Piano Concert

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich | Donald Runnicles | Andreas Haefliger

Strauss | Mozart | Ravel | Elgar

Sat, 24.11. | 18.30 | No. 18515

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Piano Festival

17.11.-27.11. 2018




    Piano Concert

    Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich | Donald Runnicles | Andreas Haefliger

    Donald Runnicles  conductor
    Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
    Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op. 28
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Piano Concerto in C minor, K. 491
    Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
    Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major
    Edward Elgar (1857–1934)
    In the South (Alassio), Op. 50

    “Absolutely simple, nothing but Mozart.” Maurice Ravel once characterized his own music by declaring this astonishing credo. Andreas Haefliger will give us a chance to judge whether he was right when he plays two piano concertos side-by-side, one each by the composers in question. Mozart’s C minor Concerto is one of Haefliger’s favorites: “It wonderfully embodies the spirit of chamber music as it is practiced,” he explains. “The orchestra and the solo instrument are equal partners in dialogue, subtly playing interim commentaries on each other’s statements.” Things get more turbulent in Ravel’s D major Concerto, which offers an animated mix of featherlight dance rhythms, dark Romanticism, and jazz – all the while tricking us into thinking the pianist here is using both hands, not just his left. The Scottish maestro Donald Runnicles and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra will frame the two concertos with a pair of dashing late-Romantic tone poems: the resilient Till Eulenspiegel by Richard Strauss and Edward Elgar’s melody-rich concert overture In the South, an homage to the Italian Riviera.

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    Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

    The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, which was founded in 1868, this year celebrates its 150th anniversary. The first 80 years of its history were shaped by the conductors Friedrich Hegar and Volkmar Andreae, each of whom helmed the orchestra for about four decades. In the recent past, it was above all David Zinman who led the ensemble to world renown as principal conductor (1995–2014). For the 2019-20 season, the Estonian maestro Paavo Järvi will take over as Music Director. The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich currently consists of about 100 musicians and presents approximately 100 concerts featuring 50 different programs each season. These also include numerous guest tours. In the last twenty years alone, the ensemble has performed in 70 cities and 14 countries. Most recently, in October and November 2018, the orchestra toured Asian metropolises, with stops in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, and Seoul. The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich regularly collaborates with such renowned guest conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Bernard Haitink, and Franz Welser-Möst, as well as with specialists in historically informed performance practice such as Ton Koopman, Jan Willem de Vriend, and Giovanni Antonini. Among the prominent soloists with whom the orchestra has performed are the pianists Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder, Nelson Freire, Hélène Grimaud, Maria João Pires, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Yuja Wang; the violinists Lisa Batiashvili, Julia Fischer, Christian Tetzlaff, and Frank Peter Zimmermann; and the cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Its concerts for children and families, workshops, along with the tonhalleLATE series and the community platform TOZzukunft, are aimed at new audiences. The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich has released more than 40 CDs; a box set of recordings featuring all of its music directors and important guest stars from 1942 to 2016 has been produced to mark the anniversary in 2018.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on September 14, 2003; David Zinman conducted works by Luciano Berio, Antonín Dvořák, and Richard Strauss.

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    Donald Runnicles

    The Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles, who was born in 1954, studied in his native Edinburgh as well as in Cambridge and began his career in 1980 as a répétiteur at the Nationaltheater Mannheim. He was soon entrusted with conducting assignments, giving guest performances on various stages and was assuming his first leadership position at the Theater Freiburg in 1989. After conducting Wagner’s Ring cycle at the San Francisco Opera in 1990, he was immediately appointed head of that company, where he served as music director for sixteen years (from 1992 to 2008). In 2009, Runnicles became Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, which he helmed until 2016. At the same time, in 2009, he began his tenure as General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, which he has since extended until 2022. Donald Runnicles is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming. As an opera conductor, he has additionally appeared at the Glyndebourne, Edinburgh, and Salzburg festivals; the Metropolitan Opera in New York; La Scala in Milan; the Opéra national de Paris; and the Vienna and Bavarian Staatsoper companies. On the concert podium, Runnicles, who focuses primarily on the late Romantic repertoire, has collaborated with the Chicago and Boston Symphonies as well as the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras. In Europe, he has given concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Donald Runnicles holds the Order of the British Empire and honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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    Andreas Haefliger

    The Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger, who was born in Berlin in 1962, was accepted as a student by the Juilliard School in New York at the age of 15, where he took Herbert Stessin’s piano class. Awarded several prizes, he began his career in the United States and soon appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies; and the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras. He made his debut at London’s Wigmore Hall in 1993, which led to numerous engagements in Europe, including at the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Festival, and the BBC Proms. Haefliger has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the London Symphony and the Philharmonia Orchestras, the Orchestre de Paris, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. His series “Perspectives,” which combines Ludwig van Beethoven’s oeuvre with works from Mozart to Ligeti, has been widely acclaimed. In addition to presenting the project at London’s Wigmore Hall, he is also documenting it on CD; the most recent episode, “Perspectives 7,” was released in April 2018. In spring 2019, Andreas Haefliger will premiere Dieter Ammann’s new Piano Concerto with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Susanna Mälkki; he will subsequently perform the work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic, among others. Haefliger also appears regularly as a pianist in lieder recitals, most recently with baritone Andrè Schuen; his recording of Schu-bert’s Goethe lieder with Matthias Goerne received the German Record Critics’ Prize. In the 2018-19 season, he has engagements as a chamber musician in Rotterdam, Antwerp, Madrid, Bilbao, and Hong Kong with violinists Cho-Liang Lin and Martin Beaver, violist Lise Berthaud, and cellist Julian Steckel.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 24 August 1985 as part of the “Young Artists” series in a recital with his brother, Michael Haefliger, playing violin sonatas by Ives, Beethoven, and Strauss.

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