Symphony Concert 21

Vienna Philharmonic | Franz Welser-Möst | Sol Gabetta

Haydn | Bruckner

Fri, 07.09.19.30No. 18340

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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    Symphony Concert 21

    Vienna Philharmonic | Franz Welser-Möst | Sol Gabetta

    Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
    Concerto for cello and orchestra in C major, Hob. VIIb:1
    Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
    Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, WAB 105

    How it all started: when “artiste étoile” Sol Gabetta performed with an orchestra for the first time, at the tender age of ten, she played Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major. Her musical partner back then was the Symphony Orchestra of Córdoba, but ever since she has performed the work in the widest variety of situations, whether historically informed or with modern instruments, with small ensembles or large orchestras. “The fact that I can now play it in Lucerne with the Vienna Philharmonic is an honor for me,” she remarks. In the second part of the evening, Franz Welser-Möst will conduct Anton Bruckner’s contrapuntal masterpiece, the Fifth Symphony, which he composed in the mid-1870s. At the time, Bruckner had just been appointed a lecturer at the Vienna University, and he wanted to prove that he was worthy of the position with all manner of polyphonic sophistication. Of course, you don’t have to have studied the art of the fugue to be overwhelmed by Bruckner’s sonic universe. The mighty, climactic waves he wrote into this music make it thrilling for just about any listener.

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    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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    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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    Sol Gabetta

    Sol Gabetta is “artiste étoile” of the 2018 Summer Festival, where she is performing in three symphony concerts with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as two chamber concerts. The international career of this cellist, who was born in 1981 in Córdoba, Argentina, to French-Russian parents and who completed her studies with Ivan Monighetti in Basel and David Geringas in Berlin, is closely linked to LUCERNE FESTIVAL. As the winner of the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, she made her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic in 2004. Since then she has worked with such ensembles as the Orchestre national de France and the Orchestre de Paris, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles and London Philharmonics, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Sol Gabetta made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2014 when she appeared under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival. In spring 2018, she concertized with the Saxon Staatskapelle under Christian Thielemann at the Salzburg Easter Festival, where she also received the Karajan Music Prize. Shortly after, she performed the Schumann Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel. Sol Gabetta is a passionate chamber musician and has been producing her own festival, “SOLsberg,” at the abbey church in Olsberg since 2006; in 2018, together with her long-time duo partner Bertrand Chamayou, she performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, and the Philharmonie Luxembourg. She has received the Echo Klassik no fewer than four times for her recordings. Sol Gabetta plays a cello built by Matteo Goffriller in 1730 in Venice, made available by Atelier Cels Paris.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 29 August 2001 in a concert of works by Penderecki, Schubert, Vasks, and Tchaikovsky.

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

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