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Vienna Philharmonic | Herbert Blomstedt

Schubert | Brahms

Fri, 10.09. | 19.30 | No. 211336

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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    Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
    Symphony No. 7 in B minor, D. 759 Unfinished
    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

    “You must change yourself,” Herbert Blomstedt declared last summer during the Festival’s podcast “Happy Hour.” What a remarkable motto for a 93-year-old! But perhaps this is precisely the key to his ability to remain so youthful and to radiate an unbroken vitality. No wonder Blomstedt took advantage of the coronavirus lockdown to make some new discoveries; he studied no fewer than eight new scores. At the same time, he has also taken up the supposedly familiar repertoire again: works such as Schubert’s stirring Unfinished Symphony, which the composer abandoned after only two movements, though these in themselves could hardly be more complete. Blomstedt will now present his latest findings as he conducts the Vienna Philharmonic. In the second part, Blomstedt will focus on the Brahms Fourth, whose intimate melodies he likens to “a musical embrace,” but “without any sentimentality.” He regards the Passacaglia finale as “a very strong piece: very moving, rich, and novel, yet difficult to shape.” That he will manage to do so masterfully is beyond question.

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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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