Symphony Concert 2

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Anne-Sophie Mutter

Previn | Sibelius | Beethoven

Sun, 18.08. | 19.30 | No. 19309

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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    Symphony Concert 2

    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Anne-Sophie Mutter

    Daniel Barenboim  conductor
    André Previn (1930–2019)
    Violin Concerto (“Anne-Sophie”), 3rd movement
    Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra in D minor, Op. 47
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

    The French Revolution resounds in Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. This score’s stirring rhythms and fanfares, along with the rousing musical euphoria that ultimately seems to intensify into a rage: all of this seems to reflect the image of the unleashed masses of people who rebelled against the power of the nobility. No wonder that for the writer Bettina von Arnim, this Symphony’s sound world even gave her the impression that she should be waving banners to lead a multitude assembled in protest. But for Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Beethoven’s Seventh has another meaning. This was the first work that they rehearsed in 1999, immediately after this utopian orchestral project that unites religions, cultures, and nations was founded. To mark its 20th anniversary in the summer of 2019, the Seventh will therefore be back on the program. And with the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, an eminent well-wisher will also join in. She will play the ravishing Violin Concerto by the Finn Jean Sibelius, a work that seems to conjure up ancient rituals with its spellbinding, crystalline sounds and its pounding rhythms. And she will commemorate the composer, conductor, and pianist André Previn, who died in February, with the finale from the Violin Concerto Previn composed for her.

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    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

    The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (The Divan), which equally comprises young musicians from Israel and the Arab countries, along with some members from Spain, Turkey, and Iran, was founded in 1999 by Daniel Barenboim and the Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said. The principle that inspired them was the vision of a peaceful coexistence of cultures in the Middle East. Not by chance was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous poetry collection West-östlicher Divan chosen as the ensemble’s namesake. Every summer the orchestra convenes for a period of working together, preparing that year’s programs through rehearsals, presentations, and discussions, which the musicians then present on international concert tours. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has performed in such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, and the Teatro Co-lón in Buenos Aires, as well as in Rabat, Ramallah, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi. The ensemble also regularly appears at the BBC Proms, the Waldbühne in Berlin, and the Salzburg Festival and toured to the United States in November 2018, with stops in Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, Berkeley, and Los Angeles. At the beginning of August 2019, it gave six performances at the Festival Barenboim in Buenos Aires. Numerous CDs and DVDs, as well as Paul Smaczny’s film Knowledge Is the Beginning, document the work of this orchestra, which in February 2016 was named a United Nations Ambassador for Cultural Understanding. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is associated with the Barenboim-Said Academy, a state-accredited conservatory for music and the humanities where up to 90 talented musicians from the Middle East can obtain a four-year-long bachelor’s degree.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 21 August 2007, when Daniel Barenboim conducted works by Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Tchaikovsky.

    Further Information: www.west-eastern-divan.org

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    Daniel Barenboim

    The conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, both of whose parents were piano teachers, was born in Buenos Aires in 1942 and began performing in public at the age of seven. In 1952 his family moved to Israel, where the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Competition awarded him a scholarship to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in 1953. He also took courses in conducting with Igor Markevitch and, in 1954, was introduced to Wilhelm Furtwängler, who described him as a “phenomenon.” During the first phase of his career, Barenboim toured as an internationally successful concert pianist. Since making his conducting debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1967, he has been in demand by all of the leading orchestras. Barenboim’s first permanent position was helming the Orchestre de Paris (1975 to 1989); from 1991 to 2006 he was Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which then named him Honorary Conductor. He made his operatic debut in 1973 with Mo­zart’s Don Giovanni at the Edinburgh Festival; in 1981 he debuted at Bayreuth, returning there every summer until 1999. Since 1992 Barenboim has been General Music Director of the Berlin Staatsoper; the Staatskapelle Berlin appointed him Chief Conductor for Life in 2000. He was closely associated with La Scala in Milan from 2007 to 2014, most recently as Music Director. In 1999 Barenboim founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which unites young musicians from Israel, the Arab countries, and Spain. In March 2017 he opened the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, where he performs works ranging from the Classical era to the present with his newly founded Boulez Ensemble. For his artistic and cultural-political work, Barenboim has received such distinctions as the Prince of Asturias Concord Prize, the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal, the Siemens Music Prize, the Goethe Medal, and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale Award.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 25 August 1966, performing piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven with the English Chamber Orchestra.

    Further Information: www.danielbarenboim.com

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    Anne-Sophie Mutter

    Anne-Sophie Mutter, who was born in Rheinfelden in Baden, Germany, began her career in 1976 at the age of thirteen, when she appeared at the Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern, the forerunner of today’s LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Just one year later, she performed in Salzburg with the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Herbert von Karajan. She has given concerts in all of the major music centers around the world ever since, playing not only the classical repertoire but also new works. Mutter has premiered 28 compositions, including scores by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, and John Williams. She uses her celebrity specifically to promote the finest young musicians. For this purpose, she founded the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation in 2008 and continues to appear with her ensemble of scholarship holders (“Mutter’s Virtuosi”) all over the world, as for example in the fall of 2019 on a tour to South America. Highlights of recent months have included a North American tour with her long-standing duo partner Lambert Orkis and appearances playing Mozart concertos with the Vienna-Berlin Chamber Orchestra in Europe and the United States, as well as concerts at the Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops Orchestras.  In September she will give her first open-air concert at the Odeonsplatz in Munich, playing film music by John Williams. Among her many distinctions, Mutter has received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, the Leipzig Mendelssohn Prize, and the Polar Music Prize. She has garnered the coveted Grammy Award four times. Mutter has been awarded the Grand Federal Cross of Merit, the French Order of the Legion of Honor, the Bavarian Order of Merit, and the Grand Austrian Decoration. She was appointed an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1976 as part of the “Young Artists” series in a program of works by de Falla, Paganini, and Sarasate, with Christoph Mutter at the piano.

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    Concert Introduction with Susanne Stähr (in German)

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