The 2018 Lucerne Summer Festival



Preview of the 2018 Lucerne Summer Festival – 17th August to 16th September

The festival theme of ‘Childhood’ will highlight works by composers related to childhood, programmes for young concertgoers, and the ‘child prodigy’ phenomenon.

Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra will devote themselves to music by Stravinsky and Mozart, Ravel and Debussy, Wagner and Bruckner; Lang Lang will be the soloist for the opening concert.

‘Kosmos Stockhausen’ – a retrospective of the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen – will mark his 90th birthday. The Lucerne Festival Academy, together with Peter Eötvös, Lin Liao, David Fulmer, Gergely Madaras, Sir Simon Rattle, Matthias Pintscher, and Duncan Ward, will perform Inori, Gruppen, and other works. Sir Simon Rattle will conduct Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges.

Fritz Hauser will be composer-in-residence; the cellist Sol Gabetta and the director Dan Tanson will appear as ‘artistes étoiles’.

As the Lucerne Festival Orchestra embarks on its third summer with Music Director Riccardo Chailly, it continues to expand its repertoire. For the Opening and Symphony Concert 3, Chailly, who celebrates the 30th anniversary of his debut at Lucerne in 2018, will pair two Stravinsky works –Dumbarton Oaks and The Firebird – with Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C minor, with Lang Lang as the soloist. The second programme will be devoted to French music: Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune as well as his Trois Nocturnes and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, for which the Bavarian Radio Choir will participate. For the third programme, Chailly will pair Wagner’s Overtures to Rienzi and The Flying Dutchman with Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony.

During the concert series ‘Kosmos Stockhausen’ important works by this composer will be a focus of the Lucerne Festival Academy in 2018. The Academy students will work with Peter Eötvös, Lin Liao, David Fulmer, and Gergely Madaras to study and rehearse Inori, an orchestral piece featuring two dance mimes, and they will also join with the London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle, Matthias Pintscher, and Duncan Ward for Gruppen, which will be performed on the same programme in two different configurations using musicians from both orchestras. This work was first presented at the Festival in 2007. Reading Malevich, a new composition by Peter Eötvös that was composed as part of the Roche Commissions series, will receive its world premiere during the concert by the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy with Principal Conductor Matthias Pintscher.

Sol Gabetta, who launched her international career at Lucerne Festival as the winner of the 2004 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, will be back in the summer of 2018 as an ‘artiste étoile’ to play a varied repertoire. She will perform cello concertos by Elgar, Haydn, and Martinů with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, she will give a programme of chamber music with Matthias Goerne and Kristian Bezuidenhout.

Internationally acclaimed symphony orchestras can be heard almost daily during the festival. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of their Lucerne debut, the Berlin Philharmonic will perform in Lucerne for the first time with their future Chief Conductor Kirill Petrenko. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe will be led by Bernard Haitink (with Schubert’s Ninth Symphony) and Heinz Holliger, the Vienna Philharmonic by Franz Welser-Möst (with Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony), and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, along with the winner of the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, by Daniele Gatti, with Bruckner’s Third and Mahler’s Seventh symphonies. Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will make their first trip to Lucerne together. In addition to Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Mahler’s Third Symphony and Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony), the Mahler Chamber Orchestra returns to Lucerne with François-Xavier Roth, as do Gustavo Dudamel with the Orquesta Sinfónica Símon Bolívar de Venezuela and Daniel Barenboim with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Both the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande led by Jonathan Nott and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin will each give a concert to celebrate the 100th anniversary of their founding. Marin Alsop will perform with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra with James Gaffigan, the Munich Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev (with Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony), and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov will once again appear at the Festival. Included among the summer’s soloists are such figures as the violinists Renaud Capuçon, Lisa Batiashvili, Baiba Skride, and Leonidas Kavakos; the singers Elsa Dreisig and Magdalena Kožená; and the pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Yefim Bronfman, Sergei Redkin, Yuja Wang, and Krystian Zimerman.

John Rhodes

For further details of the Festival, the detailed programme and how to apply for tickets visit the Festival’s website


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