West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 2

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Lang Lang

Ravel | de Falla | Debussy

Mon, 15.08. | 19.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 2

    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Lang Lang

    Daniel Barenboim  conductor
    Lang Lang  piano
    Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
    Rapsodie espagnole
    Manuel de Falla (1876–1946)
    Noches en los jardines de España for piano and orchestra
    Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    Images pour orchestre No. 2: Ibéria
    Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)

    Music thrives on the exchange of cultures. At the beginning of the 20th century, the French composers Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy were inspired by Spain and monumentalized the Iberian soundscape in several famous orchestral works. The Spaniard Manuel de Falla took the opposite approach: he moved to Paris, drew inspiration from Debussy and Ravel, and created his Noches en los jardines de España as an Impressionist musical painting. On this evening, the highly virtuosic piano part will be played by the Chinese keyboard titan Lang Lang, thus building a bridge to Asia. What’s more, Daniel Barenboim on the podium of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is a prime example of a citizen of the world: born in Argentina as the son of Russian parents, he grew up in Israel, studied in Paris, lived in London and Chicago, and today makes his home in Berlin. He holds four citizenships, speaks six languages fluently, and has been performing around the globe for 70 years. Even Wilhelm Furtwängler called him “a phenomenon.” And that is what Barenboim, who celebrates his 80th birthday in late fall, has remained to this day.

    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

    The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which combines equal numbers of young musicians from Israel and the Arab countries, as well as some members from Turkey and Iran, was founded in 1999 by Daniel Barenboim and the Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said. The vision of a peace-ful coexistence of cultures in the Middle East served as the guiding principle: not by coincidence did Goethe’s famous poetry collection titled West-Eastern Divan inspire the orchestra’s name. Every summer, the musicians gather for working sessions to prepare and rehearse the programs that they subsequently present on international concert tours. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has performed at such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Musikverein, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, as well as in Rabat, Ramallah, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi. The ensemble regularly performs at the BBC Proms, the Waldbühne in Berlin, and the Salzburg Festival. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra celebrated its 20th birthday in October 2019 with two concerts at the Berlin Philharmonie; in December 2020, it performed the official celebratory concert for Beethoven’s 250th birthday in Bonn. Numerous CDs and DVDs, as well as Paul Smaczny’s film Knowledge Is the Beginning, document the work of the orchestra, which was named a UN Ambassador for Cultural Understanding in 2016. Through the Barenboim-Said Academy, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is associated with a state-recognized university for music and the humanities.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 21 August 2007, when Daniel Barenboim conducted works by Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Tchaikovsky.

    Further Information: www.west-eastern-divan.org

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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.

    Further Information: www.danielbarenboim.com

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    Lang Lang

    The Chinese pianist Lang Lang was born in 1982 in Shenyang and started learning piano at the age of three. When he was nine, he began his professional training at the Conservatory in Beijing, continuing his studies with Gary Graffman in 1997 at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. He experienced his international breakthrough in 1999, when he performed Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since then he has appeared with leading orchestras all over the world, developing an especially intense partnership with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, and Sir Simon Rattle. Lang Lang has also achieved fame among listeners from outside the world of “classical” music devotees – all of his CDs have made it to the pop charts. In 2008 he performed at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing, and in 2011 he played a memorial concert in honor of the 200th birthday of Franz Liszt, which was broadcast live in 500 cinemas, and was additionally the star guest for the Last Night of the Proms, which was broadcast around the world. Lang Lang also regularly concertizes with artists from other musical spheres, such as with the jazz legend Herbie Hancock, dubstep dancer Marquese “Nonstop” Scott, and the hit singer Julio Iglesias. In 2014 he performed at the Grammy Awards ceremony with the band Metallica. Lang Lang makes music for state presidents, Nobel Prize winners, monarchs, and dignitaries, including such illustrious figures as Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II, and Pope Francis. Designated by the United Nations as a “Messenger of Peace” in 2013, the pianist is known for his social commitments as well, especially for the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, which he founded in 2008; as part of his educational program “Keys of Inspiration,” he has published the five-volume series Mastering the Piano. Lang Lang is an Exclusive Recording Artist of Deutsche Grammophon.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 22 November 2006 in a recital featuring works by Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt.


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