Symphony Concert 27

Staatskapelle Berlin | Daniel Barenboim

Mozart | Bruckner

Sat, 16330

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016



    Daniel Barenboim  conductor
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D major, K. 537 Coronation Concerto
    Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
    Symphony No. 6 in A major WAB 106
    (Leopold Nowak edition)

    Nicknames and dedications can sometimes be misleading. Mozart performed his penultimate Piano Concerto in D major on 15 October 1790 in Frankfurt am Main as part of a matinee concert during celebrations of the coronation of Leopold II, but not as an official part of the festival program. He freely improvised its piano part – only posthumously did his publisher fill the notes out in the score. Still, posterity has dubbed the work the Coronation Concerto, recognizing in this music a special pageantry and a kind of social brilliance. Anton Bruckner meanwhile dedicated his Sixth Symphony in A major to the Viennese philosophy professor Anton Ritter von Oelzelt-Nervin, who had made an apartment available to him free of rent – earning a unique payoff, instead, as a benefactor in music history. Bruckner described the Sixth as his “boldest” symphony, and this is indeed an unconventionally designed work, one replete with eccentric ideas.

    Staatskapelle Berlin

    The Staatskapelle Berlin, which was founded by the Brandenburg Elector Joachim II as a court orchestra and which was mentioned in documents for the first time in 1570, ranks among the world’s oldest orchestras. When Frederick the Great opened the Royal Opera in 1742, the ensemble’s activities expanded: since that time the orchestra has enjoyed a closer association with the opera house Unter den Linden. Famous musical figures have led the concert series, which was established in 1842: the list of conductors ranges from Spontini, Mendelssohn, and Meyerbeer through Weingartner, Strauss, and Furtwängler to Karajan, Konwitschny, and Suitner. Even Richard Wagner worked with the Court Orchestra – and since then his works have been cornerstones of its repertoire. Since 1992 Daniel Barenboim has helmed the ensemble; in 2000 the orchestra named him Conductor for Life. Along with subscription concerts at the Berlin Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus, the Staatskapelle regularly tours to the musical centers of Europe, Israel, Japan, China, and North and South America. As part of an annual festival the musicians also often present work cycles, including two rounds of the ten great Wagner operas. In the area of concert music they performed the nine Bruckner symphonies in Tokyo at the beginning of 2016; in the 2016-17 season they will present the complete cycle in New York and Paris as well. The Staatskapelle Berlin has been named Ensemble of the Year five times by the magazine Opernwelt; in 2003 it received the Furtwängler Prize and a Grammy Award and, in 2007, the Echo Klassik. With the Orchestra Academy, which was founded in 1997, the members are also active in the field of training; many of them additionally volunteer as part of the Musikkindergarten, which Daniel Barenboim founded in 2005.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut in September 1994 with two concepts of works by Beethoven, Wagner, and Verdi under the direction of Daniel Barenboim.

    August 2016

    Daniel Barenboim

    The conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, both of whose parents were piano teachers, was born in Buenos Aires in 1942 and began giving public performances at the age of seven. In 1952 his family moved to Israel, where he won the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Competition in 1953 for a scholarship to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He also took courses in conducting with Igor Markevitch and, in 1954, was introduced to Wilhelm Furtwängler, who described him as a “phenomenon.” During the first phase of his career, Barenboim toured as an internationally successful concert pianist. Since making his conducting debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1967, he has been in demand by all of the leading orchestras. Barenboim’s first permanent position was at the head of the Orchestre de Paris from 1975 to 1989, and between 1991 and 2006 he was Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which later named him Honorary Conductor. He made his operatic debut in 1973 with Mo­zart’s Don Giovanni at the Edinburgh Festival; in 1981 he conducted at Bayreuth for the first time, returning there every summer until 1999. Since 1992 Barenboim has been General Music Director of the Berlin Staatsoper, and in 2000 the Staatskapelle Berlin appointed him Chief Conductor for Life. He had a close partnership with La Scala in Milan from 2007 to 2014, most recently as Music Director. In 1999 Barenboim founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which unites young musicians from Israel, the Arab countries, and Spain. In March 2017 he opened the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, where he performs works ranging from the Classical era to the present with his newly founded Boulez Ensemble. Barenboim has received many honors for his artistic and cultural-political work, such as the Prince of Asturias Concord Prize, the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal, the Siemens Music Prize, the Goethe Medal, and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale Award.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 25 August 1966, performing piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven with the English Chamber Orchestra.

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