LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA: CURIOSITY

24 August 2024

Lucerne

Saturday 18:30 / KKL Luzern

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presented by: Lucerne Festival

PROGRAMME

C. SCHUMANN Piano Concerto

A. BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7 (Leopold Nowak ed.)


Beatrice Rana piano

Yannick Nézet-Séguin 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.

Italian pianist Beatrice Rana, who debuted at Lucerne in 2017 with the LFO, recorded Clara Schumann's only piano concerto in 2023 alongside this evening's conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The concerto was composed by Clara Wieck, still unmarried at the time and one of the finest pianists of her era, when she was between 13 and14 years old. She performed it herself in the premiere at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, in 1833. The concerto is set in A minor, just as the one composed by her  husband Robert Schumann in 1841, seven years later.

Also premiered at the Gewandhaus was Anton Bruckner's Seventh Symphony, which marked the greatest success of the Austrian composer's musical career. The work's first performance was conducted by the legendary Arthur Nikisch in 1884. Bruckner began composing the slow second movement of the symphony in anticipation of Richard Wagner's death in 1883. The harmonic colouring and the use of "Wagner tubas" throughout the symphony reflect the composer's deep admiration for his German colleague.

The MCO and Yannick Nézet-Séguin previously collaborated on a highly acclaimed recording of W.A. Mozart's opera "Don Giovanni" for Warner Music in 2012; Nézet-Séguin and MCO musicians have shared the stage on many occasions in the context of the Lucerne Festival.


photo: (c) Simon Fowler

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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

17 August 2024 Lucerne

Saturday 18:30pm / KKL Luzern

F. MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY / E. GRIEG / R. SCHUMANN

Leif Ove Andsnes piano/ Klaus Mäkelä conductor/ Lucerne Festival Orchestra

20 August 2024 Lucerne

Tuesday 19:30pm / KKL Luzern

S. RACHMANINOFF

Alexander Malofeev piano / Riccardo Chailly conductor / Lucerne Festival Orchestra