21.08.2018 West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Lisa Batiashvili - Tchaikovsky | Debussy | Scriabin - Summer Festival - Lucerne Festival

Symphony Concert 5

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Lisa Batiashvili

Tchaikovsky | Debussy | Scriabin

Tue, 18310

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 5

    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Lisa Batiashvili

    Daniel Barenboim  conductor
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Polonaise from Eugen Onegin
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 35
    Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    La Mer
    Alexander Scriabin (1872–1915)
    Le Poème de l'extase, Op. 54

    Special experiences await you at this concert: “It was like a bath of ice, cocaine, and rainbows,” remarked the American writer Henry Miller of the effect made on him by Alexander Scriabin’s orgiastic orchestral fantasy Le Poème de l’extase. No wonder, when it comes to a composer regarded as a visionary who touched on the very limits of madness. Scriabin even saw himself as a kind of Prometheus and declared: “The world lives in my consciousness, as my act of creation.” Claude Debussy also experienced a mystical moment when he conceived his impressionist tone poem La Mer. With this music, he wished not to create a musical depiction of the roaring waves and sparkling water but rather to reflect the impression that the play of the waves awakened within him. Impressive in any case is how Lisa Batiashvili performs the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. According to the Guardian, she is a gifted storyteller, while the Wiener Standard praised her bright violin sound, comparing it to “a ray of light.”

    You can purchase the digital concert program here.

    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.

    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 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.

    Further Information: www.danielbarenboim.com

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    Lisa Batiashvili

    Lisa Batiashvili, who was born in 1979 to musician parents in Tbilisi, moved with her family to Germany in 1991, where she continued her violin studies with Mark Lubotski in Hamburg and with Ana Chumachenco in Munich. In 1995 she won second prize in the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki, where she was the youngest participant. In 2003 followed the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and in 2006 she won the Beethoven Ring in Bonn. Today Batiashvili concertizes regularly with the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. In the 2017-18 season, she was artist-in-residence with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and performed with the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Munich Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Paavo Järvi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Christian Thielemann have sought to collaborate with her. Batiashvili is not only dedicated to the repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the 20th century but is also committed to contemporary music. She has given the world premieres of violin concertos by Magnus Lindberg and Anders Hillborg; Giya Kancheli and Thierry Escaich have also written double concertos for her and her husband, the oboist François Leleux. Starting in 2019, she will take on artistic leadership of the summer concerts in Ingolstadt. Lisa Batiashvili has won two Echo Klassik Awards, and she has additionally garnered the Midem Classical Award and the Choc de l’année. She performs on a Guarneri del Gesù built in 1739.

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