Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhauskapellmeister; Lynn Harrell, cello
As part of the International Orchestras Series in The International Concert Series 2012/2013
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 126
Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is the oldest civic concert orchestra in the world. The orchestra had its origins in the concert society called the "Grand Concert" founded by 16 merchants in 1743. Following its move into the meeting house of the cloth merchants (the "Gewandhaus") in 1781, the ensemble was named the "Gewandhaus Orchestra." Few other orchestras have contributed as much to the development of the symphonic musical tradition as the Gewandhaus Orchestra. For example, it performed all of Beethoven's symphonies during the composer's lifetime.
The orchestra boasts an exceptionally wide repertoire and an unusually large number of performances. With more than 200 performances in these three venues and on tour, the Gewandhaus Orchestra is the musical heart of the City of Leipzig and its most important musical ambassador.
Riccardo Chailly devotes himself to both concert and operatic repertoire. The native of Milan has conducted the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic to name but a few, and has appeared at the most important opera houses throughout the world: Milan's La Scala (where he made his debut in 1978), the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and appeared as guest conductor at Salzburg's Easter Festival and at the Lucerne Festival.
Riccardo Chailly’s first artistic encounter with the Gewandhaus Orchestra took place at the Salzburg Festival in 1986. He took up his position as Music Director of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in September 2005. In 2010 Chailly recieved the Alexander von Zemlinsky Award and the Orphée d´Or „Prix H. von Karajan".
Lynn Harrell is a frequent guest of many leading orchestras including Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, and the National Symphony. In Europe he partners with the orchestras of London, Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Tonhalle, and Israel. He has also toured extensively to Australia and New Zealand as well as Asia, including Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
In recent seasons Mr. Harrell has particularly enjoyed collaborating with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianist, André Previn. In January 2004 the trio appeared with the New York Philharmonic performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Maestro Masur conducting. An important part of Lynn Harrell’s life is participation in summer music festivals, which include appearances at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Aspen and Grand Tetons festivals, and Tanglewood.
Presented by The National Concert Hall