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Sunday, April 26 2015


Andris Nelsons conducted the Berlin Philharmonic in a magnificent performance of Mahler's 5th symphony. Now we are looking forward to Lucerne.

Thursday, April 16 2015


The BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015 were announced recently. In the category “Orchestral” works the winner is the recording of Anton Bruckner’s 9th symphony by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado.

Monday, October 27 2014


The LUCERNE FESTIVAL published the programme of the Lucerne Festival Easter and Summer. 

The Lucerne Festival Orchestra will open the Lucerne Festival Summer with two programmes and two different conductors

- The great Bernard HAITINK who often replaced Claudio Abbado when he was ill will conducts the first programme on  14th and 15th August 2015:

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Symphony fis-Moll Hob. I:45 Abschiedssinfonie (Farewell Symphony)

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Symphony n 4 in in G major
Soloist, Anna Lucia Richter, soprano

Andris NELSONS, who conducted the LFO during the Festival 2014 will conduct the second programme on 19th and 20th August:

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Lieder from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Soloist: Matthias Goerne, Bariton
Symphony n 5 in C sharp minor

Monday, August 25 2014


One year ago, on 26th August 2013, Claudio Abbado gave his last concert (Schubert Unfinished and Bruckner Symphony no. 9), the last concert of his career, at Lucerne Festival...

Sunday, June 29 2014


The Franco-German channel ARTE dedicates two transmissions to Claudio ABBADO on June 29th: 


- 5.45PM: Transmission of the tribute concert of 6th April 2014 in Lucerne with the LFO, Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Faust, Andris Nelsons.

- 11:25PM (on ARTE France) & 10:55 (on ARTE Germany): Transmission of the concert of 16th August 2013, last videoregistrated concert of Abbado (Beethoven Eroica), directed by Claudio Abbado in Lucerne with the LFO.

Tuesday, April 8 2014


You can see the streaming of the MEMORIAL CONCERT FOR CLAUDIO ABBADO on the URL:



The concert on April 6 in Lucerne dedicated to Claudio Abbado with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra has been for many of us one of the most harrowing of our life. You can read the report (in French) in Le Blog du Wanderer.

Thursday, April 3 2014


Whoever doesn’t have a ticket for the memorial concert in honor of Claudio Abbado on 6 April can still listen live: it’s being streamed on our own homepage. On 10 April at 8 pm the concert can again be heard in a rebroadcast on SRF 2 Kultur.

Tuesday, February 25 2014

Memorial Concert for Claudio Abbado to be held during LUCERNE FESTIVAL at Easter – the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA will perform in memory o f its late founder and artistic director

On Sunday, 6 April 2014, LUCERNE FESTIVAL will give a special memorial concert for Claudio Abbado, the founder and artistic director of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. Abbado died on 20 January 2014. This “orchestra of friends,” as Claudio Abbado affectionately called his orchestra, convened inLucerne every year to participate in the Summer Festival’s opening week. To honor its late artistic director, these musicians will now gather together for LUCERNE FESTIVAL at Easter for a uniquememorial concert dedicated to Claudio Abbado. The concert will be led by Andris Nelsons, who will also conduct the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’s four concerts in the summer of 2014. As a deeply personal dedication to Claudio Abbado, the musicians of the LUCERNE FESTIVALORCHESTRA will perform the first movement from Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 7 (Unfinished)without a conductor. It was this symphony that Claudio Abbado conducted in Lucerne during hisunforgettable final concert on 26 August 2013. On 6April Isabelle Faust will perform the solo part in Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto (which the composer dedicated “to the memory of an angel”).
The concert begins at 16.00.
The entire program is as follows:

Franz Schubert
from Symphony No. 7 in B minor, D. 759 Unfinished· Allegro moderato

Alban Berg
Violin Concerto (To the memory of an angel)

Gustav Mahler
from Symphony No. 3 in D minor· Finale: Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden

Saturday, February 15 2014

In place of the late Claudio Abbado, ANDRIS NELSONS will conduct the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA during LUCERNE FESTIVAL in Summer 2014

Andris Nelsons ©Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival

Andris Nelsons ©Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival

Lucerne, 14 February 2014. Andris Nelsons will conduct the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’s concerts during the 2014 Summer Festival. Two different programs will be performed, each featuring works by Johannes Brahms. Claudio Abbado himself had planned these programs for the summer. “We are extremely pleased to be able to have Andris Nelsons, one of the leading conductors of our time, agree to take on these LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA concerts,” says Michael Haefliger, Executive and Artistic Director of LUCERNE FESTIVAL. “We are furthermore happy that we are able to present these two Brahms programs originally conceived by Claudio Abbado. In this way, the memory of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’s founder remains alive in the Festival’s artistic program- ming as well.” For the opening concert on 15 August as well as the concert on 16 August, the works to be performed include the Serenade No. 2 in A major, the Rhapsody for Alto, Male Chorus, and Or- chestra, with Sara Mingardo as the soloist, and the Symphony No. 2 in D major. The program for

22 and 24 August consists of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, featuring Maurizio Pollini, as well as the Symphony No. 3 in F major. 

Wednesday, September 11 2013

Concerts in Japan cancelled

Lucerne Festival has announced that the autumn tour of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra to Japan is cancelled. Claudio Abbado's health does not permit him to travel so far.

The press release of Lucerne Festival:

Lucerne, 11 September 2013. On the recommendation of his doctors, Claudio Abbado has been compelled on short notice to cancel his plans to conduct the four concerts with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA in Suntory Hall in Tokyo on 15, 17, 20, and 21 October 2013 as well as the concert in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ARK NOVA on 12 October 2013. Please find his personal statement below. The four concerts in Suntory Hall will not take place. The new program and the musicians for the concert in LUCERNE FESTIVAL ARK NOVA on 12 October will be published at a later time. The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ARK NOVA in Matsushima will be opened on 27 September.

''My dear friends,

We have many unforgettable memories in our hearts from our last project in 2006, and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and I were greatly looking forward to visiting Japan again. I myself was excited by the prospect of being able to share time with Japanese music lovers this coming October. However, I deeply regret that we have no choice but to cancel all our concerts in Tokyo due to reasons of my health. I ask for your kind understanding.

Claudio Abbado''

Thursday, August 29 2013

The Abbadiani Itineranti on ARTE TV channel

On Sunday 25th August 2013 the television channel ARTE celebrated the 75th birthday of the Lucerne Festival with a special programme. Included in this was an item on the Abbadiani Itineranti lasting approx. ten minutes. You can see this programme if you follow the link: Lucerne 75 years (page in French) or Lucerne 75 Jahre (page in German). The extract concerning the Abbadiani is at about 1.04 hours into the programme. Attention: this link expires after a week.

Saturday, August 17 2013

Reinhold Friedrich (trumpet solo of the LFO) awarded

The ECHO klassik Award 2013 (Deutscher Musikpreis) have been conferred this year in the category "Instrumentalists (Trumpet)" to Reinhold Friedrich, solo trumpet of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, for his CD of the Russian Trumpet concertos (with the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester and Christoph-Matthias Mueller) published by MDG. 

Tuesday, August 6 2013

Broadcast from Lucerne

The Swiss radio channel SRF2 will broadcast the opening concert of this year's Lucerne Festival on 16th August 2013 at 8.00 p.m., the Swiss television channel SRF1 will follow at 10.20 p.m.! The Lucerne Festival Orchestra will be conducted by Claudio Abbado.

Thursday, June 20 2013

New CD from Lucerne

Lucerne Festival has announced the publication of a new CD with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado. It is a recording from 2012 of Bruckner's 1st Symphony.

Saturday, June 1 2013

The LFO in Japan next autumn

Our Japanese friends inform us about the dates of the concerts of the LFO in Tokyo next October with Claudio Abbado as conductor:

October 15, 17

Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Schubert Sym. No. 8

Bruckner Sym. No. 9

The Suntory Hall, Tokyo


October 20, 21

Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Piano concert (to be announced)

Soloist: Radu Lupu

Beethoven Sym. No. 3 "Eroica"  

The Suntory Hall, Tokyo