SERGEI RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor op. 30
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 in F minor op. 36
- Conductor Riccardo Chailly
- Piano Denis Matsuev
- Lucerne Festival Orchestra including Mahler Chamber Orchestra
ABOUT THIS CONCERT
The Mahler Chamber Orchestra returns to Switzerland this summer for their annual residency at the 2019 Lucerne Festival. The orchestra can be heard five times in this year's edition: four times as part of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, founded by Claudio Abbado in 2003 and which features MCO musicians at its core, and once under its own name.
Each concert expresses this year's theme of "Power," and takes place within Jean Nouvel's stunning Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Lucerne (KKL), a combination of exquisite acoustics and iconic architecture that sits on the shore of Lake Lucerne.
For their second appearance at the festival, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra is joined by Music Director Riccardo Chailly and Denis Matsuev to perform two powerful works of Russian repertoire. Rachmaninov's third piano concerto was written not far from Lucerne, while the composer was living in exile, and places fierce technical demands on the soloist. This is paired with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, which connects with the theme of "power" through a signature brass fanfare that represents fate in musical form throughout the work.