Symphony Concert 19

Vienna Philharmonic | Bernard Haitink | Murray Perahia

Beethoven | Bruckner

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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.

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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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    Murray Perahia

    Murray Perahia, who was born in 1947 in New York into a Sephardic family, began playing the piano when he was four. He was admitted at the age of 17 to Mannes College in New York, where he continued his piano studies while majoring in conducting and composition; he also took lessons from Mieczysław Horszowski. Perahia was significantly influenced by his work at the Marlboro Summer Festival, where he worked with Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals, and members of the Budapest String Quartet. In 1972, after making his debut with the New York Philharmonic, he won the Leeds Piano Competition and launched an international career that led to performances with leading conductors and orchestras around the world. Perahia maintained close artistic ties with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears; from 1981 to 1989, he was co-artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival, which Britten had founded. His friendship with Vladimir Horowitz was also formative. Perahia is additionally active as a conductor and has led the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Camerata Salzburg, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which appointed him Principal Guest Conductor in 2000. His recordings have garnered three Grammy Awards and nine Gramophone Awards; he received the honorary award of the German Record Critics’ Prize panel in 2011 and the Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize in 2013. His most recent recording is of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier and Moonlight Sonatas, which was released in 2018. Murray Perahia, who holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Leeds and Duke University in Durham (North Carolina) and is an honorary member of the Royal College and the Royal Academy of Music, is preparing the new critical edition of the complete Beethoven sonatas. Queen Elizabeth II appointed him an honorary 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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