Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
Gustavo Gimeno © Anne DokterOn Tour 19.01.18-29.01.18

  • Gustavo Gimeno,
  • Khatia Buniatishvili,
  • Anja Harteros

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The Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg undertakes a tour with two world-class soloists – soprano Anja Harteros and pianist Khatia Buniatishvili. Anja Harteros, acclaimed as “soprano of the century” and the “Stradivari of the voice”, excels with perfect voice control and distinctive interpretations. The Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili is also known for her matchless creative drive. Referred to as a “keyboard daredevil” in the press, she takes her listeners along on “passionate emotional excursions,” “from explosive eruptions to passages of gentle melancholy”.

Programme

Programme 1

Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser Ouvertüre und Venusberg-Bacchanale
Franz Liszt: Konzert Nr. 2 A-Dur für Klavier und Orchester
Interval
Claude Debussy: Ibéria-Suite Nr. 2 aus "Images pour Orchestre" (1910/11)
OR
Claude Debussy: Images I - orchestriert von Colin Matthews
Claude Debussy: La Mer (Trois Esquisses Symphoniques)

Programm 2

Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser Ouvertüre und Venusberg-Bacchanale
Richard Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder - für Sopran und Klavier/Orchester
Interval
Claude Debussy: Ibéria-Suite Nr. 2 aus "Images pour Orchestre" (1910/11)
OR
Claude Debussy: Images I - orchestriert von Colin Matthews
Claude Debussy: La Mer (Trois Esquisses Symphoniques)

Orchestra

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

The orchestra of the Grand Duchy, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL), represents a very dynamic part of the culture of its country. Since its brilliant debut in 1933 under the aegis of Radio Luxembourg (RTL), the orchestra has performed all over...

The orchestra of the Grand Duchy, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL), represents a very dynamic part of the culture of its country. Since its brilliant debut in 1933 under the aegis of Radio Luxembourg (RTL), the orchestra has performed all over Europe. Publicly administered since 1996, the OPL has since 2005 been resident at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, one of the most prestigious concert halls in Europe.

 


 

The acoustics of its residence, praised by great orchestras, conductors, and soloists from all over the world, its long-standing relationships with renowned halls and festivals, as well as its close collaboration with first-rate musical personalities, have contributed to making the OPL an orchestra renowned for the elegance of its sound. Its standing has been confirmed by an impressive list of awards received for CDs released over the last few years: Grammy Award, Grand Prix Charles Cros, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, BBC Music Choice, as well as, on several occasions, Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique along with many others.

 

Diversity

 

In Gustavo Gimeno’s third season as Music Director (following Henri Pensis, Carl Melles, Louis de Froment, Leopold Hager, David Shallon, Bramwell Tovey, and Emmanuel Krivine), there is a particular emphasis on the scope of repertoire ranging from Charpentier, Mozart, Brahms, Mahler, Shostakovitch and Debussy to Bernstein, Feldman, and Czernowin. A new recording collaboration with the label Pentatone started with the release of the two volumes dedicated to Bruckner and Shostakovitch in May 2017.

 

The orchestra demonstrates its diversity in concert formats such as «L’Heure de pointe», «Lunch concerts», «Aventure+», regular opera productions staged at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, film-concerts such as «Live Cinema» in collaboration with the Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg and «Pops at the Phil» evenings.

 

Musical partnerships in the 2017/18 season include the artists in residence at the Philharmonie Paavo Järvi, Anna Prohaska and Jean-François Zygel. The OPL will perform with conductors including Lahav Shani, Susanna Mälkki, Juraj Valcuha, Karel Mark Chichon, Jérémie Rhorer or Nikolaj Znaider, and soloists such as Daniel Barenboim, Stefano Bollani, Khatia Buniatishvili, Anja Harteros, Anna Larsson, Sir Bryan Terfel, Krystian Zimerman and Frank Peter Zimmermann.

 

Alongside an extensive repertoire and diverse audiences, as well as the esteem of top-class guest performers, the OPL and the Philharmonie Luxembourg also share an interest in innovative educational projects for children and young people and indeed in adult education. Since 2003, the orchestra has taken on concerts and workshops for schools, children, and families, as well as educational DVD productions. It performs in schools and hospitals, and prepares school classes for its subscription concerts. Furthermore, it invites audiences to discover orchestral music with the help of well-known presenters such as Jean-François Zygel in its «Dating:» series.

 

Openness

 

The orchestra, which consists of 98 musicians is regularly invited to perform at music venues in Europe, as well as in Asia and the USA. In 2017/18, guest performances will take the orchestra to Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands. OPL concerts are regularly broadcast by Luxembourg radio 100,7 and internationally by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

 

The OPL is subsidised by the Ministry of Culture of the Grand Duchy and receives further support from the City of Luxembourg. Its sponsors are BGL BNP Paribas, Banque de Luxembourg, Batipart Invest, BCEE, Mercedes Benz, and POST Luxembourg. Since December 2012, a cello made by Matteo Goffriller (1659–1742), known as «Le Luxembourgeois», has been placed at the OPL’s disposal by BGL BNP Paribas.

SEASON 2017/2018

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Conductor

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Gustavo Gimeno

Gustavo Gimeno has been Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL) since 2015. During the past season Gustavo Gimeno and the OPL extended their contract for three more years until 2022. Gustavo Gimeno conducts the OPL in various concert...

Gustavo Gimeno has been Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL) since 2015.

During the past season Gustavo Gimeno and the OPL extended their contract for three more years until 2022. Gustavo Gimeno conducts the OPL in various concert formats and plans to expand the orchestra’s touring activities as well as its discography. In the current season he will share the Philharmonie stage with such artists as Daniel Barenboim, Krystian Zimerman, Khatia Buniatishvili, Sir Bryn Terfel and Frank Peter Zimmermann. He will again present an opera production in Luxembourg, Mozart’s Don Giovanni.


Gustavo Gimeno is in great demand worldwide as a guest conductor. In 2017/18 he has been invited back to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Orchestre National de France, the Wiener Symphoniker and the Philharmonia Zurich. He will also conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time. In addition, he will return to the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, which specialises in historically informed performance practice.

Highlights of the past season included debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra Washington, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

Gustavo Gimeno made his opera debut in 2015 with Bellini’s Norma at the Valencia Opera House. During the past season he conducted Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra with the OPL at the Grand Théâtre in Luxembourg.

In 2017 the classical label PENTATONE, the OPL and Gustavo Gimeno announced a multiple-release collaboration. Recordings of the First Symphonies by Dmitri Shostakovich and Anton Bruckner and, most recently, Maurice Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloé have been released thus far.

Born in Valencia, Gustavo Gimeno began his international conducting career in 2012, when he was a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, as assistant to Mariss Jansons. He also gained significant experience as assistant to Bernard Haitink and Claudio Abbado, mentors who actively nurtured his talent and influenced him in many ways.

SEASON 2017/2018

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Soloist

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Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano

Born in 1987 in Georgia, pianist Khatia Buniatishvili discovers piano at her very early age (3 years). She gives her first concert with Tbilisi Chamber Orchestra when she was 6 and appears internationally at her 10. Khatia studied in Tbilisi with Tengiz...

Born in 1987 in Georgia, pianist Khatia Buniatishvili discovers piano at her very early age (3 years). She gives her first concert with Tbilisi Chamber Orchestra when she was 6 and appears internationally at her 10. Khatia studied in Tbilisi with Tengiz Amiredjibi and in Vienna with Oleg Maisenberg

She made her U.S. debut at Carnegie Hall, in 2008. Since then she has performed at Hollywood Bowl, iTunes festival, BBC Proms,  Salzbourg festival, Verbier Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, La Roque-d'Anthéron Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, « Progetto Martha Argerich », at the great halls: Carnegie Hall in NYC, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Royal Festival Hall in London, Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonie, Paris Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, La Scala in Milan, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Barcelona Palau de la Música Catalana, Geneva Victoria Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, Prague Rudolfinum, Shanghai Grand Theater, Beijing NCPA, Mumbai NCPA, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Singapore Esplanade Theatre, Etc.


 

Among Khatia's musical partners are world leading conductors such as great Maestro Zubin Mehta or Placido Domingo, Kent Nagano, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Semyon Bychkov, Myung-Whun Chung, etc. and famous orchestras: Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra,  Toronto Symphony, São Paulo State Symphony, China Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, BBC Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Filarmonica della Scala, Vienna symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic Etc.

During the last seasons Khatia was engaged for different projects: 

70th anniversary of United Nations - Charity concert in favor of Syrian refugees; Charity Concert in Kiev in favor of wounded persons in ATO area , "to Russia with Love" concert against violation of Human Rights in Russia; Participated in DLDWomen conference. Khatia collaborated with rock group COLDPLAY for their last album "A Head Full Of Dreams".

Her discography includes Liszt Album (SONY Music) 2011, Chopin Album (SONY Music) 2012, " Motherland" (SONY Music) 2014, "Kaleidoscope" 

(SONY Music) 2016,  as well as "Piano Trios" with Gidon Kremer and Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė (ECM) 2011 and violin and piano sonatas with Renaud Capuçon (Erato) 2014.

Khatia is two times ECHO Klassik Award winner in 2012 and 2016 for her Liszt album and "Kaleidoscope".

SEASON 2016/2017

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Soloist

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Anja Harteros, Soprano

The symbiosis of an intensive stage presence, perfect vocal control and musical sensitivity are Frau Harteros’s hallmarks when it comes to opera performance and equally to Lieder and concert recitals, marking her out as a truly great artist.     Her...

The symbiosis of an intensive stage presence, perfect vocal control and musical sensitivity are Frau Harteros’s hallmarks when it comes to opera performance and equally to Lieder and concert recitals, marking her out as a truly great artist.

 


 

Her international career began in 1999 when she won the „Cardiff Singer of the World“ Competition, which gained her access in a short space of time to all the important venues around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the state opera houses of Munich, Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden, the opera houses in Florence, Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva and Tokyo, and to the Salzburg Festival.

 

Anja Harteros works with Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Marek Janowski, Philipp Jordan, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Antonio Pappano, Kirill Petrenko, Donald Runnicles, Christian Thielemann and many other eminent conductors.

 

In the coming season, 2017-18, in addition to guest performances at venues in Berlin, Munich and Paris (in Don Carlos, Un ballo in maschera, Tosca) and Zurich (Tosca), the singer will play Madeleine de Coigny in Andrea Chenier in Vienna and Munich. She will also be a guest artist, playing the eponymous heroine in Tosca, at the 2018 Salzburg Easter Festival under the baton of Christian Thielemann, who will also be directing Ms Harteros when she plays Elsa in a new production of Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Festival in 2018. Anja Harteros will be giving Lieder recitals in Munich (at the city’s music festival), in Essen, Luxembourg and Grafenegg.

 

Concert tours with the Munich Philharmonic and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg will see the singer perform the Wesendonck Lieder in Munich, Paris, Essen and Baden-Baden.

 

She will also be performing Richard Strauss’s “Four Last Songs”, which she most recently gave in conjunction with the rare work “Malven” (mallows) together with Christian Thielemann, as well as Verdi’s Requiem, which was recently released on CD featuring the Munich Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel.

 

Lieder recitals are a permanent feature of her performing career, and her Lieder CD “Von ewiger Liebe” (of eternal love) with Wolfram Rieger recently won the “Orphée d’Or” award.

 

After being awarded the Munich Festival Prize in 2005, Anja Harteros was endowed in 2007 with the honorific title of Bavarian Kammersängerin, the youngest recipient of the title to date. In 2009 she was voted Singer of the Year by „Opernwelt magazine“, in 2010 she was awarded the first-ever Cologne Opera Prize and in 2013 the Bavarian State Chancellery presented her with its Europe Medal. She was voted Singer of the Year at the International Opera Awards in 2015 and 2017. Her discography includes her Grammy-nominated recording of „Traviata“ under Zubin Mehta, „La Forza del destino“ and „Lohengrin“ in Munich and „Aida“ in Rome under Sir Antonio Pappano.


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