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Evgeny Kissin & Renée Fleming

Past Event
Mon, 23. January 2023 | 19:30 UhrKKL Luzern, Konzertsaal


  • Franz Schubert (1797 ‒ 1828)

    • Suleika 1, D. 720

    • Die Vögel, D. 691

    • Lied der Mignon, D. 877, No. 4

    • Rastlose Liebe, D. 138

  • Franz Liszt (1811 ‒ 1886)
    Works for piano solo

    • Sposalizio, S. 161, No. 1

    • Valse Oubliée No. 1

    • Freudvoll und Leidvoll, S. 280

    • Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh, S. 280

    • Im Rhein, im schönen Strome, S. 272

  • Sergej Rachmaninoff (1873 ‒ 1943)

    • Lilacs, Op. 21, No. 5

    • Dreams, Op. 38, No. 5

    • Mélodie in E Major from Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3, No. 3

    • Sérénade in B-flat Minor from Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3, No. 5

  • Franz Liszt (1811 ‒ 1886)
    Works for piano solo

    • S’il est un charmant gazon, S. 284

    • Oh quand je dors, S. 282

  • Henri Duparc (1848 ‒ 1933)
    Works for piano solo

    • Extase

    • Le Manoir de Rosemonde

In 1984, a twelve-year-old made his sensational debut in Moscow. It was Evgeny Kissin playing Chopin’s two piano concertos. Less than two years later, a young soprano caused a furore in Salzburg. It was Renée Fleming making her debut as Konstanze in Mozart’s “Entführung aus dem Serail”. The two of them have long since ranked among the world‘s musical elite – the celebrated American diva and the venerated Russian master pianist. Fans regularly travel half way around the world to see their idols live. As part of the piano festival “Le piano symphonique”, they can now be seen together on stage – an absolute rarity. Both of them devote themselves here entirely to the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, who was once, thanks to his estate in Hertenstein, a quasi resident of Lucerne. The most beautiful examples of his rich song oeuvre are to be found on the programme, along with two outstanding piano works: Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Sonata and the “5 Morceaux de Fantaisie”, which he composed as a 19-year-old, performed in public throughout his life, and even recorded on piano rolls and shellac. The second of the five Morceaux – the popular Prelude in C-sharp minor – became world-famous and is probably Rachmaninoff’s best known work.

Fascination of keys

After Camille Saint-Saëns and Johannes Brahms in 2021 and 2022, the focus of our piano festival will now be on Robert Schumann, among others, interpreted by world stars such as Martha Argerich, Rudolf Buchbinder and Khatia Buniatishvili.

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