Symphony Concert 5

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Martha Argerich | Bassam Mussad

Ravel | Shostakovich | Berg

Wed, 17310

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    Symphony Concert 5

    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Martha Argerich | Bassam Mussad

    Daniel Barenboim  conductor
    Bassam Mussad  trumpet
    Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
    Le Tombeau de Couperin
    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)
    Concerto for Piano, Trumpet, and String Orchestra in C minor, Op. 35
    Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
    Ma mère l’oye
    Alban Berg (1885–1935)
    Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6

    Not every composer has been able to act as they really were. Dmitri Shostakovich always felt compelled to make artistic compromises and to put on masks, because the Soviet rulers had become so suspicious of his music that he had to fear for his life. Maurice Ravel preferred to escape from the reality he disdained through the childlike world of fairy-tale or by recreating a transfigured past. And Alban Berg had to suffer the criticism of his revered teacher Arnold Schoenberg, who complained about his careless way of dressing, his illegible handwriting, and his verbose letters. Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will explore the psychological conflicts and escape routes found with these three musicians. Joining them will be the legendary Martha Argerich, who shares more with Barenboim than her place of birth, Buenos Aires. They’ve known each other since childhood, and whoever heard both musicians play a Schubert rondo as an encore at a recent Summer Festival concert in Lucerne will have noticed their touching intimacy.

    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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    Martha Argerich

    Born in 1941 in Buenos Aires, Martha Argerich, who made her concert debut at the age of 8, came to Europe in 1955 to continue her piano studies in Vienna with Friedrich Gulda. In 1957 she won the Busoni Competition in Bolzano, Italy, and the Geneva Piano Competition; she nevertheless carried on with her studies, working with Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Stefan Askenase before she took first prize in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1965 and began her international career. Since then Martha Argerich has ranked among the finest pianists of our era; she has concertized with the leading conductors and orchestras, performing a repertoire ranging from Bach to Bartók. Over the last two decades, chamber music has come to play an especially significant role in her artistic work. Among her preferred musical partners are the violinist Gidon Kremer; the cellist Mischa Maisky; and the pianists Nelson Freire, Alexandre Rabinovitch, and Lilya Zilberstein, with whom she plays in a duo. From 2002 to 2016 she led her own Festival in Lugano, Switzerland, in which she performed together with renowned colleagues and young artists. Her recordings have garnered numerous awards. She has won the coveted Grammy Award three times: for her account of concertos by Proko-fiev and Bartók (1999), for a duo CD with Mikhail Pletnev (2005), and for her Beethoven concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Claudio Abbado (2006). In 2014 she won the Echo Klassik Award for her performance of Mozart concertos, also with Abbado. The documentary Argerich, which her daughter Stéphanie produced in 2013, presents a film portrayal of the pianist. In the fall of 2005 Martha Argerich was honored for her life work with the Praemium Imperiale; since 2014 she has been an Honorary Member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 20 August 1969 playing Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the Swiss Festival Orchestra and Charles Dutoit.

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    Bassam Mussad

    The trumpeter Bassam Mussad was born in 1984 to Egyptian parents in Khartoum, Sudan. In 1993 the family emigrated to the United States, initially moving to California and then to Georgia. It was there that Mussad had his first trumpet lessons at the age of nine. His studies later took him to Fred Mills of the Canadian Brass Ensemble at the University of Georgia and to Vincent Penzarella, a member of the New York Philharmonic, at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2005 Mussad auditioned for Daniel Barenboim in Seville and was immediately accepted into the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. On Barenboim’s recommendation he then moved to Germany, where he could work on a wide repertoire at the Orchestral Academy of the Berlin Staatsoper. Following this practical training phase, he was engaged as principal trumpet with the Mecklenburg State Theater Orchestra in Schwerin, where he was a member for four years. Since 2014 Bassam Mussad has been principal trumpeter of the Düsseldorf Symphony, with which he has performed several times as a soloist in various trumpet concertos, including, in February 2017, Haydn’s Concerto in E-flat major conducted by Adám Fischer. Mussad joined with his orchestra in the fall of 2016 to perform a “Welcome Concert” for refugees, which was hosted in English and Arabic. In addition to this permanent engagement, Bassam Mussad has played with other acclaimed orchestras, such as the Filarmonica della Scala, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Malaysian Philharmonic. He remains closely associated with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as principal trumpet. Following this concert in Lucerne, he will additionally perform Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano and Trumpet at the Salzburg Festival.

    April 2017

    18.30 | Introduction to the Concert with Susanne Stähr | KKL Lucerne, Auditorium

    This concert is under the auspices of the Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL