Recital 2 – Piano and Voice ─ CANCELLED

Sir András Schiff | Jan Petryka | Ema Nikolovska

Beethoven | Schumann | Janáček

Wed, 19.08. | 19.30 | No. 20310

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08.-13.09. 2020




    Recital 2 – Piano and Voice ─ CANCELLED

    Sir András Schiff | Jan Petryka | Ema Nikolovska

    Ema Nikolovska  alto
    Women of the Bavarian Radio Choir  
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    An die ferne Geliebte (“To the Distant Beloved”), Op. 98
    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Fantasie in C major, Op. 17
    Leoš Janáček (1854–1928)
    The Diary of One Who Disappeared for tenor, alto, women’s choir, and piano

    In this recital, which András Schiff has designed with extreme subtlety, everything revolves around love. Ludwig van Beethoven, whose own dreams of love remained unfulfilled, represents love as unattainable in his song cycle To the Distant Beloved. Robert Schumann, who had to go through a lengthy battle before he could lead Clara Wieck to the altar, quotes the closing song from Beethoven’s cycle (“Nimm sie hin denn, diese Lieder”) in the finale of one of his most important piano pieces: the C major Fantasy, a confession of love that was written in a state between hope and anxiety. On the other hand, in The Diary of One Who Disappeared, Leoš Janáček considers the fate of a peasant boy who, against all odds, chooses a young Roma woman and secretly vanishes with her. Accompanying Schiff is the tenor Jan Petryka, a pupil of Marjana Lipovšek, who has a clear, light voice that makes him destined for lieder. That the pair dedicate their recital to Ernst Haefliger and Rafael Kubelík, the most prominent performers of Janáček’s Diary, is also surely a declaration of love.

    Sir András Schiff

    Sir András Schiff was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1953 and began piano lessons with Elisabeth Vadász at the age of five, later continuing his studies with Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados in his native city and with George Malcolm in London. The focus of his artistic work is on the keyboard compositions of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, and Bartók. Since 2004, Schiff has performed complete cycles of the 32 piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven in more than 20 cities and has recorded the entire set. He appears regularly with the leading international orchestras and conductors, with a special focus on performing the piano concertos of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart as both soloist and conductor. It was for this purpose that he founded the Cappella Andrea Barca in 1999, and he also collaborates closely with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Schiff has moreover been a passionate chamber musician since childhood. He led the Mondsee Music Festival from 1989 to 1998 and the Ittingen Whitsun Concerts from 1995 to 2013 (together with Heinz Holliger); since 1998, he has helmed the Omaggio a Palladio concert series in Vicenza. He additionally teaches at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin. Sir András Schiff is a recipient of the Robert Schumann Prize (2011), the Golden Mozart Medal (2012), and the Gold Medal of the London Royal Philharmonic Society (2013). In June 2014, he was bestowed a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Charles, in his capacity as President of the Royal College of Music, awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2018. His book Musik kommt aus der Stille was published in 2017. Sir András Schiff has taken a stand against the alarming political development in Hungary. In response to abusive attacks by Hungarian nationalists, he has decided to give no more concerts in his native land.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 21 August 1990 in a recital of works by Janáček, Bartók, Schubert, and Haydn.

    July 2019

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    Jan Petryka

    Der polnische Tenor Jan Petryka, der aus Warschau stammt, studierte Violoncello in Linz und Graz, ehe er sich in Wien bei Rotraud Hansmann und Marjana Lipovšek zum Sänger ausbilden liess. Im Bereich der Sakralmusik beginnt sein Repertoire mit der franko-flämischen Vokalpolyphonie und erstreckt sich über das Bachsche Kantatenwerk, die Wiener Klassik und die Romantik bis zu zeitgenössischen Komponisten. Jan Petryka debutierte 2012 im Wiener Konzerthaus mit Schuberts Alfonso und Estrella unter der Leitung von Ivor Bolton; er sang im Musikverein Franz Schmidts Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln unter Erwin Ortner und absolvierte 2013 eine Europatournee mit Marc Minkowski und Les Musiciens du Louvre. Im selben Jahr feierte er auch seinen Einstand an der Opéra National de Lyon als Tamino in Mozarts Zauberflöte. Ausserdem wirkte er bei der Ersteinspielung von Haydns Philemon und Baucis mit der Haydn Sinfonietta Wien mit.

    Februar 2014