Mozart | Beethoven

Sun, 16.08. | 18.30 | No. 20634

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

Please book a wheelchair ticket under t +41 (0) 41 226 44 80 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Life Is Live

14.08.-23.08. 2020






    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Divertimento in D major for oboe, two horns, two violins, viola, and double bass, K. 251
    Nannerl Septet
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20 for violin, viola, clarinet, horn, bassoon, cello, and double bass

    How did Ludwig van Beethoven become a great symphonist? The Septet that he composed in 1799, on the threshold of a new century, marks a milestone on his path there. This large-scale chamber work, with its mixed instrumentation of winds and strings, essentially comprises an orchestra in miniature. Yet at the same time, Beethoven founded a new genre of ensemble music, one which many composers – from Franz Schubert through Johannes Brahms to Jean Françaix – were to follow with nonets, octets, sextets, or quintets. Beethoven’s bright and entertaining Septet combines musical logic with catchy melodies, offering a spirited musical conversation. And it is precisely with this kind of exchange that the soloists of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, who have dedicated themselves to making music in a spirit of friendship, are masters of their craft. They will also show this with the Nannerl Septet, which Wolfgang Amadé Mozart wrote in 1776, presumably for the name day of his sister Maria Anna: artfully playful music that radiates a festive mood as pleasurable as champagne.


    Free Program Booklets and Audio Introductions (in German)
    In keeping with health regulations, this summer we will not be selling printed program booklets in the KKL Luzern. Instead, starting now, you can download all of the program booklets for the "Life Is Live" Festival concerts here free of charge (in PDF format). In addition, we are offering audio introductions by Festival dramaturg Susanne Stähr to selected events; these contain numerous examples of the music to be performed.

    Concert Broadcasts
    Live Stream in Europe on Arte Concert via and will be available for 90 days

    Students at LUCERNE FESTIVAL
    In order to comply with the rules for distancing stipulated by the Federal Office of Public Health of the Swiss Confederation, all events are taking place with a limited number of seats. Receive reduced concert tickets for selected concerts in advance for CHF 20.00. Concert tickets at the ticket box will unfortunately not be available.
    Pre Ticket Sales


    The summer of 2003 saw the birth of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, which was founded by the Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger. They established a link with the legendary “elite orchestra” for which Arturo Toscanini assembled acclaimed virtuosos of his time to create a magnificent ensemble, introducing it in a “Concert de Gala” in 1938, the year of the Festival’s founding. Abbado served as Music Director of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA up until his death in January 2014. Riccardo Chailly was appointed his successor in 2016 and has since extended his contract until 2023. Guest conductors have included Andris Nelsons, Bernard Haitink, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The orchestra consists of internationally acclaimed principals, chamber musicians, and music teachers, as well as members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala. At the “Life Is Live” Festival in the summer of 2020, it is appearing for the first time under the baton of the Swedish maestro Herbert Blomstedt in two all-Beethoven programs. There will be an additional chamber music program of septets by Mozart and Beethoven. Many of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’s performances have been broadcast on television and then released on DVD or CD. These have garnered such awards as the Diapason d’Or, the BBC Music Magazine Award, and the International Classical Music Award. Their most-recent releases include a CD of orchestral works by Richard Strauss, which came out in 2019, and, in the summer of 2020, a DVD of the first part of their Rachmaninoff cycle under Riccardo Chailly, featuring the Third Piano Concerto with Denis Matsuev as the soloist and the Third Symphony. The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA has previously toured to many of the musical metropolises in Europe, as well as to New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Shanghai.

    The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA has been performing annually at the Summer Festival since its first appearance in 2003.

    August 2020

    Other dates