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 Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Cortège pour violon, accompagné de “La Fanfare Harmonie du village”
Lucerne Festival

Basler Madrigalisten | Raphael Immoos conductor | Desirée Meiser stage direction | Silvester von Hösslin narrator | Noëlle-Anne Darbellay violin and voice | Matthias Schranz violoncello | Lanet Flores Otero clarinet | Daniele Pintaudi piano and mime | Blanka Kertész piano

Jürg Wyttenbach has always defied borders – whether between the arts, genres, or stylistic levels. This is clear from the first sampling of his Lucerne retrospective as composer-in-residence, when we will encounter instrumentalists transformed into singers and actors, clowning into performance art, vocal experimentation into enigmatic chansons, and eccentric miniatures into a half-hour-long madrigal play that here receives its world premiere. Above all this hovers the spirit of Mani Matter, the famous Swiss singer-songwriter. A colorful evening on the cusp between anarchy and artistic alchemy is what you should expect. And you can be sure it will turn to gold thanks not only to Wyttenbach’s musical and theatrical imagination but also to his rebellious and mischievous sense of humor.

Jürg Wyttenbach : Sutil und Laar
Jürg Wyttenbach : Trois chansons violées
Jürg Wyttenbach : Una chica en Nirvana
Jürg Wyttenbach : ist klang der sinn?
Jürg Wyttenbach : Es git en Bueb mit Name Fritz
Jürg Wyttenbach : Matter
Jürg Wyttenbach : Der Unfall

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 Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 4pm 
Jürg Wyttenbach: Gargantua chez les Helvètes du Haut-Valais
Lucerne Festival

Alpini Vernähmlassig | Franziskus Abgottspon narrator

“His drive for freedom is like a stream that floods everything and in which everything has a place, from the craziest and most blasphemous to the most intelligent.” Composer-in-residence Jürg Wyttenbach has always been fond of the French Renaissance novelist François Rabelais. He is especially fascinated by the open, indeed wildly episodic layout of Rabelais’ masterwork Gargantua and Pantagruel, which indulges an irrepressible love for storytelling and “in that very moment recreates the form of the novel and language.” Corresponding to this is Gargantua chez les Helvètes du Haut-Valais, which was initially conceived as part of a richly associative collage opera on Rabelais that was never completed. It juxtaposes folkloric and experimental approaches, folk music instruments and advanced playing techniques, life-affirming earthiness and ambiguous Dadaist language games. Originally written for the Oberwalliser Spillit, Wyttenbach has newly arranged his “questionable, though thoroughly bucolic scenes” – as the subtitle has it – for the Lucerne-based ensemble Alpini Vernähmlassig.

Jürg Wyttenbach : Gargantua chez les Helvètes du Haut-Valais oder: “Was sind das für Sitten!?”

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 Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 11am 
Youth Philharmonic of Central Switzerland | Jürg Wyttenbach | Carolin Widmann | Talvi Hunt | Maria Korovatskaya
Lucerne Festival

Youth Philharmonic of Central Switzerland | Jürg Wyttenbach conductor | Carolin Widmann violin | Talvi Hunt piano | Maria Korovatskaya soprano

Music as a way of viewing images: in Jürg Wyttenbach’s Violin Concerto from 2013 the instrumentalists seem to have jumped straight out of the screen. And indeed Gustave Courbet’s famous monumental painting A Burial in Ornans will be projected as an enlarged image on the stage. Wyttenbach has translated Courbet’s “rigidified dance of death” into a “masterful piece of music theater,” wrote the Basler Zeitung following the world premiere. His Cortège (“Procession, Funeral March”) is led by the solo violin – played by the wonderful Carolin Widmann – as the ”harlequin of death,” while the other musicians represent the villagers: the bass tuba for example is the heavyset mayor, while the trumpets are two old veterans of the Revolution. A procession also comes to mind in Charles Ives’s Third Symphony, The Camp Meeting, which evokes the eponymous Presbyterian revival meeting with its church hymns, much as the composer experienced them in his childhood.

Jürg Wyttenbach : Divisions for piano and nine solo strings
Modest Mussorgsky : The Nursery
Charles Ives : Symphony No. 3 The Camp Meeting
Jürg Wyttenbach : Cortège pour violon, accompagné de “La Fanfare Harmonie du village”

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