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Vienna Philharmonic | Herbert Blomstedt


Thu, 09.09. | 19.30 | No. 211335

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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10.08.-12.09. 2021



    Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
    Symphony No. 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 Romantic

    Bruckner had a habit of incessantly counting just about everything –a fact that can be heard in his Fourth Symphony. Take the rhythm of the short call intoned by the horn at the beginning, which is heard 16 times within the first minute! “But it’s not like the thump of the bass in rock music, where all you hear for three or five minutes is boom, boom, boom,” says Herbert Blomstedt. “In fact, the harmonies that Bruckner uses for this are constantly changing, thus creating a landscape. You feel like a tourist in the Alps, continually discovering new perspectives, vistas, and surprises. So it never becomes boring: you’re always looking in different directions.” With the Vienna Philharmonic, with whom he has enjoyed a close association since he made his debut with them in 2011 at the age of 83, Blomstedt will elicit a multitude of secrets from Bruckner’s Romantic. He will allow us to hear just how this music, with its bird calls and forest idylls, is so beautiful. And he will ensure that the typical Brucknerian ingredients – solemn string tremolos, chorales, and horn calls – build to an overwhelming apotheosis in the finale.

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    Vienna Philharmonic

    The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which was founded in 1842, comprises musicians who have played for at least three years in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. They form a private association that is democratically organized: all artistic and organizational decisions are made independently at the general meeting. The Philharmonic can look back on a glorious history. In 1877, the orchestra performed outside Vienna for the first time at the Salzburg Music Festival, and the first guest performance abroad took place at the Paris World’s Fair in 1900 under Gustav Mahler. In addition to Mahler, the Philharmonic’s podium has also hosted Wagner, Verdi, Bruckner, Brahms, and Richard Strauss; Hans Richter, Felix Weingartner, Wilhelm Furtwängler, and Clemens Krauss are among the ensemble’s list of music directors. Since 1933, the Vienna Philharmonic has relied on close collaboration with various outstanding artistic personalities, with Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan, and Leonard Bernstein in particular adding important chapters. In the course of their nearly 180 years, the “Viennese” have performed over 9,000 concerts. They have been part of the Salzburg Festival since 1922 and, since 1957, Lucerne Festival as well. They also appear regularly at the Salzburg Mozart Week and have their own concert cycles in New York and Japan. Highlights of each season include the New Year’s Concert, which is broadcast worldwide, and the Schönbrunn Summer Night Concert. A new generation of Philharmonic musicians is being trained in the Orchestra Academy, founded in 2018. Rolex is the exclusive partner of the Vienna Philharmonic.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 1 September 1957 in a program of works by Schumann, Barber, and Beethoven, with Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting.

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    Herbert Blomstedt

    Born in 1927 in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Swedish parents, Herbert Blomstedt received his musical education at the Royal Conservatory in Stockholm, Uppsala University, and New York’s Juilliard School of Music. He continued his training with Igor Markevitch in Salzburg and with Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood. In February 1954, Blomstedt made his debut on the podium of the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently served as chief conductor of such major Scandinavian orchestras as the Oslo Philharmonic (1962-68) and the Danish (1968-77) and Swedish (1977-82) Radio Symphony Orchestras. From 1975 to 1985, he also helmed the Dresden Staatskapelle. In 1985, Herbert Blomstedt was elected music director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; he remained associated with that ensemble for ten years, undertaking numerous European tours with the musicians. He served as music director of the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg from 1996 to 1998 and, from 1998 to 2005, led the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, which subsequently named him Honorary Conductor. As a guest artist, Blomstedt works with the leading orchestras in Europe and North America and, now in his mid-nineties, is still active internationally. In 2020-21, he conducted the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. He is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and holds multiple honorary doctorates. Blomstedt, whose interpretations combine analytical precision with musical soulfulness and who is also highly regarded for his modesty and ethos, received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2016. To mark his 90th birthday in 2017, a volume of conversations with him titled Mission Musik was published.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 24 August 1979 conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden in a program of works by Respighi and Bruckner.

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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.

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