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The sun of the south for the new year

Wed, 1. January 2025 | 17:00 UhrKKL Luzern, Konzertsaal
Program
  • Alfredo Catalani (1854 ‒ 1893)

    • «Contemplazione»

  • Piotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky (1840 ‒ 1893)

    • Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33, for cello and orchestra

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakow (1844 ‒ 1908)

    • Capriccio espagnol op. 34

  • Ottorino Respighi (1879 ‒ 1936)

    • «Pini di Roma»

“At last, this is music again,” said an enthusiastic Franz Liszt on hearing Tchaikovsky’s ‘Rococo Variations’ for the first time in Wiesbaden. The enthusiasm for this ‘secret’ cello concerto remains undiminished to this day, amongst audiences and renowned cellists alike. The same applies to the popular ‘Capriccio Espagnol’: a real ‘ear worm’, and a constant source of amazement at how successful the Russian Rimsky-Korsakov was at composing in such an authentic ‘Spanish’ style. Pure genius. Italy is undoubtedly the land of opera; large-scale orchestral works, even symphonies, are a rarity. But there are exceptions to every rule: Respighi’s ‘Roman Trilogy’, three large-scale orchestral evocations of Rome, are the very pinnacle of orchestral virtuosity. Their highly subtle, elaborate style is due to the fact that in 1901 the Italian Ottorino Respighi studied for several months with the great Rimsky-Korsakov in St. Petersburg; there he mastered the art of colourful orchestration.

The way in which various national musical styles – Spanish, Italian and Russian – can influence and inspire each other is perfectly illustrated in the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester’s popular New Year’s Concert.

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