’s film score Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 2017, as the first Chinese orchestra to play here, with a program of works by Avshalomov, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich led by Long Yu.

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    Long Yu

    The Chinese conductor Long Yu, who was born in 1964 in Shanghai, received his earliest musical training from his grandfather, the composer Ding Shande. He later studied piano and conducting at the Shanghai Conservatory; after graduating in 1987, he continued his studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin. In 1992 he returned from Europe and was named Principal Conductor at the Central Opera Theatre in Beijing, and in 1998 he founded the Beijing Music Festival, which presents both operas and concerts and has since come to be regarded as the leading music festival in the Eastern Hemisphere. He was in charge there for 20 years, until 2018. Long Yu also led the initiative to found the China Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000, and he remains closely associated with that orchestra as its Chief Conductor. He was named head of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in 2003 and has served as Music Director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra since 2009 and as Principal Guest Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 2015. He has performed at the Vatican with the China Philharmonic and has toured through Europe and the United States with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, leading the New York Times to acclaim him “China’s Herbert von Ka-
    rajan.” As a guest conductor, Long Yu has worked with such renowned ensembles as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia and Philharmonia Orchestras, the Orchestre de Paris, the Munich Philharmonic, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the classical repertoire, he is dedicated to contemporary music, conducting works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Glass, Tan Dun, Unsuk Chin, and Qigang Chen. He recently recorded Chen’s Wu Xing for his inaugural release on Deutsche Grammophon, which signed him in 2018 as an exclusive artist.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 2017, conducting the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in a program of works by Avshalomov, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich.

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    Frank Peter Zimmermann

    Frank Peter Zimmermann, who was born in Duisburg in 1965, began playing violin at the age of five and gave his first orchestral concert as a soloist when he was ten. After studying with Valery Gradov, Saschko Gawriloff, and Herman Krebbers, he launched his international career in 1983 when he made his Salzburg Festival debut with the Vienna Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel. Since then he has appeared at all the major festivals, performed with renowned orchestras and conductors of the Old and New Worlds, and has been artist-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. In the 2018-19 season, he served as “Capell-Virtuos” with the Dresden Staatskapelle and also performed with the Berlin and New York Philharmonics, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Staatskapelle, the Czech Philharmonic, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. Together with the violist Antoine Tamestit and the cellist Christian Poltéra, he founded the Trio Zimmermann in 2007; he is currently presenting a cycle of all of the Beethoven sonatas with the pianist Martin Helmchen. Zimmermann has premiered Magnus Lindberg’s Second Violin Concerto, Augusta Read Thomas’s Juggler in Paradise, Brett Dean’s The Lost Art of Letter Writing, and Matthias Pintscher’s En sourdine. In acknowledgment of his artistic achievements, he received the Premio dell’ Accademia Musicale Chigiana in 1990, the Rheinischer Musikpreis in 1994, the Music Prize of the City of Duisburg in 2002, and the Paul Hindemith Prize in 2010. His extensive discography ranges from Bach’s Sonatas for violin and keyboard to Lindberg’s Second Violin Concerto, which he released in autumn 2018. Zimmermann plays the Lady Inchiquin Stradivarius built in 1711, which is kindly provided by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, "Kunst im Landesbesitz”.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 25 August 1979 as part of the Young Artists series in works by Tartini, Beethoven, Ysaÿe, Webern, and Saint-Saëns.

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