Piano Concert 1

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen | Vladimir Jurowski | Martha Argerich

Mozart | Schumann | Mendelssohn

Sat, 18.11. | 18.30 | No. 17501

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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18.11.-26.11. 2017




    Piano Concert 1

    The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen | Vladimir Jurowski | Martha Argerich

    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Symphony in G major, K. 318
    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra in A minor, Op. 54
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
    Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 Scottish

    When it comes to Robert Schumann’s hyper-Romantic Piano Concerto, Martha Argerich is the go-to artist. “For Argerich there are no bar lines, no uniform tempo, no fixed hierarchy of voices. Everything is in constant flow,” is how the Frankfurter Rundschau attempted to describe the secret of her Schumann interpretation. “Argerich takes the greatest possible freedom afforded by the written score – thereby creating a new concerto, so to speak. It is no longer Schumann. Yet there is nothing of Martha Argerich. It is a kind of music that is so free that no one owns it any longer.” You can experience this miracle at the opening of the 2017 Piano Festival, when the legendary Argentine pianist performs her favorite concerto. She will be joined this time by the fabulous Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen conducted by Vladimir Jurowski: an orchestra that has won multiple awards for its Beethoven and Schumann recordings. Mendelssohn’s Scottish fits in perfectly with this lineup.

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    The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

    The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, which was founded in 1980, arose from the Young German Philharmonic and has operated under its current name since 1992, making its headquarters in Bremen. A total of 41 musicians belong to the ensemble; they are exclusive partners and share artistic and financial responsibility. After their early years had been shaped by their partnership with Mario Venzago, Heinrich Schiff, and Jiří Bělohlávek, Thomas Hengelbrock became the first Chief Conductor to helm the Kammerphilharmonie in 1995. He was succeeded by Daniel Harding and Paavo Järvi, who has held the position of Artistic Director since 2004. With Järvi the orchestra initially worked on a Beethoven project featuring the composer’s complete symphonies, which they also recorded and which won the German Record Critics’ Prize and the Echo Klassik Award. The ensemble has presented the Beethoven cycle in live performances in Tokyo, Yokohama, Warsaw, Strasbourg, Paris, and São Paulo, as well as at the Salzburg Festival and the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, where it served as orchestra-in-residence from 2005 to 2014. They embarked on a Schumann project in 2011, and since 2015 they have focused on the symphonic works of Johannes Brahms, with complete performances in, for example, St. Petersburg and at the Rheingau Music Festival and the Vienna Konzerthaus. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen regularly collaborates with such soloists as Christian Tetzlaff, Maria João Pires, Viktoria Mullova, Hélène Grimaud, Janine Jansen, and Igor Le-vit. It is a resident orchestra of the Elbphilharmonie Concerts Hamburg and, since 2017, also the festival orchestra of the Kissinger Summer. For its company model, the ensemble won the Deutscher Gründerpreis in 2008; DeutschlandRadio Kultur selected it as Orchestra of the Year in 2016.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 22 August 1994 in works by Mozart and Klaus Huber conducted by Heinz Holliger.

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    Vladimir Jurowski

    Vladimir Jurowski, who was born in 1972 as the son of the conductor Michail Jurowski in Moscow, initially studied at the Conservatory of his native city. After the family moved to Germany in 1990, he continued his training at the Music Academies of Dresden and Berlin with Rolf Reuter and Semion Skigin. He made his international debut in 1995 with Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night at the Wexford Festival, which was followed the next year by his first appearance at the Royal Opera House in London with Verdi’s Nabucco. Vladimir Jurowski was First Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper in Berlin from 1997 to 2000 and led the Glyndebourne Festival as Music Director from 2001 to 2013. His close relationship with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which named him First Guest Conductor in 2003, resulted in his appointment in 2007 to Principal Conductor – a position he still holds. Since the beginning of the 2017-18 season, Jurowski has additionally served as head of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Enescu Festival in Bu-charest. He regularly works with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as Principal Artist and belongs to the executive board of the Russian National Orchestra. Vladimir Jurowski has appeared with such opera companies as the Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra national de Paris, Dresden Semperoper, La Scala in Milan, and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie. He made his debuts at the Bavarian Staatsoper in 2015 with Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel and at the Salzburg Festival in 2017 with Berg’s Wozzeck. He has conducted the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Chicago and San Francisco Symphonies, and the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras. In 2007 Vladimir Jurowski won the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 11 August 2011 in a concert with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in works by Mendelssohn and Henze.

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    Martha Argerich

    Born in 1941 in Buenos Aires, Martha Argerich, who made her concert debut at the age of 8, came to Europe in 1955 to continue her piano studies in Vienna with Friedrich Gulda. In 1957 she won the Busoni Competition in Bolzano, Italy, and the Geneva Piano Competition; she nevertheless carried on with her studies, working with Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Stefan Askenase before she took first prize in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1965 and began her international career. Since then Martha Argerich has ranked among the finest pianists of our era; she has concertized with the leading conductors and orchestras, performing a repertoire ranging from Bach to Bartók. Over the last two decades, chamber music has come to play an especially significant role in her artistic work. Among her preferred musical partners are the violinist Gidon Kremer; the cellist Mischa Maisky; and the pianists Nelson Freire, Alexandre Rabinovitch, and Lilya Zilberstein, with whom she plays in a duo. From 2002 to 2016 she led her own Festival in Lugano, Switzerland, in which she performed together with renowned colleagues and young artists. Her recordings have garnered numerous awards. She has won the coveted Grammy Award three times: for her account of concertos by Proko-fiev and Bartók (1999), for a duo CD with Mikhail Pletnev (2005), and for her Beethoven concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Claudio Abbado (2006). In 2014 she won the Echo Klassik Award for her performance of Mozart concertos, also with Abbado. The documentary Argerich, which her daughter Stéphanie produced in 2013, presents a film portrayal of the pianist. In the fall of 2005 Martha Argerich was honored for her life work with the Praemium Imperiale; since 2014 she has been an Honorary Member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 20 August 1969 playing Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the Swiss Festival Orchestra and Charles Dutoit.

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