Lucerne Festival 2014

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AO30120141201

What makes Lucerne stand out among the embarrassment of riches of Europe's countless music festivals? For sure, there is the expected stellar roster of visiting conductors, soloists and orchestras. But, uniquely, at their disposal are three specially-formed groups of world-class players. The Lucerne Festival Orchestra is a true army of generals formed from the cream of Europe's foremost ensembles, the core of which is the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. And the Lucerne Academy, largely devoted to new music, is made up of some of the best young musicians to be found anywhere. Penny Gore presents a week of Lucerne Festival highlights featuring all these and some of the Festival's guest orchestras, too. Plus, in his centenary year, performances of music by Andrzej Panufnik.

Dukas: Fanfare (from 'La Péri')

Debussy: Rondes de printemps (from 'Images')

Lucerne Festival Academy

Simon Rattle (conductor)

2.10 pm

Panufnik

Old Polish Suite

Sinfonia Varsovia

Andres Mustonen (conductor)

2.25 pm

Brahms

Serenade No. 2 in A, op. 16

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

3.05 pm

Wagner

Tristan und Isolde (Act II)

Tristan.... Peter Seiffert, tenor,

Isolde.... Waltraud Meier, soprano

Brangäne .... Ekaterina Gubanova, mezzo-soprano

King Mark - René Pape, bass

Melot..... Stephan Rügamer, tenor

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor).

AO30120141201

What makes Lucerne stand out among the embarrassment of riches of Europe's countless music festivals? For sure, there is the expected stellar roster of visiting conductors, soloists and orchestras. But, uniquely, at their disposal are three specially-formed groups of world-class players. The Lucerne Festival Orchestra is a true army of generals formed from the cream of Europe's foremost ensembles, the core of which is the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. And the Lucerne Academy, largely devoted to new music, is made up of some of the best young musicians to be found anywhere. Penny Gore presents a week of Lucerne Festival highlights featuring all these and some of the Festival's guest orchestras, too. Plus, in his centenary year, performances of music by Andrzej Panufnik.

Dukas: Fanfare (from 'La Péri')

Debussy: Rondes de printemps (from 'Images')

Lucerne Festival Academy

Simon Rattle (conductor)

2.10 pm

Panufnik

Old Polish Suite

Sinfonia Varsovia

Andres Mustonen (conductor)

2.25 pm

Brahms

Serenade No. 2 in A, op. 16

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

3.05 pm

Wagner

Tristan und Isolde (Act II)

Tristan.... Peter Seiffert, tenor,

Isolde.... Waltraud Meier, soprano

Brangäne .... Ekaterina Gubanova, mezzo-soprano

King Mark - René Pape, bass

Melot..... Stephan Rügamer, tenor

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor).

AO30120141201

What makes Lucerne stand out among the embarrassment of riches of Europe's countless music festivals? For sure, there is the expected stellar roster of visiting conductors, soloists and orchestras. But, uniquely, at their disposal are three specially-formed groups of world-class players. The Lucerne Festival Orchestra is a true army of generals formed from the cream of Europe's foremost ensembles, the core of which is the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. And the Lucerne Academy, largely devoted to new music, is made up of some of the best young musicians to be found anywhere. Penny Gore presents a week of Lucerne Festival highlights featuring all these and some of the Festival's guest orchestras, too. Plus, in his centenary year, performances of music by Andrzej Panufnik.

Dukas: Fanfare (from 'La Péri')

Debussy: Rondes de printemps (from 'Images')

Lucerne Festival Academy

Simon Rattle (conductor)

2.10 pm

Panufnik

Old Polish Suite

Sinfonia Varsovia

Andres Mustonen (conductor)

2.25 pm

Brahms

Serenade No. 2 in A, op. 16

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

3.05 pm

Wagner

Tristan und Isolde (Act II)

Tristan.... Peter Seiffert, tenor,

Isolde.... Waltraud Meier, soprano

Brangäne.... Ekaterina Gubanova, mezzo-soprano

King Mark - René Pape, bass

Melot....Stephan Rügamer, tenor

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor).

AO30220141202

Penny Gore continues her survey of Lucerne Festival highlights with Dvorak's evergreen 'New World' Symphony played by Festival resident, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. And there's a performance of Beethoven's epic Missa Solemnis complete with a starry line up of soloists and one of Europe's most renowned choirs, led by pianist-turned-conductor András Schiff, whose hand-picked orchestra's name is a pun on his own. Plus more from centenary composer, Andrzej Panufnik.

Panufnik: Concerto Festivo

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Liebreich (conductor)

recorded at Grzegorz Fitelberg Concert Hall, Katowice

3.15 pm

Dvorák

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95 ('From the New World')

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Daniel Harding (conductor)

3.00 pm

Beethoven

Missa Solemnis in D, op. 123

Ruth Ziesak, soprano

Britta Schwarz, contralto

Werner Güra, tenor

Robert Holl, bass

Balthasar Neumann Chorus

Cappella Andrea Barca

András Schiff (conductor).

AO30320141203

Penny Gore with more performances from the Lucerne Festival and, to mark his centenary this year, Panufnik's Piano Concerto.

Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, op. 53

Sara Mingardo, contralto

Men's voices of the Bavarian Radio Chorus

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

2.15 pm

Panufnik: Piano Concerto

Mateusz Borowiak, piano

National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio, Katowice

Michal Klauza (conductor)

2.45 pm

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F, op. 68 ('Pastoral')

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Gustavo Dudamel (conductor).

AO304 LAST20141205

Penny Gore's final look at Lucerne Festival highlights features a spectacular concert from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons and Gustavo Dudamel conducts Stravinsky's epoch-making ballet. Plus, in celebration of his centenary, Panufnik's evocative portrait of the Suffolk countryside, Landscape.

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Gustavo Dudamel (conductor)

2.40 pm

Panufnik: Landscape

Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Szymon Bywalec (conductor)

2.50 pm

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, op. 56a

3.10 pm

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 in F minor, op. 10

3.50 pm

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

4.10 pm

Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Mariss Jansons (conductor).