WQXR travels to the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. Founded in 1938, this six-week event on the edge of Lake Lucerne attracts many top-name classical soloists and orchestras from around the world. Concerts take place in the KKL, a dramatic concert hall designed by Jean Nouvel that opened in 1998. The 2012 edition of the festival includes a special focus on the theme of faith, with music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Bruckner, Schoenberg and even Tibetan spiritual songs.
WQXR's Lucerne On Air-Schedule (Broadcasts begin at 8pm ET):
Monday, August 20: Hélène Grimaud Plays Brahms (Audio Archive)
Tuesday, August 21: Mahler Chamber Orchestra Plays Schubert and Schumann (Audio Archive)
Wednesday, August 22: Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
Thursday, August 23: Mozart Requiem and Beethoven Egmont
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
For WQXR's fourth and final broadcast from the Lucerne Festival, veteran conductor Claudio Abbado leads Beethoven’s incidental music to Egmont and Mozart’s Requiem.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
In the third of four concerts from the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra plays works by Wagner, Berg, Strauss and Ravel.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Daniel Harding leads the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a program of reflective works by Schubert and Schumann.
Monday, August 20, 2012
WQXR kicks off the first of four broadcasts from the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland with a concert pairing works by Wolfgang Rihm and Johannes Brahms.