Choral Concert 3

Youth Philharmonic of Central Switzerland | Akademiechor Luzern | Howard Arman | Marie-Claude Chappuis

Caplet | Arman

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06.04.-14.04. 2019




    Choral Concert 3

    Youth Philharmonic of Central Switzerland | Akademiechor Luzern | Howard Arman | Marie-Claude Chappuis

    Howard Arman  conductor
    Marie-Claude Chappuis  mezzo-soprano
    André Caplet (1878–1925)
    Le Miroir de Jésus. Mystères du Rosaire for mezzo-soprano, women’s chorus, strings, and harp
    Howard Arman (*1954)
    The Cries of London for soloists, choir, and strings
    Swiss premiere

    Mystical meditation meets the colorful activity of the secular marketplace in this concert. Deeply shaken by the horrors of the First World War, the Frenchman André Caplet turned increasingly to religion and sacred music after 1918. His final years saw the creation of Le Miroir de Jésus, a musical setting of the Rosary that recounts the life of Jesus from Mary’s perspective. Caplet’s mystical, inward-directed musical language combines influences from his friend Debussy and Gregorian chant. Howard Arman will then take us back to his native England: “In old London, it was customary to advertise certain commodities in the markets and on the streets by using music. Someone selling fish would sing melodies different from those of a chimney sweep.” The Cries of London, which he composed in 2015 for the Bavarian Radio Choir, revives this tradition with a sense of humor: “In the middle, the songs of the market criers become jumbled together, while at the same time the two violins in particular play many echoes of folk violin music, in a very sturdy and rhythmic way.”

    Youth Philharmonic of Central Switzerland

    Die Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz wurde 1987 von Thüring Bräm als Orchester des Luzerner Konservatoriums gegründet; heute ist sie das Sinfonieorchester der Hochschule Luzern – Musik. Gemäss seiner pädagogisch-künstlerischen Zielsetzung musiziert das Ensemble in unterschiedlichen Formationen, vom Kammerorchester bis zur grossen sinfonischen Besetzung. Die innerschulische Arbeit wird dabei durch regelmässige Konzerte, Gastverpflichtungen und CD-Aufnahmen ergänzt; dazu gehört die enge Kooperation mit ortsansässigen Institutionen. Auch bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL war die Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz schon mehrmals zu Gast: So stellten die Musikerinnen und Musiker in den vergangenen Jahren Werke von Krzysztof Penderecki und Peter Eötvös unter Leitung der Komponisten vor, erarbeiteten mit Alois Koch A Child of Our Time von Michael Tippett und Willy Burkhards Oratorium Das Jahr und brachten im Sommer 2012 Sofia Gubaidulinas Doppeloratorium Passion und Auferstehung Jesu Christi nach Johannes, das Opus summum der Komponistin, zur Aufführung. Zuletzt interpretierte die Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz hier beim Oster-Festival 2015 unter der Leitung von Howard Arman Carl Heinrich Grauns Passionskantate Der Tod Jesu. Auch mit der Hochschule für Musik in Basel wurden schon mehrere Gemeinschaftsprojekte durchgeführt; in deren Rahmen leitete Heinz Holliger beispielsweise im Oktober 2013 ein Konzert mit Werken von Debussy, Lutoslawski, Ravel und einer eigenen Komposition. Im Herbst 2014 erarbeitete die Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz Werke von Dmitri Schostakowitsch und Antonín Dvorák für zwei Konzertabende in Sarnen und Schenkon.

    August 2015

    Akademiechor Luzern

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    Howard Arman

    Howard Arman, who was born in 1954 in London, studied at the Trinity College of Music in his native city and began his career as a conductor chiefly of choral works in the field of Baroque music. From 1983 to 2000 he led the Salzburg Bach Choir, with whom he performed Handel’s Israel in Egypt at the Salzburg Festival in 1995 and, in 1997, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. From 1998 to 2013 he served as Artistic Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir and was also a regular guest conductor of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra. From 2011 to the summer of 2016 Arman held the position of Music Director at the Luzerner Theater, where he conducted new productions of Bellini’s Norma and Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims in the 2015-16 season; on 3 June he concluded his tenure with a performance of Tippett’s oratorio A Child of Our Time. In September 2016 Arman starts his role as Artistic Director of the Bavarian Radio Choir. Arman enjoys a close association with the Handel Festival in Halle, where he undertook the first production on period instruments of Tolomeo in 1996 and, in 2009, the memorial concert for the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death as part of a Special Day conceived by him. He earned worldwide attention for his performance of the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven at the Vatican to mark the 25th anniversary of the papacy of John Paul II, which was broadcast to many countries. He has also appeared at the Vienna Volksoper, Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, and the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Arman’s recordings of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers and Graun’s Passion cantata Der Tod Jesu bothwonEcho Klassik Awards. He has also garnered the Handel Prize of the City of Halle and the Mozart Prize of the Saxon Mozart Society.

    Howard Arman made his LUCERNE FESTIVAL conducting debut on 19 March 2013 with Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Bizet’s Te Deum.

    August 2016

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    Marie-Claude Chappuis