Choral Concert 2

The English Baroque Soloists | The Monteverdi Choir | Lucerne Boys’ Choir | Sir John Eliot Gardiner | soloists

Bach

Thu, 17.03.19.30No. 16105

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Easter Festival

12.03.-20.03. 2016

 

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    17.

    Mar

    Thursday
    19.30

    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    Choral Concert 2

    The English Baroque Soloists | The Monteverdi Choir | Lucerne Boys’ Choir | Sir John Eliot Gardiner | soloists

    (Eberhard Rex chorus master)
    Mark Padmore  tenor (Evangelist)
    Stefan Loges  bass (Jesus)
    Eleanor Minney  mezzo-soprano
    Reginald Mobley  countertenor
    Ashley Riches  baritone
    Jonathan Sells  baritone
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
    St Matthew Passion BWV 244
    “Gardiner is number one among Bachians,” proclaimed the Süddeutsche Zeitung when the conductor performed the B minor Mass on a European tour in the spring of 2015 – including a moving and acclaimed performance in Lucerne. In fact his Bach performances amaze through their compelling consistency, freshness, and naturalness: nothing seems insincere or mannered, everything is deeply felt and yet never romanticized. Gardiner’s ensembles – the phenomenal Monteverdi Choir, from which the soloists for this concert will also be drawn, and the English Baroque Soloists – offer a level of perfection, virtuosity, and vigor that leaves the audience astounded. “I have never understood myself to be a revolutionary or a musical antiquarian,” explains Gardiner, adding that his wish is “to make us experience early music as something present and contemporary.” He carries on with his mission with Bach’s great St. Matthew Passion – sure to be one of the highlights of the 2016 Easter Festival.

    English Baroque Soloists

    The English Baroque Soloists, a chamber orchestra founded in 1978 by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, ranks among the most renowned ensembles of the historically informed performance practice movement. The musicians have given concerts throughout Europe, America, Asia, and Australia; they have played at La Scala in Milan, the amphitheater in Pompeii, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Châtelet in Paris, New York’s Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. In the 1990s Sir John Eliot Gardiner recorded the seven “great" Mozart operas with the ensemble, as well as the complete piano concertos and the composer’s mature symphonies; these recordings have garnered numerous awards. The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, a project that Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, and the English Baroque Soloists undertook to mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach in 2000, was also received with considerable acclaim. This entailed a pilgrimage with performances of all 198 Bach cantatas in more than 60 European churches. In recent years the music of the Leipzig master has remained at the center of the orchestra’s work. The ensemble has undertaken concert tours of the B minor Mass (2015) and the St. Matthew Passion (2016), which have been released as live CD recordings. For Christmas in 2016 they gave performances of the Magnificat, the Lutheran Mass in F major, and the cantata Süsser Trost in Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Versailles, and London. The English Baroque Soloists are also active as an opera orchestra. In 2015 they performed Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at the Royal Opera House in London, and throughout 2017 they are devoting themselves to the three Monteverdi opera. The English Baroque Soloists are under the patronage of HRH the Prince of Wales.

    Debut bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) am 2. September 1994 mit Mozarts Thamos, König in Ägypten und der c-Moll-Messe.

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    Monteverdi Choir

    The Monteverdi Choir was founded in 1964 by Sir John Eliot Gardiner to perform the Vespers composed by its namesake at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge. Originally the goal of the Choir was to explore the music of the Baroque in all of its facets, but its repertoire has long since spanned across eras, genres, and styles. The Monteverdi Choir has become a byword for passionate and highly cultivated choral singing through its performances all around the world. Its members in addition regularly undertake the solo parts in performances. The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage of 2000 must be regarded as the most spectacular project in the Monteverdi Choir’s history. This project honored the Leipzig cantor on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his death with performances of all his extant cantatas in more than 60 European churches; the live recordings of these concerts, which were released on CD, garnered numerous prizes, including the Gramophone Award. The Monteverdi Choir regularly takes part in opera productions, as, for example, Weber’s Le Freyschütz (in the Berlioz version), Chabrier’s L’Étoile, and Bizet’s Carmen at the Opéra-Comique in Paris and Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at the Royal Opera House in London. In December 2015 the singers performed in Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and in the fall of 2016 they sang in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. The entire year of 2017 is devoted to their next Monteverdi project: to mark the 450th anniversary of the composer’s birth, the Choir is undertaking a seven-month tour performing the three operas L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and L’incoronazione di Poppea, which will also be presented in Venice, Salzburg, Berlin, Paris, Chicago, and New York. The Monteverdi Choir’s patron is the Prince of Wales.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 2 September 1994 in Mozart’s Thamos, König in Ägypten and C minor Mass.

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    Lucerne Boys’ Choir

    Founded in 1992, the Lucerne Kantorei, which today consists of the Lucerne Boys’ Choir and the Lucerne Girls’ Choir, offers children from Central Switzerland the opportunity to train their voices and to sing in a professionally led chorus. The members receive individual training suited to their age, which also includes weekly individual instruction in voice training. This work takes place in elementary and coaching choruses, at times divided according to gender; there is a large concert chorus, a chamber chorus, and a “men’s ensemble” for singers aged 14 to 20 whose voices have broken. The focus of the repertoire that is studied is on sacred music works of all eras, which are performed as part of the liturgies at the Jesuitenkirche and also at choral concerts and on celebratory occasions. The various Lucerne Kantorei groups have performed at  LUCERNE FESTIVAL, the Davos Festival Young Artists in Concert, and the Bregenz Festival; selected boy soloists regularly sing on the opera stages of Switzerland and neighboring countries. Since August 2000 Eberhard Rex has served as Artistic Director of the Lucerne Kantorei. He studied church music at the Music Academy of Trossingen (Baden-Württemberg), focusing on the areas of organ (with Gerd Witte), conducting (with Manfred Schreier), and voice (with Josef Sinz). During his training he began to become intensively involved in pedagogy and children’s vocal training – a focus that he put into practice as choral director of the renowned Aurelius Children’s Choirs in Calw and of the ARTEvocale, the Calw girls’ choir. In addition he has conducted opera and oratorio projects and has made various recordings on CD and radio. 

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 28 March 1999 in works by Mozart and Pärt, conducted by Alois Koch.

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    Sir John Eliot Gardiner

    Sir John Eliot Gardiner was born in 1943 in County Dorset. He initially studied history and Arab studies before completing his musical training at Cambridge University, as well as with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He founded the Monteverdi Choir in 1964 and, in 1968, the Monteverdi Orchestra, from which he later formed the English Baroque Soloists. In 1989 Gardiner launched the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, which similarly performs on original instruments but is predominantly dedicated to music of the 19th century. He has moreover collaborated with many leading orchestras. In the 2016-17 season, for example, he was a guest artist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra; in June 2016, following a ten-year hiatus, he returned to the Berlin Philharmonic. As an opera conductor, Gardiner has led many productions at the Châtelet in Paris and at Covent Garden in London; for the Monteverdi trilogy he is performing in nine countries in 2017, he is also appearing as a director. Since 2014 he has served as Chairman of the Board of the Bach Archive in Leipzig. In the 2014-15 season he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. Sir John Eliot Gardiner has recorded more than 250 CDs, which have received such distinctions as the Gramophone Award, the German Record Critics’ Prize, and the ECHO Klassik. His book Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven (2013) won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014 and was published in German translation in the fall of 2016. In 1998 John Eliot Gardiner was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and in 2005 he received the Bach Medal of the City of Leipzig and the Sonning Music Prize. Gardiner is a Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Chévalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 2 September 1994 with Mozart’s Thamos, König in Ägypten and the Mass in C minor.

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    Mark Padmore

    The British tenor Mark Padmore was born in 1961 in London and grew up in Canterbury. He initially studied clarinet before switching to vocal studies in 1979 as a Choral Scholar at King’s College. In 1991 he began a close collaboration with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants and, in 1992, with Philippe Herreweghe and the Collegium Vocale Gent. Padmore soon gained international renown for his performances as the Evangelist and the tenor soloist in Bach’s choral works. In the 1990s he began appearing as an opera performer more frequently, with credits including Peter Brooks’s staging of Don Giovanni in Aix-en-Provence, Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Handel’s Jephtha at English National Opera, and staged performances of the Bach Passions with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. He has performed Captain Vere in Britten’s Billy Budd at the Glyndebourne Festival and took part in the world premiere of two one-act works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle in Aldeburgh. In the 2016-17 season, Mark Padmore served as artist-in-residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and in the 2017-18 season he will take on the same position with the Berlin Philharmonic. He also enjoys close associations with the  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Britten Sinfonia. Padmore is intensively devoted to lieder singing. His recording of the Schubert song cycles with Paul Lewis won Gramophone’s Vocal Solo Award in 2010; his account of Schumann’s Dichterliebe with Kristian Bezuidenhout received the Edison Award in 2011, and, in 2013, his interpretations of Britten’s Serenade and Nocturne earned the Echo Klassik Award. In 2016 the magazine Musical America named him Vocalist of the Year. Mark Padmore is artistic director of the St. Endellion Summer Music Festival in Cornwall.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 31 August 1989 with the Hilliard Ensemble in works by Pärt, Holliger, Weir, and Bryars.

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    Stefan Loges

    The bass-baritone Stephan Loges, a native of Dresden, had his first musical experiences as a member of the famous Dresden Kreuzchor. He completed his vocal training at the Berlin University of the Arts and, beginning in 1995, with Rudolf Piernay at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Loges won the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in 1999. The concert and lieder repertoire is currently the focus of his artistic work. He has performed the great oratorio parts by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Berlioz, and Britten with such ensembles as the Academy of Ancient Music, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Loges enjoys a close partnership with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, with whom he performs and has recorded Bach cantatas, as well as with Paul McCreesh and Trevor Pinnock. Under the direction of Ivor Bolton he has sung in Schubert’s Alfonso und Estrella at the Konzerthaus in Vienna; he has performed Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ with Robin Ticciati, Haydn’s The Sea-sons with Peter Schreier, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Paul McCreesh. Loges is also active in the field of contemporary music and has performed in Kaija Saariaho’s The Tempest Songbook with the Scharoun Ensemble. On the opera stage he has sung Wolfram in Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Maximilian in Bernstein’s Candide at the Berlin Staatsoper, and Bruno in Macmillan’s Parthenogenesis at the Royal Opera House in London. Among Loges’s recordings are the complete lieder of Mozart, settings by Robert and Clara Schumann, lieder and duets by Mendelssohn, and Hugo Wolf’s Mörike Lieder.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 31 March 2004, singing bass arias from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in a performance with the Gabrieli Consort & Players conducted by Paul McCreesh.

    February 2016

    Hannah Morrison

    The Scottish-Icelandic soprano Hannah Morrison grew up in the Netherlands and studied at the Maastricht Conservatory; she subsequently continued her training with Barbara Schlick in Cologne and Rudolf Piernay at Guildhall School in London. She enjoys a close partnership with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, under whose direction she performed in Handel’s Alexander’s Feast at the Salzburg Festival in 2013 and, in 2014, with the Leip-zig Gewandhaus Orchestra in Schu-mann’s Das Paradies und die Peri and the Brahms Requiem. Among her additional artistic partners are Les Arts Florissants and Paul Agnew, and Jos van Veldhoven and The Netherlands Bach Society. Her schedule for the 2015-16 season includes performances of Bach’s B minor Mass with the Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki and of Telemann’s Pimpinone under Hermann Max, as well as lieder recitals at the Beethoven Haus in Bonn, the Philharmonie in Cologne, and the Oxford Festival.

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    Eleanor Minney

    The British mezzo-soprano Eleanor Minney completed her voice studies at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in London, where she was awarded the Wilfrid Greenhouse Allt College Prize in the cantata and oratorio category in 2010. Since then she has collaborated with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, who engaged her to sing in Johann Sebastian Bach’s B minor Mass and Trauer Ode, as well as with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the ensembles I Fagiolini, The Sixteen, and Tenebrae. As an opera singer she has performed such roles as Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina, Cherubino in Mozart’s Figaro, Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto, and the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. During the 2015-16 season she is a Young Artist and Resident Recitalist at the Handel House Museum in London, where she recently performed works by Rameau, Charpentier, Handel, and Purcell as part of a “Baroque Odyssey” in February.

    February 2016

    Reginald Mobley

    The American countertenor Reginald Mobley was born in Gainesville, Florida, and initially planned a career as a visual artist before he undertook vocal training. He launched his career as a singer in 2005 with the vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire, of which he is still a member. Since then he has performed at the Oregon Bach Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Handel & Haydn Society; he has also collaborated with Les Voix Baroques, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra. Mobley’s repertoire ranges from Bach, Handel, Purcell, and Charpentier through Haydn and Mozart to Orff’s Carmina Burana and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. As an opera performer he has undertaken the title role in John Eccles’ The Judgment of Paris. He is additionally a successful performer in musicals and jazz singer. Mobley has recorded two CDs with the ensemble Agave Baroque.

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    Nicholas Mogg

    The British bass Nicholas Mogg, who began his musical training at Clare College in Cambridge and is currently studying with Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham at the Royal Academy of Music in London, is the recipient of several scholarships and has garnered such distinctions as the Baroness de Turckheim Award, the Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Prize, and the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize. The Monteverdi Choir has accepted him into its young artists program, and Mogg has to date taken part in such performances under Sir John Eliot Gardiner as Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Vespers last November. Credits in the operatic repertoire include such roles as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Figaro, Falke in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, and the Vicar in Britten’s Albert Herring. In the 2015-16 season so far he has appeared in lieder recitals at Wigmore Hall in London and at the Oxford Lieder Festival.

    February 2016

    Ashley Riches

    The British baritone Ashley Riches gained his earliest musical experiences singing in the Choir of King’s College in Cambridge; he later studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and was subsequently accepted into the Young Artists Programme of the Royal Opera House. He has since performed in works by composers from Mozart to Poulenc there, as well as in the world premiere of Søren Nils Eichberg’s Glare. Riches has been engaged as Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutti by Garsington Opera and as Schaunard in Puccini’s La Bohème by English National Opera; he has also performed in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Robin Ticciati. Riches’ concert repertoire encompasses Verdi’s Messada Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem, and Shostakovich’s Orango. In June 2016 he will make his Berlin Philharmonic debut as Creon in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex under Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

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    Jonathan Sells

    The British baritone Jonathan Sells, who was born in 1982 in London and currently resides in Bern, studied with Janice Chapman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He began his career at the opera studio of Zurich Opera, where he performed in such works as Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream andJanáček’s From the House of the Dead and in the world premiere of Anno Schreier’s Die Stadt der Blinden. As a graduate of the Jardin des Voix, he has worked with William Christie, performing in concerts in Madrid, Paris, Brussels, London, and New York. Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Robert Hollingworth also number among his musical partners. Sells has sung in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Teatro Real in Madrid and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen at Aix-en-Provence. He was trained as a lieder singer by Malcolm Martineau and Graham Johnson, and he has given song recitals at Wigmore Hall in London and at various British Festivals.

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