LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D major op. 61
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 4 in C minor op. 43
- Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin
- Violin Leonidas Kavakos
- 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 the Lake Lucerne.
For his Lucerne Festival Orchestra debut, Yannick Nézet-Séguin explores the theme of "power" through two works that were suppressed or overlooked for many years after their composition. Shostakovich's fourth symphony was written when the composer came under intense scrutiny for his forward-thinking and expressive musical language. Fearing the authorities, he withdrew the work, which was not premiered until 25 years later. Beethoven's Violin Concerto suffered a similar fate, neglected for decades because of a lack of understanding from his peers about the work's pioneering form. Thankfully both pieces have now become important cornerstones of the repertoire.
Live on 22 August 2019 at 19:30 on SRF2