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)
    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.”

    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

    The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which brings together young musicians from Israel, Arab countries, and Spain, 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. After initially operating in Weimar and Chicago, WEDO found a permanent home in 2002 in Seville in southern Spain: in a region, that is, in which Jews, Muslims, and Christians were able to coexist with freedom of religion until the Reconquista of 1492; there, through rehearsals, presentations, and discussions, the musicians prepare the various programs which they then perform on their international concert tours. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has toured to venues including the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Musikverein in Vienna, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, as well as in Rabat, Ramallah, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi. The WEDO regularly performs at the BBC Proms and the Salzburg Festival. The ensemble recently gave a series of eight concerts in the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires at the end of July/early August. Numerous CDs and DVDs, such as Paul Smaczny’s film Knowledge Is the Beginning, document the work of WEDO, which in February 2016 was named UN Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In the fall of 2016, the Barenboim-Said Akademie Berlin is set to open as a state-
    recognized university for music and the humanities with a concert hall by Frank Gehry.   

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

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    August 2016

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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 the family moved to Israel, where Barenboim won the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Competition in 1953 and was given 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 the leading orchestras. Barenboim took up his first permanent position leading the Orchestre de Paris (1975–1989), 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. From 2007 to 2014 he enjoyed a close partnership with La Scala in Milan, most recently as Music Director. In 1999 Barenboim founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which unites young musicians from Israel, 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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    April 2017

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    Lisa Batiashvili

    1995 gewann die damals 16-jährige Lisa Batiashvili den Zweiten Preis beim Sibelius-Wettbewerb in Helsinki – als jüngste aller Teilnehmer und Teilnehmerinnen. Ihre Ausbildung setzte die in Georgien geborene Geigerin danach bei Ana Chumachenko in München und bei Mark Lubotski an der Hamburger Musikhochschule fort. Das Jahr 2001 bedeutete einen weiteren Meilenstein in ihrer Karriere: Sie wurde in das «New Generation Artists»-Programm der BBC aufgenommen, debutierte bei den BBC Proms in London und veröffentlichte ihre erste CD. Zwei Jahre später wurde ihr beim Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival der «Bernstein Award» verliehen. Seither ist Lisa Batiashvili regelmässig bei den besten Orchestern der Welt zu Gast: bei den Berliner und den New Yorker Philharmonikern, dem Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, dem London und dem Boston Symphony, dem Los Angeles Philharmonic, dem Philadelphia Orchestra, der Dresdner Staatskapelle und vielen mehr. Dirigenten wie Vladimir Ashkenazy, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Mikko Franck, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Zubin Mehta, Sakari Oramo und Yuri Temirkanov haben die Zusammenarbeit mit ihr gesucht. Intensiv engagiert sich Lisa Batiashvili im Bereich der Moderne und brachte u. a. Magnus Lindbergs Violinkonzert beim Mostly Mozart Festival in New York zur Uraufführung. Giya Kancheli hat für sie und ihren Ehemann, den Oboisten François Leleux, ein Doppelkonzert komponiert, das im Februar 2008 in London herauskam. Auch als Kammermusikerin ist Lisa Batiashvili aktiv und konzertierte bei den Festivals von Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Marlboro, Tanglewood, Saratoga und Kuhmo. Sie musiziert auf der »Engleman« Stradivari aus dem Jahr 1709.

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