Schumann Cycle 2

Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra | Paavo Järvi | Christian Tetzlaff


Wed, 25.08. | 19.30 | No. 211316

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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10.08.-12.09. 2021




    Schumann Cycle 2

    Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra | Paavo Järvi | Christian Tetzlaff

    Paavo Järvi  conductor
    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Overture to the opera Genoveva, Op. 81
    Concerto for violin and orchestra in D minor, WoO1
    Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 97 Rhenish

    With his complete recording plus a concert film about the four Schumann symphonies, Paavo Järvi created a sensation – and set interpretive standards. Like few others, the Estonian maestro knows how to penetrate to the interior of these scores. “Schumann has the ability to suddenly change from the deepest melancholy, sadness, and depression into a firework of joy. That is unique,” Järvi believes. “He felt that music should never be written for its own sake. There seems to be a story behind each of his compositions.” With the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and the Rhenish Symphony, Järvi recounts the initial euphoria that overwhelmed Schumann when he moved to Düsseldorf in 1850 to take up the post of music director. With Christian Tetzlaff and the late Violin Concerto, however, the program escorts us into the composer’s darkest period. The work was considered so crazy and infected by “madness” that it was never played during Schumann’s lifetime and only received its premiere 84 years late, in 1937.

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    Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra

    The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich was founded in 1868 with the purpose of enriching Zurich’s musical life with a permanent professional ensemble. Shaping the first 80 years of its
    history were the conductors Friedrich Hegar and Volkmar Andreae, both of whom stood at the helm for about four decades. In more recent years, it was David Zinman who led the orchestra to world renown as principal conductor (1995-2014); he now serves as the ensemble’s honorary conductor. Paavo Järvi has served as music director since the 2019-20 season. The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich currently comprises around 100 musicians from 20 nations who present around 50 different programs in more than 100 concerts each season. This also includes numerous guest tours, which have so far taken the orchestra to 30 different countries. The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich regularly collaborates with renowned conductors and soloists; it has established a Conductor’s Academy to promote the emerging generation on the podium. The annual Creative Chair gives contemporary composers the spotlight on programs: most recently, Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, and Matthias Pintscher. Other program offerings include children’s, family, and school concerts; workshops; and a variety of supporting events to appeal to new audiences. The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich has released more than 40 CDs; the first recording conducted by Paavo Järvi, which is dedicated to works by Messiaen, was awarded the Diapason d’or in 2019.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on September 14, 2003; David Zinman conducted works by Luciano Berio, Antonín Dvořák, and Richard Strauss.

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    Paavo Järvi

    Born in 1962 as the son of conductor Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi studied percussion and conducting at the conservatory in his native city of Tallinn. In 1980, the family moved from the Estonian Soviet Republic to the United States, where he continued his training first at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and then with Leonard Bernstein at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. Järvi served as principal guest conductor with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra before leading the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as music director for ten years, from 2001 to 2011. From 2006 to 2013, he served as principal conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and from 2010 to 2016 he was music director of the Orchestre de Paris. He has led the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen since 2004, the Japanese NHK Orchestra since 2015, and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich since 2019. Additionally, since 2011 he has served as artistic director of the Estonian Pärnu Festival, which he co-founded, and director of the Estonian Festival Orchestra. As a guest conductor, Järvi has worked with the major London orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouworkest, the Los Angeles and Israel Philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. In 2017, he made his debut at La Scala in Milan with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Järvi has a broad repertoire and is also deeply committed to the works of Estonian composers, especially Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Lepo Sumera, and Eduard Tubin. His discography includes compositions by Sibelius, Shostakovich, Nielsen, Prokofiev, Berlioz, and Stravinsky, as well as the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, and Franz Schmidt. With the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich he recorded a Messiaen CD und is currently working on a Tchaikovsky cycle. Järvi’s recording of the Sibelius cantatas earned a Grammy Award. He received the Paul Hindemith Prize in 2012, and, in 2019, the Rheingau Music Prize.

    Lucerne Festival debut on 18 August 2001, leading the European Union Youth Orchestra in a program of works by Stravinsky, Grieg, and Prokofiev.

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    Christian Tetzlaff

    Christian Tetzlaff, who was born in Hamburg in 1966, studied violin with Uwe-Martin Haiberg at the Lübeck Academy of Music; in 1985 he went to Cincinnati for a year to perfect his skills with Walter Levin, primarius of the LaSalle Quartet. Since his official concert debut, in which he performed Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto at the 1988 Berlin Festival, Tetzlaff has worked with such leading orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouworkest, and the renowned orchestras in London as well as the major American orchestras. Tetzlaff has been artist-in-residence at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall as well as with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony. Most recently, in the 2020-21 season, he held this position with the London Symphony Orchestra. Tetzlaff performs a repertoire ranging from Bach to the present. Examples of his devotion to contemporary music include his performances of the premieres of violin concertos by Harrison Birtwistle and Jörg Widmann. He also takes on rarities, including the long-forgotten Violin Concerto by Joseph Joachim. He is intensely involved in chamber music, not least with his Tetzlaff Quartet, founded in 1994, and in a trio he forms with his sister, the cellist Tanja Tetz-laff, and the pianist Lars Vogt. Tetzlaff’s CD recordings have received such awards as the Diapason d’or, the Edison Award, and the Echo Klassik; his most recent recordings are devoted to the violin concertos of Beethoven and Sibelius, which he released in 2019 with the DSO Berlin and Robin Ticciati, and chamber music by Éric Montalbetti (2020). Christian Tetzlaff, who teaches regularly at the Kronberg Academy, plays a violin by German instrument maker Peter Greiner that is modeled after a Guarneri del Gesù.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 2 September 1989, as part of the Young Artists series in works by Mozart, Webern, Prokofiev, and Beethoven.

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