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The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY was founded in 2004 by Pierre Boulez in conjunction with the Festival’s executive director Michael Haefliger. Since then, some 130 highly gifted young musicians from all corners of the globe have gathered together every summer in Lucerne. Working together in daily rehearsals, workshops, and lessons, the participants are trained in basic skills for performing contemporary music. The teaching staff is made up of members of the Parisian Ensemble intercontemporain, one of the most celebrated ensembles in the field of modern music.
The 2010 Academy repertoire was recorded live during rehearsals and concerts of the Academy in summer 2010. The double CD is the only audio recording of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra under the baton of renowned maestro Pierre Boulez – available worldwide.
In the sense of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY’s tradition to study contemporary scores and modern masterpieces of the early 20th century this audio recording offers Anton Webern’s Passacaglia for Orchestra, Op. 1 and Variations for Orchestra, Op. 30, Igor Stravinsky’s Le Chant du Rossignol and is rounded off by Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony in A minor.
Webern: Passacaglia for Orchestra, Op. 1
Webern: Variations for Orchestra, Op. 30
Stravinsky: Le Chant du Rossignol. Poème symphonique - Introduction
Stravinsky: Le Chant du Rossignol. Poème symphonique - Marche chinoise
Stravinsky: Le Chant du Rossignol. Poème symphonique - Chant du Rossignol
Stravinsky: Le Chant du Rossignol. Poème symphonique - Jeu du Rossignol mécanique
Mahler: Symphony #6 In A Minor - I. Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig aber Markig
Mahler: Symphony #6 In A Minor - II. Scherzo (Wuchtig)
Mahler: Symphony #6 In A Minor - III. Andante moderato
Mahler: Symphony #6 In A Minor - IV. Finale: Allegro moderato
“[The Mahler] all starts trenchantly enough, allowing the nightmare of the first movement development and its gracious idyll [to] take wing..The first disc is gorgeously brilliantly programmed and gorgeously played”
Awards Issue 2011
“Holding these divergent works together is Boulez's crystalline clarity of line, seasoned with masterful timbres that let each piece blossom of its own accord...the young musicians of the Academy Orchestra do consistently rise to the occasion, with a palpable sense of discovery in their playing”
“Tender and affectionate, with wonderful gradations of truly soft playing leading to a genuinely moving climax that never becomes overwrought, this manifests a glowing tribute to the subtlety and concentration of these gifted musicians. Much more needs to be heard from them, especially given the superb recording.”
16th June 2011
“The Nightingale (wrongly titled in the sleeve notes) receives a glittering account – not sumptuous exactly, but dashingly dramatic and vividly coloured.”
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