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 Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 4.00pm 
Basler Madrigalisten | ensemble dialogue | Soloists & Percussionists | Raphael Immoos | Fritz Hauser | Brigitte Dubach
Lucerne Festival

ensemble dialogue | Basler Madrigalisten | Raphael Immoos conductor | Irina Ungureanu soprano | Rebecca Ockenden soprano | Barbara Schingnitz mezzo-soprano | Leslie Leon mezzo-soprano | Daniel Issa tenor | Robert Koller baritone | Jan Sauer baritone | Tiago Mota bass | Alexandre Babel percussion | Rie Watanabe percussion | Michael Weilacher percussion | Daniel Eichholz percussion | Fritz Hauser stage director | Katja Nestle costumes | Brigitte Dubach lighting

Jewish custom ascribes great significance to honoring the memory of the deceased. And so those who take part in mourning stay at home for a week of “sitting shiva,” during which period they are visited, cared for, and comforted by members of the community as they commemorate the dead. In Tante Hänsi (2006), the Swiss composer Mela Meierhans addressed herself to Christian folk rituals of mourning in her homeland and, in Rithaa (2010), to Islamic traditions. Now, in Shiva for Anne, the concluding third part of her Afterlife Trilogy, she explores Judaism – while also commemorating the British poet Anne Blonstein, who was originally to have written the libretto but who died in 2011.

Mela Meierhans : Shiva for Anne

17 Aug

 Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 6.30pm 
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Soloists
Lucerne Festival

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim conductor | Peter Seiffert Tristan | Waltraud Meier Isolde | Ekaterina Gubanova Brangäne | René Pape King Marke | Stephan Rügamer Melot

“O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe” (“Descend, o night of love”): No one has expressed emotional exuberance and feelings of boundless ecstasy more powerfully than Richard Wagner. In the second act of Tristan und Isolde he created a sound world celebrating the act of love – and was himself shocked by the powerful effect his own music had: “I fear that the opera will be banned,” wrote Wagner to his muse, Mathilde Wesendonck. “Only mediocre performances can save me! Completely good ones will drive people to insanity.” Be forewarned, then, that this concert may induce in you a state of madness! … Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is also capable of playing a tremendous diversity of music, as we will hear in the program’s first half, which features new works by the Israeli composer Ayal Adler and the Syrian composer Kareem Roustom. And it’s all in the spirit of Wagner: “Children! Make new things!”

Ayal Adler : Resonating Sounds for large orchestra
Kareem Roustom : Ramal for orchestra
Richard Wagner : Tristan und Isolde. Concert performance of Act Two

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 Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Daniel Harding | Stefan Dohr
Lucerne Festival

Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Daniel Harding conductor | Stefan Dohr french horn

Can music suggest hypocrisy? Antonín Dvořák's late-period tone poem The Wood Dove tests the idea. It involves a widow who makes the motions of mourning at her husband’s coffin, but her grief turns out to be a sham, for she had poisoned her spouse… Dvořák translates the inner voice of her tormented conscience into the plaintive cooing of a dove that in the end drives the murderess to suicide. Meanwhile, the putatively “American” melodies of the New World Symphony turn out, on closer inspection, to be a mirage. In fact, their syncopated rhythms and pentatonic lines could just as well be at home in the Bohemian provinces. Dvořák himself once mentioned that there was a popular pub in Prague called “Nový svet,” which means “new world.” And this interesting tidbit could perhaps give his Ninth Symphony an intriguing double meaning.

Antonin Dvorak : The Wood Dove
Wolfgang Rihm : Horn Concerto
Antonin Dvorak : Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 From the New World

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