F. MENDELSSOHN Ouverture Ruy Blas
H. BERLIOZ Les Nuits d'été
G. ROSSINI Ouverture to the opera Il barbiere di Siviglia
F. MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 Italian
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly conductor
Marie-Nicole Lemieux mezzo-soprano
ABOUT THIS CONCERT
Since 2003, when Claudio Abbado formed his own orchestra of players hand-picked from Europe's best ensembles, the MCO has formed the core of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra (LFO). This spring, music director Riccardo Chailly and the LFO have created a new annual festival. The first edition focuses on composer Felix Mendelssohn and his contemporaries, bringing Mendelssohn's five symphonies into dialogue with Richard Wagner, Robert Schumann, and Hector Berlioz.
This concert brings Hector Berlioz into focus alongside Mendelssohn. The two composers were in Italy during 1830-31, and Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony, the Italian, was written based on his impressions from this time. Berlioz later included the piece in his repertoire as a conductor.