Symphony Concert 22

Vienna Philharmonic | Franz Welser-Möst | Kian Soltani

Dvořák | Brahms

Sat, 08.09. | 18.30 | No. 18343

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 22

    Vienna Philharmonic | Franz Welser-Möst | Kian Soltani

    Kian Soltani  cello (winner of the 2018 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award)
    Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 104
    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

    When Antonín Dvořák was working on his Cello Concerto, he learned that his sister-in-law Josefina had a fatal illness. She had been his dearest love when he was young, yet she had rejected the destitute composer back then and chose a well-off count instead. Dvořák then married her younger sister, Anna; but now, knowing that Josefina was about to die, he incorporated her favorite song into the Concerto’s Adagio as a final tribute. And after her death, he extended the work with a melancholy coda. Born in 1992 to a Persian musical family in Bregenz, Kian Soltani, winner of this year’s Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, is an ideal interpreter of this late-period Dvořák score thanks to his rich sound and deeply musical temperament. Meanwhile, Brahms’s contemporaries thought they heard blue skies and sunshine in his Second Symphony, which was composed in the summer of 1877 amid the idyllic setting of the Wörthersee. But Brahms himself insisted that he was “a severely melancholy person” and suggested publishing the score with a precautionary “black border” for mourning.

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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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    Franz Welser-Möst

    The Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Möst, who was born in 1960 in Linz, has been Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra since 2002. In addition to their concert series in Severance Hall and at the Blossom Music Center, he also regularly performs with them in New York, Miami, and the cultural centers of Europe. Welser-Möst had previously served as Music Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1990 to 1996) and of the Zurich Opera, with which he was associated for 13 years, from 1995 to 2008; from 2010 to 2014 he was General Music Director of the Vienna Staatsoper. Welser-Möst enjoys a close collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic: twice, in 2011 and 2013, he has conducted their famous New Year’s Concert, and he has also led the Philharmonic on tours to the United States, Japan, and Scandinavia. Welser-Möst is additionally a sought-after guest artist at the Salzburg Festival. In recent years, he has led new productions there of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Die Liebe der Danae, Beethoven’s Fidelio, and Reimann’s Lear; 2018 he conducted Strauss’s Salome and a program with the Vienna Philharmonic in Salzburg. Over the past season, Welser-Möst has additionally performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris. His discography has won numerous awards, including the Gramophone Award, the Diapason d’or, the Japanese Record Academy Award, and, in the fall of 2015, the Echo Klassik Award for his live DVD recording of Der Rosenkavalier at Salzburg. Franz Welser-Möst is an Honorary Member of the Vienna Singverein and holds the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art; in 2017 he received the Pro Arte Europapreis.

     LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 March 1999 leading the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Mahler’s Sixth Symphony.

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    Kian Soltani

    The cellist Kian Soltani is the winner of the 2018 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, which includes not only a cash prize in the amount of 75,000 CHF but also the opportunity to debut in this evening’s concert with the Vienna Philharmonic. Born in 1992 in Bregenz, Austria, into a Persian musical family, Soltani began studying cello with Ivan Monighetti at the Basel Academy of Music at the age of 12. He completed his training with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy; other important influences come from his scholarship studies supported by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. Following his initial successes at the Karl Davidoff and Antonio Janigro Competitions in Latvia and Croatia, respectively, Soltani won first prize at the International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki in 2013, the Luitpold Prize at the Kissinger Sommer in 2014, and the Leonard Bernstein Award in 2017. Soltani made his debuts at the Vienna Musikverein and at the Schubertiade in Hohenems at the age of 19. Since then he has performed with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. In the 2017-18 season, he also appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, and the SWR Symphony Orchestra. Soltani regularly partners with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim, with whom he has been a guest artist at the Salzburg Festival, the BBC Proms in London, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. He will play in the major European concert halls as a “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organisation during the 2018-19 season. In January 2018, he released his first solo CD, titled Home, which includes works by Schubert and Schumann as well as Persian folk music. Kian Soltani plays a Stradivari built in 1694.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 17 August 2015 performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Guy Braunstein, Daniel Barenboim, and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

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    17.30 | Introduction to the Concert (in German) with Susanne Stähr | KKL Lucerne, Auditorium

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