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Vladimir Jurowski and the Bayerisches Staatsorchester in Turin and Bologna
In the Turin concert that closes the Lingotto Musica Season, Alexander Melnikov will sit at the piano, at the Bologna Festival, in the final concert of the Grandi Interpreti series, the soloist will be Emmanuel Ax
Organized by: Lingotto Musica ETS | Bologna Festival Association

Lingotto Musica ETS | Bologna Festival Association Presents

“ The Lingotto Concerts 2023 – 24 | 43rd Bologna Festival 2024 – Great Performers”
Guided by the wand and charisma of Vladimir Jurowski, its permanent director, arrives in Italy there Bayerisches Staatsorchester, one of the oldest musical ensembles in the world, rich in five centuries of history. Two appointments on the calendar, the May 30, 2024 to Turin for the Lingotto concerts and the May 31 to the Bologna Festivals for the closing of the Grandi Interpreti review.

The program pays homage to the great German musical tradition of the early nineteenth century, layouting theOverture from the Oberon of Carl Maria von Weber, there Symphony n. 3 "Rhenish" from Robert Schumann and the famous Concert n. 5 for piano and orchestra, “Imperatore” by Ludwig van Beethoven.

In Turin – where the long-awaited debut ofBavarian State Orchestra under the guidance of Vladimir Jurowski crowns the celebrations for the thirtieth anniversary of the Agnelli Auditorium and the Lingotto Concerts – it will be the Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov to perform the famous Beethoven piece, while for the Grandi Interpreti series of the Bologna Festival, the soloist will be the American of Polish origin Emanuel Ax.

Made up of 144 instrumentalists from 24 nations, theBavarian State Orchestra, resident formation of the Bayerische Staatsoper of Munich, is the heir of the Court Orchestra founded in 1523, and is today counted among the most prestigious European ensembles. Directed since 1563 by the Flemish composer Orlando di Lasso who served as maestro di cappella at the Bavarian court, the orchestra had sacred music as its initial focus, expanding the repertoire, between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, to opera theater and symphony concerts. The glorious opera tradition of the Bavarian team includes important world premieres, from Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera (1775) and Idomeneo (1781) to the Wagnerian theater masterpieces Tristan und Isolde (1865), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868), Das Rheingold ( 1869) and Die Walküre (1870). If the figure of Richard Wagner stands out among the great composers linked to the orchestra, its main conductors include eminent personalities such as Richard Strauss, Bruno Walter, Hans Knappertsbusch, Sir Georg Solti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano and Kirill Petrenko, at which Vladimir Jurowski succeeded in 2021.

The German-born Russian maestro, Generalmusikdirektor of the Bayerische Staatsoper, is one of the most sought-after and dynamic batons of his generation. Family tradition, Vladimir Jurowski was born in Moscow in 1972, the city where he began his musical training before moving with his family to Germany in 1990, where he continued his studies in Dresden and Berlin. In 1995 he made his debut as an opera director at the Wexford Festival Opera with Notte di maggio by Rimskij-Korsakov and at the Royal Opera House in London with Verdi's Nabucco. Since then Vladimir Jurowski has performed in the major theaters and in the most renowned festivals: Metropolitan in New York, Opéra de Paris, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Bol'šoj Theater in Moscow, Semperoper in Dresden, Salzburg Festival. Formerly principal conductor of the Komische Oper in Berlin from 1997 to 2001, musical director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera from 2001 to 2013 and principal conductor of the London Philharmonic – where he retains the position of conductor emeritus – from 2007 to 2021, since 2017 he has also been principal conductor and artistic director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and “Principal Artist” of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. As a guest conductor, he has appeared with the Berlin and Wiener Philharmonikers, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The program opens onOverture from the romantic opera in three acts Oberon that Carl Maria von Weber he wrote for Covent Garden in London in 1826, on the threshold of death. Taken from Wieland's poem of the same name (1780), in which the suggestions of medieval chivalric poetry, the exoticism of the Arabian Nights and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream are collected with elegant lightness, Oberon brings together those fantastic and legendary traits thanks to whom Weber founded the new national tradition of German opera.

At the center of the evening, the Concerto for piano and orchestra n. 5 in E flat major op. 73 "Emperor" composed of Ludwig van Beethoven in 1809 with dedication to Archduke Rudolf. A grandiose page, with a titanic initial Allegro of 600 bars, opened rather than concluded by the solo cadence of the piano, the Concerto n. 5, performed for the first time in Vienna in 1812 by Carl Czerny, is the last work of Beethoven's entire production for solo instruments and orchestra, and constitutes the most ambitious and futuristic result achieved by the composer in this field. If the piano is the absolute "lord" of this symphonic work, Beethoven manages to put it in perfect balance with the orchestra, with the strings, wind instruments and timpani, creating a variety of timbral effects unusual for the classical period. The subtitle "Emperor", not original, is inspired by the sumptuous and martial intonation that characterizes the piece.

The concert closes there Symphony no. 3 in E flat major op. 97 called «Rhenish», the most vital of the four symphonies composed by Robert Schumann, perfect synthesis between the classical and romantic elements of his poetics. The page, which belongs to the last phase of his production, is placed in the moment of happy creative energy that followed his move to Düsseldorf, where he had become Musikdirektor and where he conducted the Third Symphony in 1851. The subtitle, which also should not be understood in programmatic sense, refers not only to the place of composition but - especially through the majestic flow of the fourth movement - to that "Father Rhine", omnipresent in literature and in painting, an emblematic symbol of German romanticism.

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(Photocredit: Vladimir Jurowski, Wilfried Hösl | Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Nikolaj Lund)
Vladimir Jurowski and the Bayerisches Staatsorchester in Turin and Bologna

Interpreters

Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Vladimir Jurowski director

Turin 30 May Alexander Melnikov piano
Bologna 31 May Emanuel Ax piano

Program

Carl Maria von Weber
Overture from Oberon

Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for piano and orchestra n. 5 in E flat major op. 73 «Emperor»

Robert Schumann
Symphony no. 3 in E flat major op. 97 «Rhena»

Replicas

30 May 2024 at 8.30 pm | Turin, Auditorium G. Agnelli at Lingotto
31 May 2024 at 8.30 pm | Bologna m Theater Auditorium Manzoni

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