Symphony Concert 19

Vienna Philharmonic | Bernard Haitink | Murray Perahia

Beethoven | Bruckner

Fri, 19342

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Symphony Concert 19

    Vienna Philharmonic | Bernard Haitink | Murray Perahia

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

    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 was born in 1929 in Amsterdam. Trained as a violinist, he appeared on the podium for the first time in 1954 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 he is currently Honorary Conductor of the orchestra, with which he most recently (in June 2018) performed Mahler’s Ninth Symphony. 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. In the 2017-18 season, he additionally worked with the London Symphony, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and the Orchestra Mozart. Music of the 19th and early 20th centuries is the focus of his repertory. His interpretations of Bruckner, Mahler, and Shostakovich in particular have become benchmarks, but Haitink is equally well known for his performances of Viennese Classicism. In recent years at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, Haitink has devoted himself to cycles of the complete symphonies and concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann. He is also associated with the Festival as an educator and since 2011 had led a master class in conducting each year 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 distinction of his homeland when he was promoted to Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion.

    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 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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