Symphony Concert 3

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Martha Argerich

Widmann | Liszt | Wagner

Mon, 15.08.19.30No. 16302

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016

 

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    Symphony Concert 3

    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Martha Argerich

    Daniel Barenboim  conductor

    Daniel Barenboim’s 50th Anniversary in Lucerne

    Jörg Widmann (*1973)
    Con brio. Concert Overture for Orchestra
    Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
    Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra in E flat major, S. 124
    Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
    Overture to the Romantic Opera Tannhäuser
    Siegfried’s Rhine Journey and Funeral March from Götterdämmerung
    Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

    She is the “grande dame” of the keyboard: ever since Martha Argerich won the International  Chopin Competition in Warsaw 50 years ago, she has been acclaimed as a “goddess” and a “lioness at the piano,” earning admiration around the world for her super-virtuosic and passionate piano playing. In 1969 she made her Festival debut in Lucerne, and since then she has awed audiences playing piano concertos by Prokofiev, Ravel, Schumann, Beethoven, and Mozart. Yet her appearance this summer marks still another premiere: the first time audiences can experience Martha Argerich performing in Lucerne with Daniel Barenboim, whom she knew as a child in Buenos Aires, their native city. Over recent years the two have developed a close partnership, in particular giving concerts with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, of which Argerich was named an honorary member in 2014. For this program the focus will be on works by Franz Liszt and his son-in-law Richard Wagner – a true family affair.

    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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    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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