In his second consecutive year at the head the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly conducts a program of fantastical music by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.
Although they have little in common otherwise, both Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream Concert Overture and Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony are rooted in great literary legends. Inspired by Lord Byron's lyric poem, Tchaikovsky's Symphony is somber, icy, and tragic, following the course of Byron's anti-hero: racked by guilt after killing his love, Manfred wanders the Alps until he gives himself up to death. Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream appears all the more luminous in contrast, as light and mischievous as the playful fairies of Shakespeare's comedy.
Photo: Riccardo Chailly © Luca Piva
Lucerne Festival 2009
2004 Lucerne Festival Opening Concert