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Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | James Gaffigan | Midori

 27 August 2014 at 7.30pm 

Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | James Gaffigan | Midori

Lucerne Festival

Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | James Gaffigan conductor | Midori violin

Do composers always follow the strict rules of logic when they write their works? No, says the pianist Alfred Brendel, who compares Franz Schubert’s approach to that of a sleepwalker groping about as if in a dream. Rather than dissect his musical material, he repeats it, transforming and showing it in a new light. The psychological impression left on the listener is remarkable: “We feel as though we are not masters of the situation but its victims,” declares Brendel. James Gaffigan and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra will demonstrate this astonishing effect when they perform the Great Symphony in C major, about whose “heavenly lengths” Robert Schumann rhapsodized. As to which path composer-in-residence Johannes Maria Staud will take, that remains to be disclosed with the world premiere of his new violin concerto, which he wrote for “artiste étoile” Midori.

Carl Maria von Weber : Overture to the Romantic opera Oberon
Johannes Maria Staud : Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II)
Franz Schubert : Symphony No. 8 in C major, D. 944 Great

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