LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA: CURIOSITY

17 August 2024

Lucerne

Saturday 18:30 / KKL Luzern

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presented by: Lucerne Festival

PROGRAMME
    • F. MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY "The Hebrides" 
    • E. GRIEG Piano Concerto 
    • R. SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2

  • Leif Ove Andsnes piano
  • Klaus Mäkelä conductor
  • Lucerne Festival Orchestra
ABOUT THIS CONCERT

Since the formation of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra by Claudio Abbado in 2003, musicians from the MCO have formed the core of this group. During this summer's festival, around 20 MCO musicians will take part in four orchestra concerts. Out of these four concerts, two will actually center around musical events taking place in the German city of Leipzig during the 19th century - and this is one of them. 

Leif-Ove Andsnes, with whom the MCO has recorded the five Beethoven as well as several Mozart concertos, will tonight interpret Edward Grieg's only piano concerto. Edward Grieg studied in Leipzig, where he got to know Robert Schumann's piano concerto (performed by Clara Schumann), which must have impressed the young student Grieg a lot, as we can clearly hear in his own concerto written in 1868/69.

Robert Schumann's second symphony, which will also be performed this evening, premiered at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig in 1846, conducted by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, a close friend and admirer of Schumann's.

Mendelssohn's own "Hebrides" - Ouverture in turn, which will open this evening's programme, was inspired by one of the composer's trips to the British Isles. Mendelssohn served as "Kapellmeister" of the Gewandhaus from 1835 to 1841. With Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä, the MCO has already appeared on stage in Granada in 2021; from 2026 onwards, both Mäkelä (with the Concertgebouw Orchestra) and the MCO (under Joana Mallwitz) will play a leading role at the renowned Baden-Baden Easter Festival.

photo: (c) Gregor Hohenberg

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CONCERTS THIS TOUR

16 August 2024 Lucerne

Friday 18:30pm / KKL Luzern

L. STREICH / G. MAHLER

Riccardo Chailly conductor / Lucerne Festival Orchestra

20 August 2024 Lucerne

Tuesday 19:30pm / KKL Luzern

S. RACHMANINOFF

Alexander Malofeev piano / Riccardo Chailly conductor / Lucerne Festival Orchestra

24 August 2024 Lucerne

Saturday 18:30pm / KKL Luzern

C. SCHUMANN / A. BRUCKNER

Beatrice Rana piano / Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor / Lucerne Festival Orchestra