Afternoon Concert

Festival Strings Lucerne | Daniel Dodds | Johanna Dömötör

Boccherini | Benjamin | Scarlatti | Fauré | Herrmann

Sun, 15.08. | 14.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

Tickets from the Stadthaus Luzern from 2 to 13 August (Hirschengraben 17)

Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021




    Afternoon Concert

    Festival Strings Lucerne | Daniel Dodds | Johanna Dömötör

    Daniel Dodds  violin and musical direction
    Luigi Boccherini (1743–1805)
    Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid, Op. 30 No. 6
    Arthur Benjamin (1893–1960) / Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757)
    Suite for Flute and String Orchestra
    Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924)
    Fantaisie, Op. 79
    arranged for flute and string orchestra by Amir Awad
    Bernard Herrmann (1911–1975)
    Psycho: A Narrative for String Orchestra
    edited by John Mauceri

    The City of Lucerne’s afternoon concert is one of the Festival’s most attractive offerings: at a ticket price of only 10 CHF, Lucerne residents, guests from the region, and visitors from social institutions can all be part of it – making delightful musical experiences accessible regardless of budget. The Festival Strings Lucerne has been a partner of this concert series for many years, and they have as usual come up with a varied program. With Luigi Boccherini, they will escort the audience to the nighttime streets of Madrid, reproducing its soundscape with an almost naturalist flair. Gabriel Fauré’s tender flute fantasy is meanwhile dreamy and tinged with melancholy. And then come two film composers, both of whom collaborated with the great master of the thriller, Alfred Hitchcock. Arthur Benjamin, who wrote the music for The Man Who Knew Too Much, is actually represented here by a suite on motifs by Domenico Scarlatti he arranged. Quite another matter is Bernard Herrmann, who wrote the famous soundtrack to the thriller Psycho – a madly fitting piece in keeping with the theme of “crazy”!

    Festival Strings Lucerne

    The Festival Strings Lucerne, which were founded in 1956 by Rudolf Baumgartner and Wolfgang Schneiderhan, maintain an association with LUCERNE FESTIVAL through annual performances. The regular line-up is led by concertmaster and artistic director Daniel Dodds and consists of seventeen string soloists and a harpsichordist, but this can be expanded to a 60-member orchestra capable of performing the symphonic repertoire as well. The Strings have developed a unique sound culture through their use of master instruments from the legendary Cremonese workshops of Stradivari, Guarneri, and Amati that are owned by the ensemble as well as through their great performance tradition. From the very beginning, the ensemble’s profile has been shaped by its collaborations with prominent soloists. In the past, they were joined by such figures as Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Pablo Casals, Wilhelm Kempff, and Clara Haskil, while today stars like Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mischa Maisky, Hélène Grimaud, Daniil Trifonov, Rudolf Buchbinder, Martin Grubinger, Vilde Frang, and Renaud and Gautier Capuçon rank among their musical partners. In addition to a concert series of their own in Lucerne, the Festival Strings Lucerne also regularly give concerts abroad: in the 2019-20 season, in addition to three tours in Germany, these will include guest appearances in Italy, Slovenia, and England, as well as a trip with the violinist Midori to Hong Kong, Singapore, China, and Korea. The Strings’ repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music. They have premiered more than a hundred works to date, including compositions by Jean Françaix, Frank Martin, Bohuslav Martinů, Iannis Xenakis, and Krzysztof Penderecki. The ensemble regularly releases CDs: most recently, a recording of three Mozart violin concertos with Arabella Steinbacher.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 August 1956 in a program of works by Corelli, Purcell, Bach, and Pergolesi.

    October 2019

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    Daniel Dodds

    The violinist Daniel Dodds, who was born in 1971 to Australian-Chinese parents in Adelaide, left his home in Australia at the age of 17 to continue studying violin with Gunars Larsens at the University of Music in Lucerne. After graduating with distinction, other significant influences included master classes with Rudolf Baumgartner, Franco Gulli, Nathan Milstein, and Thomas Zehetmair. In 2000 Daniel Dodds was engaged as principal concertmaster by the Festival Strings Lucerne, and since 2012 he has served as Artistic Director of the ensemble, with which he performs all around the world. He is additionally active as a freelance soloist and has most recently performed with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana under Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Australian World Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, the Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, and the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008 Claudio Abbado appointed Dodds to the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, where he has remained a member every summer since. In this context he has also appeared as a chamber musician. He collaborates as guest concertmaster with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Among his partners in the field of chamber music are Dimitri and Vovka Ashkenazy, Kolja Blacher, Wolfram Christ, James Galway, Jens Peter Maintz, Herbert Schuch, and Martin Stadtfeld. His repertoire spans from Bach to contemporary composers and includes crossover projects involving jazz, tango, and music of the Far East. In 2012 he released his solo CD Time Transcending, which presents works by composers from Bach to Berio. Dodds, who teaches violin and chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik – Luzern, plays the Stradivari “ex Hämmerle – ex Baumgartner” from 1717.

    Since 2000 Daniel Dodds has been an annual guest at LUCERNE FESTIVAL with the Festival Strings Lucerne.

    November 2017

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    Johanna Dömötör