Budapest Festival Orchestra 1

Budapest Festival Orchestra | Iván Fischer | Yuja Wang


Sat, 11.09. | 19.30 | No. 211337

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021




    Budapest Festival Orchestra 1

    Budapest Festival Orchestra | Iván Fischer | Yuja Wang

    Iván Fischer  conductor
    Yuja Wang  piano
    Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
    Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra in E flat major, S. 124
    A Faust Symphony, S 108

    Super-virtuoso and visionary composer, womanizer and Franciscan, patriot and citizen of the world: Franz Liszt, perhaps the first pop star in the history of classical music, was a study in the most curious contradictions – which is what makes him such a fascinating figure. Our “crazy” summer of 2021 would be remiss not to include this figure, believed by many to be in alliance with higher powers (divine or diabolical). “Artiste étoile” Yuja Wang will perform the notorious First Piano Concerto, which Liszt tailored to his own manual skills, including his breathtaking dexterity. And in doing so, she will show that virtuoso grandstanding is by no means just a male domain. Liszt’s delight in demonic sounds is also obvious in what follows, when Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra perform A Faust Symphony. Its third movement is dedicated to Mephistopheles, the incarnation of the carnal. The work, which will be heard in its original version, is Liszt’s orchestral masterpiece, showing that he was a pioneer in the field of tone poetry. 

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    Budapest Festival Orchestra

    The Budapest Festival Orchestra was founded in 1983 by Iván Fischer and pianist Zoltán Kocsis. Many renowned conductors worked with the orchestra early on, most notably Sir Georg Solti, who served as Principal Guest Conductor until his death in the fall of 1997, as well as such soloists as the violinists Yehudi Menuhin, Pinchas Zukerman, and Gidon Kremer, and the pianists András Schiff, Radu Lupu, and Richard Goode. In Budapest, the musicians give about 40 performances per season in the MüPa Concert Hall and in the Franz Liszt Academy. In addition, they make regular guest appearances at important festivals and in the major music capitals. They have performed at the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the BBC Proms in London, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, and the Prague Spring Festival. Since 2018, the Budapest Festival Orchestra has been the resident orchestra at the Vicenza Opera Festival. It regularly commissions compositions and presents world premieres. With projects such as the “Midnight Music” cycle, it specifically addresses a young audience. Every June, it invites around 500 Hungarian children and young people — Roma and non-Roma — to Heroes’ Square in Budapest, where they can dance to live music. It also organizes the Bridging Europe Festival, which focuses on a different European cultural nation each year. The Budapest Festival Orchestra has been run as an independent foundation since 1992 and is supported by the State of Hungary, the City of Budapest, and national and international circles of friends.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 August 1986 in works by Franz Liszt and Franz Schubert.

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    Iván Fischer

    Born into a family of musicians in Budapest in 1951, Iván Fischer studied piano, violin, cello, and composition in his native city before completing his conducting training with Hans Swarowsky and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He spent the early years of his career in Great Britain and in 1983 founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra, which he led to international fame and over which he still presides as Artistic Director. He has also served as Music Director of the Opéra de Lyon and Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. From 2012 to 2018, he was at the helm of the Berlin Konzerthausorchester, which subsequently named him Honorary Conductor. As a guest conductor, Fischer is primarily associated with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouworkest, as well as with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra. The Vienna Staatsoper, London’s Royal Opera House, the Opéra national de Paris, and numerous other renowned companies have invited him to conduct operas. Fischer is also a stage director and has presented productions of Mozart operas, Verdi’s Falstaff, and staged concerts. In 2018, he established the Vicenza Opera Festival, where he will conduct Monteverdi’s Poppea in the fall of 2021. Fischer has also been extremely creative in developing new concert formats, inventing cocoa concerts for toddlers, midnight concerts for students, surprise concerts without an announced program, and the “Mittendrin” series, in which the audience is seated in the middle of the orchestra. As a composer, he has written chamber music, choral works, the music theater piece The Red Heifer, and the children’s opera The Gruffelo. Fischer received the Kossuth Prize in 2006, Hungary’s most important cultural award, and in 2011, the Royal Philharmonic Society Award. Iván Fischer is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music, and an honorary citizen of Budapest.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 August 1986 with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in works by Liszt as well as Schubert.

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    Yuja Wang

    Yuja Wang is making her mark on the 2021 Summer Festival in Lucerne as “artiste étoile.” Born in Beijing in 1987, the pianist began her training at the age of six. She first studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in her native city and subsequently, at the age of 14, moved to Canada to study at the Mount Royal College in Calgary; a year later, she transferred to Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she received her concert diploma in 2008. Yuja Wang made her debut with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in 2003. This was followed by performances in the USA with the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies; the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In Europe, Yuja Wang has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Royal Concertgebouworkest, Orchestre de Paris, Filarmonica della Scala, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. In the early summer of 2021, she performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas, as well as Richard Strauss’s Burleske with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Andris Nelsons. She played Mozart’s D minor Concerto with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Mariss Jansons Festival Orchestra at the Riga Jurmala Music Festival in July and subsequently on tour with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg under Gustavo Gimeno. Yuja Wang enjoys a long-standing collaboration with violinist Leonidas Kavakos; the pair have recorded the Brahms sonatas on CD. Most recently, in the spring of 2020, she released her account of John Adams’s new piano concerto, Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, which she had premiered a year earlier with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel. Musical America magazine named Yuja Wang its Artist of the Year in 2017.

    Lucerne Festival debut in August 2009 performing Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado.

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    Introduction to the Concert | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    with Susanne Stähr (in German)

    The auditorium opens 30 minutes before the start of the introduction. Due to the current situation as well as the requirements of the Federal Covid regulation, the number of seats is limited.