Lucerne Festival Orchestra 4

Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Riccardo Chailly | Andrè Schuen


Wed, 17.08. | 19.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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08.08.-11.09. 2022




    Lucerne Festival Orchestra 4

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Riccardo Chailly | Andrè Schuen

    Riccardo Chailly  conductor
    Andrè Schuen  baritone
    Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
    Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
    Symphony No. 1 in D major

    The Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (“Songs of a Wayfarer”) comprise Gustav Mahler’s earliest masterpiece. He wrote them in 1884-85 when he was unhappily in love with the soprano Johanna Richter, and this experience, as well as his dream of a “beautiful world,” informs both the verses (which he also wrote) and the music. The cycle will be performed by the young South Tyrolean baritone Andrè Schuen, who has been creating a sensation as both an opera star and an art song performer of the first rank. Mahler quoted from the Songs of a Wayfarer a short time later in his First Symphony, which juxtaposes heterogeneous sound worlds in a collage, providing the model image of a “diverse” work of art. The music should resonate “like a natural sound,” as the instructions for the opening movement put it, where Mahler incorporates alterations of the cuckoo’s call. He later weaves in references to the popular idioms of ländler and waltz. In the third movement, he transforms the familiar tune of Frère Jacques into a gruesome, minor-key funeral march, only to counteract this macabre dirge with the “merriment and banality of a Bohemian band of musicians mingling together.” A sonic experience!

    This concert has no intermission.

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra

    The summer of 2003 saw the birth of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, which was founded by the Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger. They established a link with the legendary “elite orchestra” for which Arturo Toscanini assembled acclaimed virtuosos of his time into a magnificent ensemble in 1938, the year of the Festival’s founding. Abbado served as Music Director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra up until his death in January 2014. He was succeeded in 2016 by Riccardo Chailly, who has since extended his contract until 2026. Guest conductors have included Andris Nelsons, Bernard Haitink, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Herbert Blomstedt, and Jakub Hrůša. The orchestra comprises internationally renowned soloists, chamber musicians, and music professors, as well as members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala. It performs several symphony concerts during the Summer Festival and, starting in 2022, a three-day music festival in the spring. Many of these performances have been broadcast on television and are available on DVD or CD, receiving such prizes as the Diapason d’or, the BBC Music Magazine Award, and the International Classical Music Award. Their most recent release, from the fall of 2021, is a DVD of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, with Martha Argerich as the soloist, and the Second and Third Symphonies, all led by Herbert Blomstedt. Guest appearances have taken the orchestra to numerous European musical capitals, as well as to New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, and Shanghai.

    The Lucerne Festival Orchestra has been performing annually at the Summer Festival since its first appearance in 2003.

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    Riccardo Chailly

    Riccardo Chailly has been Music Director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since 2016. Born in Milan in 1953, he studied at the conservatories of Perugia, Rome, and Milan, as well as at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and began his career as an assistant to Claudio Abbado at La Scala in Milan. In 1980, Chailly was appointed Chief Conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and, in 1988, he took on the same position with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which he led for 16 years. From 2005 to the summer of 2016, Riccardo Chailly served as head of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, and he has held the position of Music Director at La Scala in Milan since January 2015. Chailly regularly conducts such leading European orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris. He has also worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As an opera conductor — in addition to his appearances at La Scala — he has appeared at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera House, Zurich Opera, and the Bavarian and Vienna Staatsoper companies, as well as in Chicago and San Francisco. Chailly has won acclaim for his more than 150 recordings, including the Echo Klassik and Gramophone Award. His most recent releases, which both appeared in 2021, are a 10-CD Stravinsky edition with 30 different works, which includes recordings with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and an album of arias with Anna Netrebko.  In 2015, he published a book of conversations about music titled Das Geheimnis liegt in der Stille. Riccardo Chailly is a Grand’Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana, a Cavaliere di Gran Croce, and a Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion. The Royal Academy of Music in London appointed him an honorary member in 1996, and since 2011 he has been an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 7 September 1988 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in a program of works by Wagner, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky

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