Schumann Cycle 1

Schumann Cycle 1
© Marco Borggreve
Weber | Schumann
The dawn of a new era: this evening Michael Sanderling launches his tenure as the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra’s new Principal Conductor. And what’s more, he will present two milestones in the major Schumann cycle, in which Lucerne Festival is tracing the composer’s last 15 years, from his happiest period to his tragic end in a mental hospital. Sanderling devotes himself to the Fourth, which spans an entire decade in Schumann’s life. The original version was written as early as 1841, but ten years later Schumann revised the work and changed the orchestration, making it darker and heavier. The Cello Concerto, for which Sanderling (himself originally a cellist) has engaged the British virtuoso and Schumann expert Steven Isserlis, also dates from this late phase, in which posterity has sought to identify traces of mental disintegration. But Isserlis rejects any suspicion of that: “Anyone who believes that Schumann’s works are products of madness is mistaken. He did not compose at all during phases of depression.”

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Sunday, 22. August 2021 19:30
KKL Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
6005 Luzern
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Lucerne Festival
Hirschmattstrasse 13
6003 Luzern
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KKL Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
6005 Luzern