Symphony Concert 6

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Elsa Dreisig

Coleman | Bruckner

Wed, 22.08. | 19.30 | No. 18311

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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    Symphony Concert 6

    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Elsa Dreisig

    Daniel Barenboim  conductor
    Elsa Dreisig  soprano
    David Robert Coleman (*1969)
    Looking for Palestine  for soprano and orchestra
    Swiss premiere
    Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
    Symphony No. 9 in D minor, WAB 109

    Anton Bruckner dedicated his Seventh Symphony to King Ludwig II of Bavaria and his Eighth to Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. But who might continue this illustrious series with the Ninth and be crowned with its dedication? The only one to come into question was the dear God himself, whom Bruckner in fact did choose as the dedicatee of his symphonic swan song – for it was to him alone, the Almighty, that he ultimately owed his artistic gifts. With its religious allusions, Bruckner’s unfinished Ninth is a deeply heartfelt testimony of faith, a prayer and confession in the face of death. Juxtaposed with this masterwork of late Romanticism, Daniel Barenboim will present a novelty for soprano and orchestra that was composed by the British David Robert Coleman, who was born in 1969. Looking for Palestine is its title, and it sets texts from the memoirs of the same name by the American-Palestinian author and actress Najla Said, the daughter of Edward Said, with whom Barenboim founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in 1999. 

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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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    Elsa Dreisig

    The soprano Elsa Dreisig, who was born in 1991 in Paris, comes from a French-Danish family. She attended the choral school of the Opéra royal de Wallonie and of the Opéra national de Lyon. Later, she studied voice with Valérie Guillorit at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique in Paris and with Regina Werner at the Leipzig Academy of Music. She won the “Des Mots et des Notes” competition in 2012 and the “Ton und Erklärung” competition in 2014. In 2016 she took first prize as best singer at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia. Shortly after, the Victoires de la Musique in Paris named her “Vocal Discovery of the Year,” and the magazine Opernwelt selected her as emerging artist of the season. Dreisig made her stage debut in the 2013-14 season in Lortzing’s Wildschütz at the Leipzig Academy of Music; in the year following came her first performance at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. From 2015 to 2017, she belonged to the Staatsoper Berlin Opera Studio, after which Daniel Barenboim engaged her as a permanent member of the company. Since then she has appeared there as Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Pamina in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Violetta Valéry in Verdi’s La traviata, and Eurydice in Gluck’s Orpheus. In the 2018-19 season, she will take part in a new production of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie led by Sir Simon Rattle, will sing Dircé in Cherubini’s Médée, and will be part of the ensemble for the world premiere of Beat Furrer’s Violetter Schnee. In 2017 Elsa Dreisig made her debut as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen at the Festival d’Aix-en-Pro-vence. She has sung Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème at Zurich Opera and, in May and June 2018, appeared as Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Opéra national de Paris.

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