When Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Le Sacre du Printemps was premiered on 29 May 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the archaic power of this music exerted a shocking impact on the audience. There was booing, whistling, and shouting – leading ultimately to outright fighting. Arguably the most memorable of scandalous premieres in the history of music, at the same time it has become a vibrant symbol for the early 20th century, for the overthrow, reversal, and reorientation of values in that era. LUCERNE FESTIVAL in Summer will take the centenary of this famously scandalous work as an occasion to devote itself to music associated with upheaval and times of change.
The focus will be on composers who initiated radical innovations and whose music responded to political, social, and cultural revolutions: from Carlo Gesualdo through Beethoven and Berlioz to Arnold Schoenberg; from Dmitri Shostakovich, whose works take the October Revolution and its aftermath as their theme, to Luigi Nono and Helmut Lachenmann. And of course the Rite of Spring itself can hardly be ignored.
A special focus will be on the great operatic revolutionary Richard Wagner, whose 200th birthday is being celebrated in 2013. Jonathan Nott, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and a first-rate cast of soloists will present the complete Ring of the Nibelung, some of which Wagner wrote during his years in Tribschen near Lucerne. We welcome Israeli composer Chaya Czernowin as composer-in-residence; the young JACK Quartet will explore revolution in chamber music as our quartet-in-residence, and as “artistes étoiles” we will showcase all facets of the artistry of pianist Mitsuko Uchida and percussionist Martin Grubinger. And of course we present the cream of the international music scene as guest artists.
Book now online your room in the Richard Wagner Hotel or combine your concert night with a dinner before or after at the Hotel Schweizerhol Luzern. Call us under +41 (0)41 410 0 410 and we are happy to assist you!