Symphony Concert 19

Vienna Philharmonic | Bernard Haitink | Murray Perahia

Beethoven | Bruckner

Fri, 19342

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Symphony Concert 19

    Vienna Philharmonic | Bernard Haitink | Murray Perahia

    Bernard Haitink  conductor
    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. Especially since Murray Perahia, a musical poet and philosopher, will play the solo part.

    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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    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. In 1956 he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which in 1961 appointed him Music Director. 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 is also 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 received the highest civil honor of his homeland when he was named Commander of the Order of Lion of the Netherlands. The Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe have made him an honorary member. After the 2018-19 season, Bernard Haitink will take a sabbatical.

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

    February 2019

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    Murray Perahia

    Murray Perahia, who was born in 1947 in New York to a family of Se-phardi origin, began learning to play the piano at the age of four. He was accepted to the Mannes College in New York when he was 17, where he also studied conducting and composition and also took lessons from Mieczysław Horszowski. Perahia gained formative inspiration from the Marlboro Summer Festival, where he worked with Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals, and members of the Budapest String Quartet. In 1972 he won the Leeds Piano Competition, made his New York Philharmonic debut, and began his international career, which has brought him together with the leading conductors and orchestras around the world. Perahia has maintained a close artistic connection to Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears; from 1981 to 1989 he was co-director of the Aldeburgh Festival, which Britten founded. He also enjoyed an influential friendship with Vladimir Horowitz. Murray Perahia is additionally active as a conductor and has led such ensembles as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Camerata Salzburg, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which appointed him its Principal Guest Conductor in 2000. His recordings have garnered no fewer than three Grammy Awards in the United States and eight of Britain’s Gramophone Awards; in 2011 he was awarded the German Record Critics’ Honorary Prize and, in 2013, the Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize. His most recent release, in October 2016, is a new recording of Bach’s French Suites. Murray Perahia, who holds honorary doctorates from the University of Leeds and of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and who is an honorary member of the Royal College and the Royal Academy of Music, is editing the new critical edition of all the Beethoven sonatas. Queen Elizabeth II named him a Knight Commander of the British Empire in 2004.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 10 September 1983 playing Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Bernard Haitink.

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