Symphony Concert 10

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra | Long Yu | Maxim Vengerov

Avshalomov | Tchaikovsky | Shostakovich

Sun, 20.08.19.30No. 17317

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017

 

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    20.

    Aug

    Sunday
    19.30

    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    Symphony Concert 10

    Shanghai Symphony Orchestra | Long Yu | Maxim Vengerov

    Long Yu  conductor
    Aaron Avshalomov (1894–1965)
    Hutongs of Peking
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 35
    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)
    Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

    For the first time ever, a Chinese symphony orchestra is performing at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. If yet more evidence that classical music has long since become a global language were needed, it would be this appearance by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra under music director Long Yu. These musicians from Asia have planned a program of three Russian composers. Aaron Avshalomov, who was born in 1894, served as a professor at the Shanghai Conservatory, where he taught from 1919 on; he was one of the founders of China’s Western musical tradition. His tone poem Hutongs of Peking captures the sounds and voices that once echoed through the narrow alleys of the Chinese capital. Tchaikovsky’s immortal Violin Concerto will be performed by one of the leading virtuosos of our time, Maxim Vengerov. And the orchestra will demonstrate the degree to which a composer under Stalin had to wrestle with his own identity with Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. Here the composer reacts to the political demand to be popular and monumental – which leads to an absurdly overstated “jubilant” conclusion.

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    Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

    The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, whose roots go back as far as 1879, is the oldest Chinese orchestra. Originally founded 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 SSO 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 SSO’s programs. The history of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, which soon became known as the finest orchestra in the Far East, 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 very 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 perform at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Since 2009 Long Yu has served as Music Director. Under his direction the SSO joined the New York Philharmonic as Cultural Ambassador for Expo 2010 to perform in front of an audience of 100,000 in Central Park. Since 2009 the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra has presented an annual New Year’s Concert that is broadcast on television and which has previously been led by such conductors as Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur, Mikhail Pletnev, Alan Gilbert, and Christoph Eschenbach. Since 2014 its home has been in the newly built Shanghai Symphony Hall, which includes two underground concert halls. The SSO won a Grammy Award for its recording of Tan Dun’s film score Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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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. He returned from Europe and was named Principal Conductor at the Central Opera Theatre in Beijing in 1992, and in 1998 he founded the Beijing Music Festival, which presents both operas and concerts and has since come to be regarded as the most significant music festival in the Eastern Hemisphere. The founding of the China Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000 was also the result of an initiative by Long Yu, and he remains closely associated with the orchestra as its Chief Conductor. He was moreover named head of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in 2003, and he 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 with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra he has toured Europe and the United States; the New York Times subsequently praised him as “China’s Herbert von Karajan.” 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 Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Bamberg Symphony, the Munich Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the classical repertoire, he has also dedicated himself to contemporary music, conducting works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Glass, Guo Wenjing, Tan Dun, Ye Xiaogang, and Unsuk Chin. Among his recordings are works by Chinese composers with Lang Lang.

    May 2017

    Maxim Vengerov

    Maxim Vengerov, who was born in 1974 in Novosibirsk, received his violin training from Galina Turchaninova and Zakhar Bron. In 1985 he became the first 10-year-old to win the Wieniawski Young Violin Player Competition in Poland, and at the 1990 International Carl Flesch Violin Competition he won first prize, the performance prize, and the audience prize. The international career that he has developed since then has led him to partner with the most acclaimed conductors and with all the major orchestras. His recordings have garnered the Grammy Award and the Classical Brit Award, two Gramophone Awards and Echo Classic Awards each, and five Edison Awards. In 2007 Vengerov expanded his spectrum and began studying conducting as well, receiving his degree with distinction in 2014 under Yuri Simonov at the Ippolitov-Ivanov Institute in Moscow. In 2010 he was appointed Chief Conductor of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, and in November 2017 he will make his debut as an opera conductor in Brisbane with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. In the 2016-17 season Vengerov concertized with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and went on a tour to Israel and Europe with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; he played Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and conducted Dvořák’s Ninth with the Munich Philharmonic and performed the Tchaikovsky Concerto and led Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Also a passionate teacher, Maxim Vengerov is a professor at the Royal College of Music in London and at the International Menuhin Music Academy. Since 1997 Vengerov has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, and in this function he has played music for children in Uganda, Thailand, the Balkans, and Turkey; he is also the patron of an education program in South Africa. Vengerov plays an ex-Kreutzer Stradivari built in 1727.

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