Symphony Concert 18

Vienna Philharmonic | Andrés Orozco-Estrada | Leonidas Kavakos

Dvořák | Korngold

Thu, 05.09.19.30No. 19341

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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    Symphony Concert 18

    Vienna Philharmonic | Andrés Orozco-Estrada | Leonidas Kavakos

    Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
    The Noonday Witch, Op. 108
    Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897–1957)
    Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
    Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
    Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 From the New World

    This is a work particularly dear to Leonidas Kavakos’s heart: the Violin Concerto by the Austrian Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who was acclaimed early on as a child prodigy and later became a sensational success in Hollywood as a film composer. The latter role saved his life, because when the Nazis invaded his homeland in 1938, he was in California and thus was able to escape the treatment that awaited him as a Jew. In his Violin Concerto, written in 1945, Korngold also draws on tunes from his film scores, embedding them in a sumptuously late-Romantic orchestral setting. “Music remains music,” Kavakos observes. “The fact that Korngold wrote film music does not make him an inferior composer.” In his legendary Symphony from the New World, Antonín Dvořák was inspired by African American spirituals and Native American melodies. The Vienna Philharmonic has invited the 41-year-old Colombian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada to the podium for this concert. He is a charismatic maestro and brilliant communicator who has long set standards as head of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony.

    Vienna Philharmonic

    A concert given on 28 March 1842 by members of the Imperial Court Opera Orchestra and led by Otto Nicolai in Vienna’s Grand Ballroom inaugurated the Vienna Philharmonic. The principles established then have remained in place. One is the stipulation that only musicians of the Vienna Staatsoper (the Court Opera at the time) can become members. Another is that all decisions regarding artistic, organizational, and financial autonomy are made by general assembly. In 1877 the Philharmonic performed for the first time outside Vienna at the Salzburg Music Festival; in 1900 came the first performance abroad, at the Paris World Exposition, with Gustav Mahler conducting. In addition to Mahler, other composers who have appeared on the podium include Wagner, Verdi, Bruckner, Brahms, and, most notably, Richard Strauss. The list of music directors includes such names as Hans Richter, Felix Weingartner, Wilhelm Furtwängler, and Clemens Krauss. Starting in 1933, the model of a permanent chief conductor was replaced by that of a close artistic collaboration with outstanding artistic personalities of the time, with Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan, and Leonard Bernstein in particular making important contributions to the ensemble’s history. Since being founded, the Vienna Philharmonic has given some 9,000 concerts and performed on five continents. It has been a part of the Salzburg Festival since 1922 and of LUCERNE FESTIVAL since 1957 and is currently a regular guest at the Vienna Festwochen and Salzburg Mozartwoche, additionally offering its own concert series in New York, Paris, London, and Japan. Highlights of each season include the New Year’s Concert, which is broadcast to over 90 countries, and the Summer Night Concert at Schönbrunn, attended annually by up to 100,000 people. Rolex is the exclusive partner of the Vienna Philharmonic.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 1 September 1957 in a program of works by Schumann, Barber, and Beethoven, with Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting.

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    Andrés Orozco-Estrada

    Leonidas Kavakos

    Leonidas Kavakos, who was born in 1967 in Athens, began playing violin at the age of five. He completed his studies with Stelios Kafantaris at the conservatory of his native city and with Josef Gingold at the University of Indiana. In 1985 Kavakos triumphed at the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki, and in 1988 he won the Naumburg Violin Competition in New York and the Premio Paganini in Genoa. Since then he has performed as a soloist with many renowned orchestras, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Chicago Symphony, and the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics. Partners on the podium have included such conductors as Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, and Sir Simon Rattle. Kavakos himself has increasingly taken up conducting and has led the London, Boston, and Houston Symphony Orchestras; the Budapest Festival Orchestra; the Rotterdam Philharmonic; the Vienna Symphony; and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. In the 2017-18 season he was as artist-in-residence at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Vienna Musikverein; he will serve in this capacity with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in the 2018-19 season. In the realm of chamber music, Kavakos plays as part of a trio with Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma; other musical partners include Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Hélène Grimaud, and Yuja Wang. His cycle of the complete Beethoven sonatas with Enrico Pace won the Echo Klassik Award in 2013, and in 2014 he received Gramophone’s Artist of the Year Award. His most recent release, in the fall of 2017, is of the complete Brahms piano trios with Ax and Ma. Leonidas Kavakos, who received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2017, plays the “Willemotte” Stradivari from 1734.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 29 August 1999, with Kim Kashkashian and Natalia Gutman, in a concert of works by Beethoven and Schnittke.

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