Mariinsky Orchestra 2

Mariinsky Orchestra | Valery Gergiev

Borodin | Rimsky-Korsakov | Tchaikovsky

Sun, 29.08. | 18.30 | No. 211321

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

Prices (CHF)

CHF 290 190 130 40

Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021



    Valery Gergiev  conductor
    Alexander Borodin (1833–1887)
    Symphony No. 2 in B minor
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908)
    Suite from the opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 Little Russian

    The first, Alexander Borodin, taught as a professor of organic chemistry at the Medical-Surgical Academy in St. Petersburg. The second, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, cruised the oceans as a naval officer on a warship. And the third, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, worked as a lawyer in the Russian Ministry of Justice. However, all three achieved everlasting fame in a different profession through their compositions: musical careers can be pretty crazy! In their second appearance in Lucerne, Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Orchestra lead us on a foray through the founding years of Russian symphonic music, presenting works that are not programmed everyday. Like Borodin’s Second Symphony, whose irresistible mixture of yearning melody, touching melancholy, and dancing verve makes for a truly pleasurable work. With its numerous quotes from folk song, Tchaikovsky’s Little Russian also has its earworms. In fact, it sounds so familiar from the first encounter that you feel as if you’ve known it forever.

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    Mariinsky Orchestra

    The Mariinsky Orchestra was founded in 1783 in St. Petersburg as a court orchestra during the reign of Catherine the Great. In the second half of the 19th century, the orchestra experienced a great boom under the direction of Eduard Nápravník. Its exceptional quality attracted musicians from all over the world, including such composers as Berlioz, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and Rachmaninoff and star conductors like Hans von Bülow and Arthur Nikisch. Many milestones of the repertoire were premiered by the Mariinsky Orchestra, such as operas and ballets by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich, and Khachaturian. In 1935, during Soviet times, the orchestra (along with its home, the Mariinsky Theater) was renamed the Kirov Orchestra (and the Kirov Theater) after a murdered Leningrad secretary of the Communist Party. Only after the collapse of the Soviet Union were the original names restored. Vladimir Dranishnikov, Ariy Pazovsky, Evgeny Mravinsky, Konstantin Simeonov, and Yuri Temirkanov were among the conductors who had a decisive impact on the Mariinsky Orchestra in the 20th century. Since 1988, the orchestra has been led by Valery Gergiev, who has significantly expanded the repertoire and brought into the spotlight such previously ignored composers as Stravinsky, Messiaen, Dutilleux, Henze, Shchedrin, Gubaidulina, and Kancheli. Above all, Gergiev regularly leads his musicians on performances all over the world, including at the major festivals and in the most significant music capitals. Since 2009, the orchestra has been releasing CDs on its own record label, “Mariinsky.”

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 2000 in works by Bartók, Scriabin, and Mussorgsky/Ravel conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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    Valery Gergiev

    Born in Moscow in 1953, Valery Gergiev studied at the Leningrad Conservatory with Ilya Musin and rose to international prominence in 1977 as a prize-winner at the Karajan Competition in Berlin. In the following year, he began his association with the Kirov Opera, now the Mariinsky Theater, where he debuted with Prokofiev’s War and Peace. Gergiev was appointed its Artistic Director in 1988 and, in 1996, General Director; associated with this post is also directorship of the Stars of the White Nights and New Horizons festivals. He has given guest performances with the Mariinsky ensemble in Japan, China, Israel, the USA, and many European music centers. In 2006, he inaugurated a new concert hall in St. Petersburg built especially for the Mariinsky Orchestra; a second new opera house was opened in 2013. Valery Gergiev made his debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1994, which engaged him as Principal Guest Conductor from 1997 to 2008. During this period he also helmed the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, from 1995 to 2007, and from 2007 to 2015 he held the principal position with the London Symphony Orchestra. Since 2015, Gergiev has served as Principal Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic, with which he made a recording of the complete Bruckner symphonies, which was released in 2020. As a guest conductor, he has led the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies; the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics; and the Royal Concertgebouworkest. He made his Bayreuth Festival debut in 2019 with Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Gergiev is chairman of the International Tchaikovsky Competition and director of the Moscow Easter Festival. In his home country, he has been awarded the Shostakovich Prize and the title Russian People’s Artist. He has been a UNESCO Artist for Peace since 2003 and in 2006 received the Polar Music Prize and the Karajan Music Prize.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 1999 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in works by Kancheli and Beethoven.

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    Introduction to the Concert | 17.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    with Susanne Stähr

    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.