Symphony Concert 23 – CANCELLED

Vienna Philharmonic | Gustavo Dudamel

Beethoven | Prokofiev

Sun, 06.09. | 18.30 | No. 20350

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08.-13.09. 2020




    Symphony Concert 23 – CANCELLED

    Vienna Philharmonic | Gustavo Dudamel

    Gustavo Dudamel  conductor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
    Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
    Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 100

    With his Fifth Symphony, which he composed during the middle of the Second World War in 1944, with its millions upon millions of dead, Sergei Prokofiev wanted to invoke a song to the free and happy human. To this end, he came up with melodies in the style of the so-called “new simplicity” that were conceived in the spirit of Russian folk song, creating a symphonic panorama of epic breadth and filled with enormous climactic moments. And he crowned the whole work with a theme in the finale that sounds like the epitome of joy as it jauntily rises up against a pulsating accompaniment. It is no coincidence that Gustavo Dudamel and the Vienna Philharmonic have chosen this work to accentuate this year’s Festival theme of “Joy.” Naturally, Ludwig van Beethoven easily matches that spirit with his Second Symphony. On the one hand, the Second evokes the panache of music from the French Revolution and features powerfully syncopated rhythms, while on the other, in the graceful slow movement, it flows with idyllic melody that Hector Berlioz likened to “a delightful depiction of innocent happiness.”

    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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    July 2019

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    Gustavo Dudamel

    Gustavo Dudamel, who was born in 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, received his musical education through the countrywide pedagogical network known as “El Sistema.” In 1999, the 18-year-old conductor was appointed Music Director of the Sinfónica de la Juventud Venezolana – now known as the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra – which he continues to lead. Dudamel came to international attention when he won the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg in 2004. He subsequently went on to make his debut with many acclaimed orchestras, including the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. From 2007 to 2012 Dudamel helmed the Gothenburg Symphony, and since the fall of 2009 he has served as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which in the meantime has extended his contract to 2022. In Los Angeles he has moreover intensively focused on his work with young people through the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), which is based on the El Sistema model and which also represents a kind of orchestral academy. In the 2016-17 season Dudamel will perform a cycle of all of Schubert’s symphonies in Los Angeles, which will be paired with the orchestral lieder of Gustav Mahler. He will also conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in their legendary New Year’s concert. Dudamel has also been successful in the field of opera: in the fall of 2015 he conducted Mozart’s Figaro at the Berlin Staatsoper; in April 2016 came his debut at Vienna Staatsoper with Puccini’s Turandot, and he subsequently led Bernstein’s West Side Story at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. Gustavo Dudamel has received many awards, including the Premio de la Latinidad in 2007, the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize in 2009, and the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 24 March 2007 with the Sinfónica de la Juventud Simón Bolívar, in a program of works by Gustav Mahler.

    August 2016

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    Concert Introduction (in German) | 17.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    with Susanne Stähr

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