Symphony Concert 2

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim


Sun, 16303

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016



    Daniel Barenboim  conductor
    Daniel Barenboim’s 50th Anniversary in Lucerne
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Symphony in E-flat major, K. 543
    Symphony in G minor, K. 550
    Symphony in C major, K. 551 Jupiter

    Fifty years ago, on 25 August 1966, the English Chamber Orchestra performed at what was then called the Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern, giving a program that featured a certain 23-year-old pianist who also conducted the ensemble for this performance – just as his model Edwin Fischer had previously done. This was Daniel Barenboim’s momentous debut concert, the first of 62 fabulous concerts that the polyglot maestro – who simultaneously holds Argentine, Israeli, Palestinian, and Spanish citizenship – has since given at the Festival. His appearances have ranged from solo piano recitals to concert opera performances, and he has led eight different orchestras from the Lucerne podium. To celebrate his golden jubilee, Barenboim will focus on the very composer who paved the way to his success at that historic Lucerne debut in 1966: Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, whose last three symphonies Barenboim will conduct, leading his inspired West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

    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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    17.30 | Introduction by Susanne Stähr | Auditorium