Interdisciplinary, Performance, Luzern
– At Rihm's suggestion, the new series "Cosmos Boulez” will present works by the Academy’s founder, the late Pierre Boulez, that are significant yet...Read Biography
At Rihm's suggestion, the new series "Cosmos Boulez” will present works by the Academy’s founder, the late Pierre Boulez, that are significant yet were withdrawn by the composer during his lifetime, such as Polyphonie X. This inaugural edition of the series will span three summers. Other Boulez works in the series include the fourth movement of Livre pour Quatuor performed by the Arditti Quartet and Livre pour cordes and Éclat/Multiples, in which David Robertson will again collaborate with the Lucerne Festival Academy. Sylvain Cambreling will work for the first time with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, which will premiere Rebecca Saunders' new piano concerto for Nicolas Hodges as part of the Roche Commissions.
The retrospective spotlighting composer-in-residence Rebecca Saunders will comprise compositions from the past ten years. Saunders composed her Trumpet Concerto for the trumpeter Marco Blaauw and void for Dirk Rothbrust and Christian Dierstein. Both works will be performed by the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Alumni conducted by lan Volkov. In the summer of 2020, the Alumni will additionally present their interpretation of Le Sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky.
The Summer Festival program includes world premieres of works by Saunders, Nante, Kurtág/Kurtág Jr./Cuendet, Pelzel, and Skrzypczak, as well as numerous Swiss premieres. For the räsonanz Donor Concert, which involves a collaboration of the Festival with the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and Bavarian Radio’s musica viva, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra led by Susanna Mälkki will perform Ammann's The Piano Concerto (Gran Toccata) with Andreas Haefliger as the soloist as well as works by Saariaho, Sibelius, and Nørgård. Sir George Benjamin will introduce a new work he has composed, leading the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in its Swiss premiere.