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, which combines equal numbers of young musicians from Israel and the Arab countries, as well as some members from Turkey and Iran, was founded in 1999 by Daniel Barenboim and the Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said. The vision of a peace-ful coexistence of cultures in the Middle East served as the guiding principle: not by coincidence did Goethe’s famous poetry collection titled West-Eastern Divan inspire the orchestra’s name. Every summer, the musicians gather for working sessions to prepare and rehearse the programs that they subsequently present on international concert tours. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has performed at such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Musikverein, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, as well as in Rabat, Ramallah, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi. The ensemble regularly performs at the BBC Proms, the Waldbühne in Berlin, and the Salzburg Festival. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra celebrated its 20th birthday in October 2019 with two concerts at the Berlin Philharmonie; in December 2020, it performed the official celebratory concert for Beethoven’s 250th birthday in Bonn. Numerous CDs and DVDs, as well as Paul Smaczny’s film Knowledge Is the Beginning, document the work of the orchestra, which was named a UN Ambassador for Cultural Understanding in 2016. Through the Barenboim-Said Academy, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is associated with a state-recognized university for music and the humanities.

    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, the family moved from Argentina to Israel; Barenboim won a scholarship to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in 1953 through the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Competition. He also took conducting courses with Igor Marke-vitch and in 1954 was introduced to Wilhelm Furtwängler, who pronounced him a “phenomenon.” Barenboim spent the first phase of his career as an internationally successful concert pianist. Since his debut as a Music Director with the Philharmonia Orchestra (1967), he has likewise been in demand in this capacity with the finest orchestras. Barenboim’s first permanent post was as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris, from 1975 to 1989; from 1991 to 2006, he helmed the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which subsequently named him Honorary Conductor. He made his opera debut in 1973 with Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Edinburgh Festival; in 1981, he conducted for the first time in Bayreuth, where he returned every summer until 1999. Since 1992, Barenboim has been General Music Director of the Berlin Staatsoper and in 2000 the Staatskapelle Berlin elected him Chief Conductor for Life. 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 brings together young musicians from Israel, the Arab countries, and Spain. In 2017, he opened the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, where he performs works from the classical period to the present with his newly founded Boulez Ensemble. For his artistic and cultural-political work, Barenboim has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize, the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal, the Siemens Music Prize, the Goethe Medal, and the Japanese Praemium Imperiale, among others. The former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named him UN Messenger of Peace in 2007.

    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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