Symphony Concert 18

Vienna Philharmonic | Andrés Orozco-Estrada | Leonidas Kavakos

Dvořák | Korngold

Thu, 05.09. | 19.30 | No. 19341

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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16.08.-15.09. 2019




    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.

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    Vienna Philharmonic

    On 28 March 1842, members of the Imperial Court Opera Orchestra led by Otto Nicolai gave a concert in Vienna’s Grand Ballroom, thus inaugurating 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 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 era, with Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan, and Leonard Bernstein in particular making important contributions to the ensemble’s history. Over the course of its 177-year existence, the Vienna Philharmonic has given more than 9,000 concerts and performed on five continents. It has participated in the Salzburg Festival since 1922 and, since 1957, at LUCERNE FESTIVAL and is also 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

    Andrés Orozco-Estrada, who was born in 1977 in Medellín, Colombia, initially learned to play the violin before taking his first lessons in conducting at the age of 15. In 1997 he moved to Vienna to continue his studies, where he completed Uroš Lajovic’s conducting class at the Uni-versity of Music and Performing Arts. His first leadership positions were as Music Director of Oper Kloster-neuburg and Chief Conductor of the “recreation” – Grosses Orchester Graz,
    as well as with the Tonkünstler-Or-chester in Lower Austria, which he helmed from 2009 to 2015. Since 2014, Orozco-Estrada has led the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and served as Music Director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He is also a Principal Guest Conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Starting in the 2021-22 season, he will succeed Philippe Jordan as Principal Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Orozco-Estrada has conducted many internationally renowned orchestras, including the Berlin Phil-harmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the Cleveland Orchestra. In the 2018-19 season, he appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg, led the Chicago Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra, gave concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and conducted the new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Berlin Staatsoper. In the autumn of 2019, he will undertake a tour of Asia with the Vienna Philharmonic, performing in China, Macau, and Japan. Orozco-Estrada has recorded symphonies by Brahms, Dvořák, and Mendelssohn, as well as works by Stravinsky. His most recent releases include accounts of Haydn’s The Creation and Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony.

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    Leonidas Kavakos

    The Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos is “artiste étoile” at the 2019 Summer Festival in Lucerne. Born in 1967 in Athens, he 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. Kavakos triumphed at the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki in 1985, and in 1988 he won the Naumburg Violin Competition in New York and the Premio Paganini in Genoa. He made the first-ever recording of the Sibelius Concerto in the original version (long considered “unplayable”), which became a sensation and received Gramophone’s Concerto of the Year Award in 1991. Since then Kavakos has been appearing 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, Israel, and New York Philharmonics. Kavakos himself has increasingly taken up conducting and has led the London, Boston, and Houston Symphony Orchestras; the Budapest Festival Orchestra; the New York and Rotterdam Philharmonics; the Vienna Symphony; the Chamber Orchestra of Europe; and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. In the 2018-19 season, Kavakos was artist-in-residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and made a recording with that ensemble of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, playing the double roles of soloist and conductor. 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 is of the Brahms piano trios with Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo 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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