Symphony Concert 2

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

Previn | Sibelius | Beethoven

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16.08.-15.09. 2019




    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.

    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

    The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, 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 at 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 Colón in Buenos Aires, as well as in Rabat, Ramallah, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi. The Divan also regularly appears at the BBC Proms, the Waldbühne in Berlin, and the Salzburg Festival. A tour to the United States has been planned for November 2018, with performances in Chicago, Washington, New York, Berkeley, and Los Angeles. Numerous CDs and DVDs, as well as Paul Smaczny’s film Knowledge Is the Beginning, document the work of the Divan, which in February 2016 was named a United Nations Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Baren-
    boim-Said Academy, a university for music and the humanities that is officially accredited by the state, opened in the fall of 2016, 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.

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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 giving public performances at the age of seven. In 1952 his family moved to Israel, where he won the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Competition in 1953 for a scholarship to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. 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 at the head of the Orchestre de Paris from 1975 to 1989, and between 1991 and 2006 he was Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which later named him Honorary Conductor. He made his operatic debut in 1973 with Mo­zart’s Don Giovanni at the Edinburgh Festival; in 1981 he conducted at Bayreuth for the first time, returning there every summer until 1999. Since 1992 Barenboim has been General Music Director of the Berlin Staatsoper, and in 2000 the Staatskapelle Berlin appointed him Chief Conductor for Life. He had a close partnership 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. Barenboim has received many honors for his artistic and cultural-political work, such 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.

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    Anne-Sophie Mutter

    Anne-Sophie Mutter, who was born in Rheinfelden, Germany, began her career at the Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern, the forerunner of today’s LUCERNE FESTIVAL. She made her debut in 1976, at the age of 13, as part of the “Young Artists" series. One year later she performed with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg. Ever since then she has concertized around the world in all the leading music centers, continually introducing new works alongside the classical canon. She has given the world premieres of a total of 25 scores, including compositions by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, and, most recently, at the 2017 Tanglewood Festival, by John Williams. She has channeled her popularity into charity projects and support for the new generation of highly talented musicians. For this purpose she established the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation in 2008, and she appears with “Mutter’s Virtuosi,” an ensemble of her scholarship students, all over the world: highlights in past months have been a European tour with the Philharmonia Zürich, on which she played Bruch’s First Violin Concerto and Takemitsu’s Nostalghia, the Brahms Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic under Riccardo Muti and with the Filarmonica della Scala under Riccardo Chailly, and an anniversary concert at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. Among Anne-Sophie Mutter’s numerous distinctions are the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize and the Leipzig Mendelssohn Prize. She has won four Grammy Awards. Mutter holds the Grand Order of Merit of the German Federal Republic, the French Order of the Legion of Honor, the Bavarian Order of Merit, and the Great Austrian Order of Merit. She was named 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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    18.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    Concert Introduction with Susanne Stähr (in German)

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