Staatskapelle Berlin

Staatskapelle Berlin | Daniel Barenboim

Schubert | Beethoven

Fri, 27.08. | 19.30 | No. 211318

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021



    Daniel Barenboim  conductor
    Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
    Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D. 485
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 Sinfonia eroica

    With his Sinfonia eroica of 1803, Ludwig van Beethoven introduced an epoch-making work that defied the previous standards of the genre. The first two movements are longer than an entire Haydn symphony. The opening chords, as solid as supporting columns, along with the biting dissonances that Beethoven uses in the opening movement, had a shocking effect on the audience of the time. The pathos of the “Marcia funebre,” with its echoes of French revolutionary music, and the ideological exaggeration of the finale, which alludes to the Prometheus myth, opened up layers of extra-musical messages. For some contemporaries, this went too far. The young Franz Schubert, for example, composed the antithesis with his Fifth in 1816: a symphony using slender instrumentation and a sound pattern modeled after Mozart. And yet Schubert need not fear comparison with Beethoven at all. The graceful lyricism and playful agility of his music, its naturalness and artful simplicity, show this composer, who was only 19 years old at the time, also to be a master of his craft. 

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    Staatskapelle Berlin

    Founded as a court orchestra by Brandenburg’s Elector Joachim II and first documented in 1570, the Staatskapelle Berlin is one of the oldest orchestras in the world. When Frederick the Great opened the Royal Court Opera in 1742, its sphere of activity expanded: since that time, the orchestra has been firmly associated with the opera house on Unter den Linden. Famous figures have led the concert series established since 1842: the list of conductors who have worked on the orchestra’s podium ranges from Spontini, Mendelssohn, and Meyerbeer through Weingartner, Strauss, and Furtwängler to Karajan, Konwitschny, and Suitner. Richard Wagner also collaborated with the Hofkapelle, and his works have been among the pillars of its repertoire ever since. Daniel Barenboim has been at the helm since 1992; in 2000, the orchestra elected him Conductor for Life. In addition to concerts in Berlin, the Staatskapelle regularly travels to  European music centers, as well as to Israel, Japan, China, and North and South America. The annual festival also frequently features cycles of works and has presented the ten great Wagner operas on two occasions. In 2021-22, the orchestra will perform a Schumann cycle with Barenboim. The Staatskapelle Berlin has been voted Orchestra
    of the Year five times by Opernwelt magazine, and in 2003 it received the Furtwäng-ler Prize and a Grammy Award. Through the Orchestra Academy, founded in 1997, the members are also active in the field of education; they are involved in Daniel Barenboim’s Music Kindergarten Berlin for young children and in the NaturTon e.V. Foundation for environmental protection.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut in September 1994 with two concepts of works by Beethoven, Wagner, and Verdi under the direction of Daniel Barenboim.

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    Daniel Barenboim

    The conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, both of whose parents were piano teachers, was born in Buenos Aires in 1942 and began performing in public at the age of seven. In 1952, the family moved from Argentina to Israel; Barenboim won a scholarship to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in 1953 through the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Competition. He also took conducting courses with Igor Marke-vitch and in 1954 was introduced to Wilhelm Furtwängler, who pronounced him a “phenomenon.” Barenboim spent the first phase of his career as an internationally successful concert pianist. Since his debut as a Music Director with the Philharmonia Orchestra (1967), he has likewise been in demand in this capacity with the finest orchestras. Barenboim’s first permanent post was as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris, from 1975 to 1989; from 1991 to 2006, he helmed the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which subsequently named him Honorary Conductor. He made his opera debut in 1973 with Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Edinburgh Festival; in 1981, he conducted for the first time in Bayreuth, where he returned every summer until 1999. Since 1992, Barenboim has been General Music Director of the Berlin Staatsoper and in 2000 the Staatskapelle Berlin elected him Chief Conductor for Life. He was closely associated with La Scala in Milan from 2007 to 2014, most recently as Music Director. In 1999, Barenboim founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which brings together young musicians from Israel, the Arab countries, and Spain. In 2017, he opened the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, where he performs works from the classical period to the present with his newly founded Boulez Ensemble. For his artistic and cultural-political work, Barenboim has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize, the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal, the Siemens Music Prize, the Goethe Medal, and the Japanese Praemium Imperiale, among others. The former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named him UN Messenger of Peace in 2007.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 25 August 1966, performing piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven with the English Chamber Orchestra.

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