Lucerne
Summer Festival
From 26 August to 1 September 2024
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    Lucerne looks like paradise in summer. Its exceptional setting (a lake surrounded by lush green mountains), picturesque historic center (including the famous wooden bridge) and top-quality gastronomy and hotels make a stay in Lucerne unforgettable. Lucerne is also a musical paradise, with its famous August Festival. The KKL hall alone is marvellous, with its acoustics and ideal location near the lake, but above all because Lucerne knows how to welcome and retain the world’s greatest musicians.

     

    We invite you to enjoy this idyllic city during the day, and in the evening to attend concerts by such prestigious orchestras as the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam (two of the world’s finest orchestras!). As for the soloists, there will be plenty to marvel at, with recitals by such admirable musicians as Lisa Batiashvili or the new cello darling, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

    Luxury, calm and pleasure in Lucerne...
    The program
    Lisa Batiashvili & Fellows
    August 26, 2024
    The 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    August 27, 2024
    The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra | Kirill Petrenko
    August 28, 2024
    The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra | Kirill Petrenko
    August 29, 2024
    The Royal Concert | Concertgebouw d’Amsterdam
    August 30, 2024
    Recital | S. Kanneh-Mason & H. Baker
    August 31, 2024
    WEDNESDAY 28TH AUGUST – LUCERNE

    7:30 p.m., KKL Luzern, Concert Hall :

     

    THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA | K. PETRENKO

     

    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    Kirill Petrenko : Music Director

    A. Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, WAB 105

     

    In 2016, Kirill Petrenko became the new Music Director of the Berlin Philharmonic. It was a huge challenge for the Russian-Austrian conductor to succeed the likes of Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado and Herbert Karajan. After several seasons, Petrenko has shown himself to be a conductor resolutely up to the challenge: the Berlin ensemble remains one of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, and its concerts are a worldwide sensation. The Berliner Philharmoniker are never more impressive than in large-scale Germanic works, such as Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5, the first great peak of its composer, who referred to his work as “a masterpiece of counterpoint” because of the influence Bach had on him at the time.

    THURSDAY 29TH AUGUST – LUCERNE

    7:30 p.m., KKL Luzern, Concert Hall :

     

    THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA | K. PETRENKO

     

    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    Kirill Petrenko : Music Director

    B. Smetana : Má Vlast (Ma Patrie)

     

    Má Vlast (My Homeland) is a jewel of the Romantic repertoire. In this immense work, Smetana wished to celebrate the landscapes and legends of his homeland. A masterpiece within a masterpiece, La Moldau is a veritable “sound film” tracing the course of the Vlatva (Moldau in Czech) from its source to its solemn entry into the capital. The opening bars are unforgettable: two springs, the first on flute, the second on clarinet, join together, while the strings soon depict the river’s flow. But this illustrious page is not the only jewel in the cycle: Vyšehrad depicts the castle overlooking the Moldau, where the legendary founder of Prague reigned, and Par les prés et les bois de Bohème is a hymn to the gentleness of the Bohemian companion. The Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Kirill Petrenko, will provide the eloquence and irresistible suggestive power.

    FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST – LUCERNE

    À 19h30, au KKL Luzern, Concert Hall :

     

    THE ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW ORCHESTRA | M.-W. CHUNG | A. SCHIFF

     

    Orchestre Royal du Concertgebouw d’Amsterdam

    Myung-Whun Chung : Direction musicale

    András Schiff : Piano

    – C. M. von Weber : Ouverture Der Freischütz,
    Op. 77

    – L. van Beethoven : Concerto pour piano n°4 en sol majeur, Op. 58

    – G. Fauré : Pelléas et Mélisande, suite, Op. 80

    – M. Ravel : Suite n°2 de Daphnis et Chloé

     

     

    S’il est un orchestre légendaire (avec celui du Philharmonique de Berlin, entendu la veille !), c’est bien l’Orchestre Royal du Concertgebouw d’Amsterdam. Immense chef (qu’on connaît bien à Paris car il a dirigé durant de nombreuses années le Philharmonique de Radio France), Myung-Whun nous présente un délicieux programme franco-germanique. Aux chatoiements luxuriants de Daphnis et Chloé répondront l’admirable et si poétique Concerto n°4 de Beethoven, sous les doigts du maestro hongrois András Schiff. L’orchestre néerlandais est légendaire pour sa sonorité de velours et la beauté de ses interventions solistes.

    SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST – LUCERNE

    4pm, Lukaskirche, Kirchensaal:

     

    RECITAL S. KANNEH-MASON & H. BAKER

     

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason : Cello

    Harry Baker : Piano

    – « Bach & Beyond » : works by J.S Bach alternating with works by L. La Havas, L. Janáček, B. Evans, P. Metheny, L. Mvula, H. Villa-Lobos, and S. Kanneh-Mason

     

     

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the world’s new cello star. At the age of 20, he was already a Member of the Order of the British Empire, and now, at the age of 24, his extraordinary talent has conquered the world’s greatest stages. His father is Caribbean from the island of Antigua, his mother is Sierra Leonean; he has six brothers and sisters, and he often plays in concert with his older sister Isata, who is a pianist. But if his career path is original and his personality magnetic, it’s above all because of the magnificent sounds he draws from his Goffriller that Sheku Kanneh-Mason has made his mark. An immense musician, he joins pianist Harry Baker for this eclectic program. Kanneh-Mason is a formidable cellist of our time.

    Hotel selection
    SCHWEIZERHOF (*****)

    The Schweizerhof (*****) is a luxury hotel ideally located on the lakefront, just a stone’s throw from the Old Town and a few minutes’ walk from the Konzertsaal. The rooms we have selected overlook Lake Lucerne.

    MANDARIN ORIENTAL PALACE (*****)

    This historic palace, formerly known as the Belle Epoque, embodies the pinnacle of luxury and refinement.  It boasts breathtaking views of the lake and the Swiss Alps, a spa, a bar and four gourmet restaurants.

    Prices
    Price per person

    STAY FROM AUGUST 26 TO 30, 2024 – 4 NIGHTS

    Schweizerhof:

    Package in double room Deluxe lake view: €3,880

    Package in single room Style lake view: €5,654

     

    The price of this stay includes: accommodation with breakfast for 4 nights – tourist tax – category I show tickets for 4 performances – repatriation assistance.

     

    This price does not include: extras – transport – airport transfers.

     

     

    STAY FROM AUGUST 26 TO SEPTEMBER 1, 2024 – 6 NIGHTS

     

    Mandarin Oriental Lucerne:

    Lake view Superior double room package: €7,260

    Single room Superior lake view package: €11,800

     

    The price of this stay includes: accommodation with breakfast for 6 nights – tourist tax – category I show tickets for 6 performances – repatriation assistance.

     

    This price does not include: extras – transportation – airport transfers.

     

     

    Individual stay.

    Transport and airport transfers on request.

     

    Shorter programs on request.

     

     

    Program and prices are subject to change by the festival or by government decision, due to possible health constraints.

    Information about this trip
    In charge of the destination
    Pauline Heckly
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    +33 1 43 59 20 33
    +33 7 49 77 39 65
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