Danielle de Niese & Festival Strings Lucerne

Festival Strings Lucerne & Renaud Capuçon

 | December 2017 Spain

French violinist Renaud Capuçon is firmly established internationally as a major soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He is known and loved for his poise, depth of tone and virtuosity, and he works with the world’s most prestigious orchestras, artists, venues and festivals.

Born in Chambéry in 1976, Renaud Capuçon began his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of fourteen, winning numerous awards during his five years there. Following this, Capuçon moved to Berlin to study with Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern and was awarded the Prize of the Berlin Academy of Arts. In 1997, he was invited by Claudio Abbado to become concert master of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, which he led for three summers, working with conductors including Boulez, Ozawa, Welser-Möst and Claudio Abbado.

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What followed was Shostakovich at his best. French violinist Renaud Capuçonjoined the orchestra for Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto no. 1 in A minor, one of the composer’s profoundest works and one of the greatest violin concertos. It was started before the notorious Zhdanov Decree in 1948 when the Soviet authorities clamped down on many composers, including Shostakovich, who had completed the work but delayed its first performance until 1955, after the death of Stalin. The difficult circumstances in which the composer found himself are evident in the concerto. Capuçon’s performance was stunning. The demanding solo part hardly gives the violinist time to pause and Capuçon used his virtuosity to enhance the power of the work.
By Peter Connors

Bachtrack, December 10th 2017

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The Lucerne Festival Strings have been one of the «most distinguished chamber orchestras in Europe»¹ and have ranked for more 60 years now as the leading chamber orchestra of Central Switzerland. The Australian-Swiss violinist Daniel Dodds has been artistic director and leader of the orchestra since 2012.

The very busy Lucerne Festival Strings offers a deliberately wide-ranging repertoire in its own concert series at the Lucerne KKL, as guest ensemble at the Lucerne Festival, in the recording studio and on tour. Since its foundation in 1956, it has premiered more than one hundred works, compositions by Jean Françaix, Frank Martin, Bohuslav Martinu, Sándor Veress, Iannis Xenakis, Krzysztof Penderecki, Klaus Huber and Peter Ruzicka among them.

For more than forty years, from the ensemble’s establishment, Rudolf Baumgartner played a role as a performing artist and in due course as conductor and artistic director of the «Strings», as citizens of Lucerne affectionately refer to the orchestra with its basic core of twenty one musicians. Apart from Baumgartner, formative influence derived from his fellow-founder, the legendary Viennese violinist Wolfgang Schneiderhan and the master pupils of his who originally joined him in the violin section; they were oriented towards the Austro-Hungarian string tradition and its special «golden sound».²

The core consisting of sixteen to seventeen string soloists and a harpsichordist can be expanded depending on requirements, so that the ensemble can perform as an approximately 25-strong chamber orchestra or, for symphonic repertoire, as an up to 60-strong «real top-ranking orchestra».³  In smaller chamber groupings, the Festival Strings Lucerne Chamber Players also have their place in the concert schedule



Edward Elgar: Serenade for strings in E minor, Op. 20
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: Violin concerto in D major, K    218
Franz Schubert: Rondo for violin and string orchestral in A-major, D 438
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K 201/K 186a

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