The Lucerne Summer 2012 Festival

The Lucerne Summer 2012 Festival–Advance Details, 16.12.2011 (JR)

The Lucerne Festival in Summer 2012 will focus on the theme of “Faith”. The spectrum will range widely across music history from sacred works by Bach, Schubert and Bruckner to Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” Symphony. There will also be performances of Verdi’s “Requiem”, Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms” and Schoenberg’s “Moses and Aron”. Andris Nelsons will conduct Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony.

Details of orchestral highlights are as follows:

8th, 10th &11th August 2012: Mahler Symphony No. 8 Lucerne Festival Orchestra Claudio Abbado

17th & 18th August 2012: Beethoven 3rd Piano Concerto, Bruckner Symphony No. 1

Lucerne Festival Orchestra Radu Lupu Claudio Abbado

22nd August 2012: Wagner/Berg/Strauss/Ravel Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra Daniele Gatti

23rd August 2012: Brahms “Song of Destiny”; Bruckner “Te Deum” Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe

24th August 2012: Prokofiev „Cinderella“(complete) London Symphony Orchestra Valery Gergiev

25th August 2012: Gubaidulina: new composition; Bruckner Symphony No. 4 Cleveland Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst

26th August 2012: Smetana “Ma Vlast” Cleveland Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst

28th August 2012: Ligeti/Wagner/Sibelius Symphony No. 4/Debussy/Ravel Berlin Philharmonic Sir Simon Rattle

29th August 2012: Verdi Requiem Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Daniel Barenboim

1st September 2012: Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2, Mahler Symphony No. 1 Concertgebouw Mariss Jansons; Leonidas Kavakos

2nd September 2012: Schoenberg/Stravinsky “Symphony of Psalms”/Barber/Varèse

Concertgebouw Mariss Jansons

3rd September 2012: Mahler Symphony No. 2 City of Birmingham SO Andris Nelsons

4th September 2012: Violin Concerto, Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 City of Birmingham SO Gubaidulina Andris Nelsons

5th September 2012: Beethoven Symphony No. 9 City of Birmingham SO Andris Nelsons

6th September 2012: Beethoven Violin Concerto, Sibelius Symphony No. 1 St. Louis Symphony Orch. David Robertson; Christian Tetzlaff

7th September 2012: Manoury/Harvey/Schoenberg “Erwartung” Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra Pierre Boulez

9th September 2012: Mahler Symphony No. 9 Munich Philharmonic Lorin Maazel

11th September 2012: Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5, Mahler Symphony No. 6 Leipzig Gewandhaus Riccardo Chailly

12th September 2012: Schoenberg “Moses and Aron” SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling

13th September 2012: Schumann/Messaien/Tchaikovsky “Manfred Symphony” Vienna Philharmonic Vladimir Jurowski

14th September 2012: Strauss “Alpine Symphony” Vienna Philharmonic Bernard Haitink

15th September 2012: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, Bruckner Symphony No. 9 Murray Perahia; Bernard Haitink

There are many other fascinating concerts at the Festival: for full details take a look at the Festival’s website

Tickets may be ordered on and after 16th April 2012 by mail, fax or online The complete programme guide with detailed information will be published at Easter.


Edited by John Rhodes