Lucerne Festival Opens with Special Performance by Claudio Abbado and Cecilia Bartoli

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The 2006 Lucerne Festival opens tonight with Claudio Abbado leading the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No. 6 and Mozart arias, with Cecilia Bartoli as soloist.

The theme of the festival is language. Key works in the "language" cycle include Mahler's Symphony No. 8; a concert version of Verdi's Falstaff; Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder, Erwartung and Survivors From Warsaw; Weill's Berlin Requiem; and songs and arias by Schubert and Mozart. Soloists include Matthias Goerne, Cecilia Bartoli and Thomas Quasthoff.

To contribute to the Mozart festivities, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis will play all of the composer's sonatas for piano and violin.

Five orchestras-in-residence — the Philadelphia Orchestra with Christoph Eschenbach; the Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-M‹st; the Vienna Philharmonic with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Valery Gergiev and HK Gruber; the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Mariss Jansons; and the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas — will play three concerts each.

The festival will present sixteen world-premiere performances, including works by Klaus Huber, Heinz Holliger and Hanspeter Kyburz.

Michael Haefliger is executive and artistic director of the festival, which runs through September 17.


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