Symphony Concert 19

Vienna Philharmonic | Bernard Haitink | Emanuel Ax

Beethoven | Bruckner

Fri, 06.09. | 19.30 | No. 19342

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Symphony Concert 19

    Vienna Philharmonic | Bernard Haitink | Emanuel Ax

    Bernard Haitink  conductor
    Emanuel Ax  piano
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
    Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
    Symphony No. 7 in E major, WAB 107

    Anyone who attends this concert will later be privileged to be able to say: “I was there.” Because this event will involve an extraordinary and truly indelible meeting of minds. The 90-year-old Bernard Haitink, who embodies the knowledge and wisdom of the great art of conducting like no one else, will once again do the honors – here, leading the Vienna Philharmonic, an ensemble whose sound has remained unmistakable and unique to this day. Haitink has chosen to focus on Anton Bruckner, a composer who has shaped his life ever since he first heard one of his symphonies at the age of eight: “Bruckner was simply always there,” the Dutch maestro says, discussing the Austrian symphonist’s significance for him. With the Seventh in E major, he will devote his attention to perhaps the most popular and melodically enticing of the Bruckner symphonies. Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, a parable about the power of music, makes for a perfect complement. 

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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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    Bernard Haitink

    Bernard Haitink, who was born in Amsterdam, celebrated his 90th birthday in March. It was 65 years ago, in July 1954, that Haitink, who had been trained as a violinist, appeared on the podium for the first time to conduct the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. He made his debut in 1956 with the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which appointed him Music Director in 1961. For 27 years he had full responsibility there and is currently Honorary Conductor of the orchestra, with which he last appeared in December 2018 in a program of works by Mozart and Bruckner. Haitink has also held leadership positions with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1967–79), the Glyndebourne Festival (1977–88), the Royal Opera House in London (1987–2002), and the Staatskapelle Dresden (2002–04) and has served as Principal Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2006–10). As a guest conductor, Haitink regularly conducts the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. His interpretations of Bruckner and Mahler have become benchmarks, but Haitink is equally acclaimed for his performances of Viennese Classicism. In recent years at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, Haitink has collaborated with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in cycles devoted to Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann. He has also been closely associated with the Festival as an educator and, from 2011 to 2018, led an annual master class in conducting at Easter. Haitink is a Knight of the British Empire, a Companion of Honour, and a member of the Order of the House of Orange-Nassau. In 2017  he was named Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. The Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe have made him an honorary member. Following this summer, Bernard Haitink will end his career: he will give his final concert on 6 September at LUCERNE FESTIVAL.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 17 August 1966 with the Swiss Festival Orchestra in a program of works by Schubert, Martin, and Mahler.

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    Emanuel Ax

    The American pianist Emanuel Ax was born in 1949 to Polish parents in Lviv, Ukraine, where he took his first piano lessons at the age of six from his father. Following a stopover in Warsaw, the family moved to Winnipeg in Canada in 1959 and then to New York City in 1961. It was there that Ax continued his training with Mieczysław Munz at the Juilliard School. He won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in 1973 and the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv a year later; in 1979 he was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. Since then, throughout an international career that has spanned four decades, Ax has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Staatskapelle Dresden. His calendar for the 2019-20 season includes engagements with the New York, Los Angeles, and Rotterdam Philharmonics and the London and San Francisco Symphonies. In addition to his appearances as a soloist, chamber music plays an important role for Ax. He formerly collaborated with Isaac Stern in a duo and nowadays performs with Yo-Yo Ma and Leonidas Kavakos, with whom he most recently released accounts of the Brahms Piano Trios. Emanuel Ax’s repertoire encompasses not only the most significant works of the Classical and Romantic periods but also numerous contemporary compositions written specifically for him, such as HK Gruber’s Piano Concerto, which he premiered with the New York Philharmonic in 2017. Emanuel Ax has received the Grammy Award no fewer than seven times: one each for two installments of his recordings of the Haydn sonatas and five for various chamber music releases with Yo-Yo Ma. Emanuel Ax is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates from both Yale and Columbia Universities.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 7 September 1986 in a chamber music evening with Young Uck Kim and Yo-Yo Ma.

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