Recital Sol Gabetta

Sol Gabetta | Kristian Bezuidenhout

Brahms | Schubert | Beethoven | Mendelssohn

Wed, 24.08. | 19.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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08.08.-11.09. 2022

 

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    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78 arranged in D major for cello and piano
    Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
    Allegretto quasi andantino from the Piano Sonata in A minor, D 537
    Hungarian Melody, D 817
    Andante from the Piano Sonata in A major, D 664
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
    Variations concertantes, Op. 17
    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38

    “Soloist”: a word that for Sol Gabetta conjures ambivalent feelings. After all, it derives from the Italian adjective “solo,” which means “alone,” thus implying a certain loneliness. Still, the Argentine cellist, who began her international career in 2004 as a winner of the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award at Lucerne Festival and inspired audiences here in 2018 as our “artiste étoile,” is an avowed supporter of cooperation and therefore places all the more value on chamber music, on the art of playing together. And she has found a likeminded spirit in the Australian all-rounder Kristian Bezuidenhout. He will play three different keyboards at this duo performance: a fortepiano by Conrad Graf, a historic Blüthner Grand Piano, and a modern Steinway Grand Piano. For each of the evening’s four composers, who include Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Brahms, the two will thus be able to generate a distinctive sound world, demonstrating the manifold personalities that keyboard instruments can express. Of course the same hold for the cello, since Sol Gabetta will elicit corresponding nuances of color from her instrument.

    Sol Gabetta

    Sol Gabetta is “artiste étoile” of the 2018 Summer Festival, where she is performing in three symphony concerts with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as two chamber concerts. The international career of this cellist, who was born in 1981 in Córdoba, Argentina, to French-Russian parents and who completed her studies with Ivan Monighetti in Basel and David Geringas in Berlin, is closely linked to LUCERNE FESTIVAL. As the winner of the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, she made her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic in 2004. Since then she has worked with such ensembles as the Orchestre national de France and the Orchestre de Paris, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles and London Philharmonics, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Sol Gabetta made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2014 when she appeared under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival. In spring 2018, she concertized with the Saxon Staatskapelle under Christian Thielemann at the Salzburg Easter Festival, where she also received the Karajan Music Prize. Shortly after, she performed the Schumann Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel. Sol Gabetta is a passionate chamber musician and has been producing her own festival, “SOLsberg,” at the abbey church in Olsberg since 2006; in 2018, together with her long-time duo partner Bertrand Chamayou, she performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, and the Philharmonie Luxembourg. She has received the Echo Klassik no fewer than four times for her recordings. Sol Gabetta plays a cello built by Matteo Goffriller in 1730 in Venice, made available by Atelier Cels Paris.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 29 August 2001 in a concert of works by Penderecki, Schubert, Vasks, and Tchaikovsky.

    July 2018

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    Kristian Bezuidenhout

    Born in 1979 in South Africa, Kristian Bezuidenhout received his training in Australia and later at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Among his teachers were Rebecca Penneys, Malcolm Bilson, Robert Levin, and Arthur Haas. At the age of 21 Bezuidenhout won first prize as well as the audience prize at the celebrated Fortepiano Competition in Bruges and launched his international career. He plays not only on such period keyboard instruments as the fortepiano and the harpsichord but also on the modern piano. A focus of his repertoire is the music of the Baroque and Classical eras. As a soloist he has performed piano concertos with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; in the 2014-15 season he concertized with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and the ensembles Il Giardino Armonico and The English Concert. Bezuidenhout performs chamber music with the violinists Isabelle Faust, Pe-tra Müllejans, and Viktoria Mullova as well as with the cellists Pieter Wispel-wey and Jean-Guihen Queyras. Be-
    zuidenhout is also involved in the genre of the art song and collaborates with Carolyn Sampson and Mark Padmore. Bezuidenhout is currently recording a ten-CD cycle of the Mozart sonatas for Harmonia mundi; the first seven CDs in the series have been awarded the Diapason Découverte and the German Record Critics’ Prize. He has additionally twice received the ECHO Klassik: in 2011 for his recording of Beethoven’s violin sonatas with Viktoria Mullova and in 2013 for piano concertos of Mozart with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 27 November 2009 with piano works by Wolfgang Amadé Mozart.

    August 2015

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