Piano Concert

Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra | Donald Runnicles | Andreas Haefliger

Strauss | Mozart | Ravel | Elgar

Sat, 24.11. | 18.30 | No. 18515

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Piano Festival

17.11.-27.11. 2018




    Piano Concert

    Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra | Donald Runnicles | Andreas Haefliger

    Donald Runnicles  conductor
    Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
    Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op. 28
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Piano Concerto in C minor, K. 491
    Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
    Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major
    Edward Elgar (1857–1934)
    In the South (Alassio), Op. 50

    “Absolutely simple, nothing but Mozart.” Maurice Ravel once characterized his own music by declaring this astonishing credo. Andreas Haefliger will give us a chance to judge whether he was right when he plays two piano concertos side-by-side, one each by the composers in question. Mozart’s C minor Concerto is one of Haefliger’s favorites: “It wonderfully embodies the spirit of chamber music as it is practiced,” he explains. “The orchestra and the solo instrument are equal partners in dialogue, subtly playing interim commentaries on each other’s statements.” Things get more turbulent in Ravel’s D major Concerto, which offers an animated mix of featherlight dance rhythms, dark Romanticism, and jazz – all the while tricking us into thinking the pianist here is using both hands, not just his left. The Scottish maestro Donald Runnicles and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra will frame the two concertos with a pair of dashing late-Romantic tone poems: the resilient Till Eulenspiegel by Richard Strauss and Edward Elgar’s melody-rich concert overture In the South, an homage to the Italian Riviera.

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    Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra

    The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich was founded in 1868 with the purpose of enriching Zurich’s musical life with a permanent professional ensemble. Shaping the first 80 years of its
    history were the conductors Friedrich Hegar and Volkmar Andreae, both of whom stood at the helm for about four decades. In more recent years, it was David Zinman who led the orchestra to world renown as principal conductor (1995-2014); he now serves as the ensemble’s honorary conductor. Paavo Järvi has served as music director since the 2019-20 season. The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich currently comprises around 100 musicians from 20 nations who present around 50 different programs in more than 100 concerts each season. This also includes numerous guest tours, which have so far taken the orchestra to 30 different countries. The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich regularly collaborates with renowned conductors and soloists; it has established a Conductor’s Academy to promote the emerging generation on the podium. The annual Creative Chair gives contemporary composers the spotlight on programs: most recently, Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, and Matthias Pintscher. Other program offerings include children’s, family, and school concerts; workshops; and a variety of supporting events to appeal to new audiences. The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich has released more than 40 CDs; the first recording conducted by Paavo Järvi, which is dedicated to works by Messiaen, was awarded the Diapason d’or in 2019.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on September 14, 2003; David Zinman conducted works by Luciano Berio, Antonín Dvořák, and Richard Strauss.

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    Donald Runnicles

    The Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles, who was born in 1954, studied in his native Edinburgh as well as in Cambridge and began his career in 1980 as a répétiteur at the Nationaltheater Mannheim. He was soon entrusted with conducting assignments, giving guest performances on various stages and was assuming his first leadership position at the Theater Freiburg in 1989. After conducting Wagner’s Ring cycle at the San Francisco Opera in 1990, he was immediately appointed head of that company, where he served as music director for sixteen years (from 1992 to 2008). In 2009, Runnicles became Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, which he helmed until 2016. At the same time, in 2009, he began his tenure as General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, which he has since extended until 2022. Donald Runnicles is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming. As an opera conductor, he has additionally appeared at the Glyndebourne, Edinburgh, and Salzburg festivals; the Metropolitan Opera in New York; La Scala in Milan; the Opéra national de Paris; and the Vienna and Bavarian Staatsoper companies. On the concert podium, Runnicles, who focuses primarily on the late Romantic repertoire, has collaborated with the Chicago and Boston Symphonies as well as the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras. In Europe, he has given concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Donald Runnicles holds the Order of the British Empire and honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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    Andreas Haefliger

    The Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger, who was born in Berlin in 1962, was accepted as a student by the Juilliard School in New York at the age of 15, where he took Herbert Stessin’s piano class. Awarded several prizes, he began his career in the United States and soon appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies; and the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras. He made his debut at London’s Wigmore Hall in 1993, which led to numerous engagements in Europe, including at the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Festival, and the BBC Proms. Haefliger has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the London Symphony and the Philharmonia Orchestras, the Orchestre de Paris, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. His series “Perspectives,” which combines Ludwig van Beethoven’s oeuvre with works from Mozart to Ligeti, has been widely acclaimed. In addition to presenting the project at London’s Wigmore Hall, he is also documenting it on CD; the most recent episode, “Perspectives 7,” was released in April 2018. In spring 2019, Andreas Haefliger will premiere Dieter Ammann’s new Piano Concerto with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Susanna Mälkki; he will subsequently perform the work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic, among others. Haefliger also appears regularly as a pianist in lieder recitals, most recently with baritone Andrè Schuen; his recording of Schu-bert’s Goethe lieder with Matthias Goerne received the German Record Critics’ Prize. In the 2018-19 season, he has engagements as a chamber musician in Rotterdam, Antwerp, Madrid, Bilbao, and Hong Kong with violinists Cho-Liang Lin and Martin Beaver, violist Lise Berthaud, and cellist Julian Steckel.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 24 August 1985 as part of the “Young Artists” series in a recital with his brother, Michael Haefliger, playing violin sonatas by Ives, Beethoven, and Strauss.

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