Symphony Concert 3

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Martha Argerich

Widmann | Liszt | Wagner

Mon, 15.08.19.30Nr. 16302

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016

 

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    15.

    Aug

    Monday
    19.30

    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    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 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.

    Further Information: www.west-eastern-divan.org

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    Daniel Barenboim

    In the summer of 2016, the conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim celebrates his 50th anniversary at Lucerne. The son of parents who were piano teachers, he was born in Buenos Aires in 1942 and gave his first public performance at the age of seven. In 1952 the family moved to Israel, where Barenboim won the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Competition in 1953, resulting in a scholarship to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He attended 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 from 1975 to 1989, and between 1991 and 2006 he was Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which subsequently 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. In 2007 he began a close partnership with La Scala in Milan, which he led as Music Director until the end of 2014. In 1999 he also founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which brings together young musicians from Israel, Arabic countries, and Spain. Among the honors Barenboim has received for his artistic and cultural-political work are the Prince of Asturias Concord Prize, the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal, the Siemens Music Prize, the Goethe Medal, Japan’s Praemium Imperiale Award, and the Westphalian Peace Prize.

    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 continued 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. Ever 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. She leads her own festivals in Beppu, Japan, and in Lugano, Switzerland, in which she performs together with renowned colleagues as well as young artists. Her recordings have garnered numerous awards. Argerich 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. The documentary Argerich, which her daughter Stephanie released in 2013, presents a film portrayal of the pianist. In the fall of 2005 Martha Arge-rich 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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