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11 May 2023

Mozart Everywhere

by Anne Payot-Le Nabour

«What fascinates me is the connection between singing and speaking, which also seems to me particularly important in piano playing. And with Mozart it is literally vital. Mozart, after all, was the great opera composer, but there is also a pronounced singing quality in his instrumental works,» the pianist Alfred Brendel writes in his book Me of All People. Complementing a performance of the opera La clemenza di Tito by the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg at the Grand Théâtre in September, this instrumental side of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s incomparable «cantabile» will be highlighted this season at the Philharmonie. Among the programmes presented by the pianist Kit Armstrong – a student of Alfred Brendel, incidentally – two evenings will be dedicated to the genius from Salzburg: one with orchestral accompaniment, the other featuring chamber works, for which he collaborates with talented members of the world’s leading orchestras, for example Noah Bendix-Balgley, the concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic.

This Mozart season at the Philharmonie also includes two key figures of Mozart interpretation at the piano: Grigory Sokolov gives a piano recital in December, and Maria João Pires performs the august Piano Concerto No. 21 K. 467. Les Siècles and its music director François-Xavier Roth will juxtapose the composer with one of his 20th-century colleagues, György Ligeti, whose opera Le Grand Macabre seems to have been inspired by his famous senior colleague.

Nor will choral music get short shrift, as the Requiem is performed by the Collegium Vocale Ghent under the expert baton of Philippe Herreweghe. The opulent Vesperae sollennes de confessore, will be conducted by William Christie, an expert in historically informed performance practice who returns to direct the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.

Unlike Franz Liszt, who gave one of his last concerts here, Mozart never visited Luxembourg, despite his extensive journeys – but his music will have a stronger presence than usual during the 2023/24 season.


  • 18.09.2023 19:30, Philharmonic Perspectives

    «Les Siècles: de Mozart à Ligeti»

    None There is a résonances event linked to this concert Has already taken place

    Les Siècles
    François-Xavier Roth direction
    Isabelle Faust violon
    Alexander Melnikov piano

    Concert followed by a musical surprise with Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov


    «Every time we’ve tackled a work with Les Siècles, we’ve had the feeling of being restorers, rediscovering colour under layers and layers of varnish,» music director François-Xavier Roth explains to the online media Wanderer. A particularly bright palette of colours awaits the audience on 18.09., as the conductor followed his usual flair in concocting a multifaceted programme: György Ligeti will meet Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the concert will conclude with an exciting musical surprise. All this using period instruments and featuring the violinist Isabelle Faust in the Hungarian composer’s Violin Concerto and the pianist Alexander Melnikov in Mozart’s Piano Concerto N° 23. Before the concert, the conductor will join us for an Artist talk in French at 18:45 at the Grand Auditorium.

  • 21.09.2023 19:30, Les Classiques

    Leopold Hager

    Has already taken place

    Luxembourg Philharmonic
    Leopold Hager direction

    An encounter between giants and generations: that’s the promise of this all-symphonic evening at the Philharmonie. And we’re not just talking about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert headlining the programme… The Austrian maestro Leopold Hager directed our very own Luxembourg Philharmonic for 15 years, back when it was still called the Orchestre Symphonique de Radio-Télé-Luxembourg. 43 years later and at the venerable age of 87, he returns for a moving reunion in the Grand Duchy. The musicians in the orchestra and faces in the audience may be new, but the emotion will be the same when he conducts two favourites of the classical repertoire.

    Ce concert sera enregistré par radio 100,7 et retransmis en direct.

  • 24.09.2023 11:00, Concerts-apéritif


    Has already taken place

    Trio Louvigny
    Fabian Perdichizzi violon
    Ilan Schneider alto
    Ilia Laporev violoncelle

    Organisé par les Frënn vun de Lëtzebuerger Philharmoniker

  • 24.10.2023 12:30, Midis baroques

    «Mozart à quatre mains»

    Has already taken place

    Benoît Hartoin clavecin
    Anne-Catherine Bucher clavecin, parole

    En français

    Ce programme autour des sonates à quatre mains de Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, qui constituent les premiers chefs-d’œuvre du genre, rassemble des pièces de jeunesse composées pour le duo que Wolfgang formait avec sa sœur Nannerl, et des œuvres de la maturité, monuments à l’écriture proprement symphonique, très influencées par la musique italienne. S’il est certain que la Sonate en ré majeur a été conçue pour le clavecin, dans le cadre intime de l’exécution familiale, comme on le voit sur le tableau de Della Croce (1780), la grande Sonate en fa majeur a été probablement pensée pour le pianoforte. Toutefois, loin de trahir l’esprit de ces compositions grandioses, l’usage du clavecin en souligne la construction à la manière d’un finale d’opera buffa italien.

    Restauration disponible sur place

  • 24.10.2023 19:30, Rising stars

    «Rising star: Sonoro Quartet»

    Has already taken place

    Sonoro Quartet
    Sarah Jégou-Sageman, Jeroen De Beer violon
    Séamus Hickey alto
    Léo Guiguen violoncelle

    «Rising stars» – ECHO European Concert Hall Organisation
    Nominé par BOZAR Bruxelles
    Avec le soutien du Programme Culture de l'Union Européenne

  • 24.10.2023 20:00, Grand Théâtre

    «Mozart: La clemenza di Tito»

    OPL concert Has already taken place

    Luxembourg Philharmonic
    Chœur Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
    Fabio Biondi direction
    Jeremy Ovenden Tito
    Anna Malesza-Kutny Vitellia

    En italien, avec surtitres en français et allemand

    En coproduction avec le Grand Théâtre de Genève, les Wiener Festwochen et l'Opera Ballet Vlaanderen

  • 26.10.2023 20:00, Grand Théâtre

    «Mozart: La clemenza di Tito»

    OPL concert Has already taken place

    Luxembourg Philharmonic
    Chœur Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
    Fabio Biondi direction
    Jeremy Ovenden Tito
    Anna Malesza-Kutny Vitellia

    En italien, avec surtitres en français et allemand

    En coproduction avec le Grand Théâtre de Genève, les Wiener Festwochen et l'Opera Ballet Vlaanderen

  • 25.11.2023 19:30, Les Classiques

    Philippe Herreweghe

    None There is a résonances event linked to this concert Has already taken place

    Orchestre des Champs-Élysées
    Collegium Vocale Gent
    Philippe Herreweghe direction
    Mari Eriksmoen soprano
    Eva Zaïcik mezzo-soprano
    Ilker Arcayürek ténor
    Samuel Hasselhorn baryton

  • 01.12.2023 19:30, Luxembourg Philharmonic Academy

    «The Luxembourg Philharmonic Academy by Aureus Ars & Scientia»

    Has already taken place

    Arthur Stockel clarinette
    Membres de la Luxembourg Philharmonic Academy
    Yun-Yun Chiang, Yu Kai Sun, Phoebe Rousochatzaki, Clara Szu-Yu Lin violon
    Javier Martin de la Torre, Julia Vicic alto
    Caroline Dauchy, Carol Salgado violoncelle

    The members of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Academy, frequent participants in the performances of the Luxembourg Philharmonic, also give chamber music concerts at regular intervals. 01.12. brings an opportunity to get to know the new academicians, who started with the 2023/24 season, in a programme which will culminate with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. This was written for the clarinettist Anton Stadler, a close friend of Mozart’s. On 01.12., Arthur Stockel, principal clarinet of the Luxembourg Philharmonic, will play the demanding solo part.

    Les bénéfices de ce concert seront intégralement reversés à la Luxembourg Philharmonic Academy.

  • 10.12.2023 19:30, Piano

    «Grigory Sokolov plays Bach and Mozart»

    Concert postponed!

    Grigory Sokolov piano

    NOTE: We are delighted to inform you that Mr. Sokolov is making a swift recovery and has just confirmed that he will be able to perform on our stage this coming Monday! The tickets you purchased for 10.12.2023 remain valid for this new date.

    Please note that unfortunately, the «résonance» event scheduled for 10.12.2023 cannot take place on 18.12.2023. We look forward to welcoming you at the start of the concert at 7:30 pm at the Grand Auditorium on 18.12.2023.

    The Philharmonie’s Information & Billetterie is at your disposal for any further information you may require, Mondays to Fridays from 10:00 to 18:30.

  • 06.01.2024 19:30, Fest- & Bienfaisance-Concerten


    Has already taken place

    Luxembourg Philharmonic
    Renaud Capuçon direction, violon

    Greet 2024 in style with a concert of classical favourites. Items on the programme include Mozart’s invigorating overture to the opera Le nozze di Figaro, exuberant Central European dances by Brahms and Dvořák, romantic numbers by Elgar and Fritz Kreisler, and Johann Strauss’s irresistibly playful Tritsch-Tratsch Polka. Plus: star violinist Renaud Capuçon conducts the Luxembourg Philharmonic whilst also appears as soloist! Expect flair and fun on this memorable evening.

    Concert placé sous le haut patronage de Son Altesse Royale le Grand-Duc

  • 08.02.2024 19:30, Luxembourg Philharmonic

    William Christie

    Has already taken place

    Luxembourg Philharmonic
    Les Arts Florissants
    William Christie direction
    Julia Wischniewski soprano
    Mélodie Ruvio alto

    Outside, Carnival may have been unleashed, but at the Philharmonie, the devotional atmosphere of Passiontide, which begins the following week, gets a preview. On 08.02., William Christie, one of the high priests of his profession and Artist in residence this season, conducts Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s majestic Vesperae solennes de confessore. After-wards, Christie leads the Luxembourg Philharmonic in the rarely-heard oratorio version of Joseph Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross, anticipating Holy Week, the high point of Passiontide.

  • 10.03.2024 11:00, Concerts-apéritif

    «Mozart & Brahms: Streichquintette»

    Semion Gavrikov, Nelly Guignard violon
    Maya Tal, Grigory Maximenko alto
    Niall Brown violoncelle

    Two of the greatest of all string quintets in one concert! Mozart’s Quintet in G minor is one of his tragic masterpieces, with a slow movement so beautiful that it moved the composer Tchaikovsky to tears. Brahms’s String Quintet N° 2 is contrastingly exuberant – albeit with gentle episodes – and culminates in a spirited and folklike finale. After the concert, audience members will have a chance to meet the musicians – members of the Luxembourg Philharmonic over a drink.

    Organisé par les Frënn vun de Lëtzebuerger Philharmoniker

  • 13.03.2024 19:30, Solistes étoiles

    «Beethoven & Zarathustra»

    Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Daniel Harding direction
    Alexandre Kantorow piano

    The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding give a concert certainly epic in its scope. Internationally-acclaimed pianist Alexandre Kantorow returns to the Philharmonie to perform one of Beethoven’s most virtuosic concertos, and orchestral soloists get a chance to shine in Strauss’s monumental tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra, which was inspired by Nietzsche. The programme also includes a tribute to the orchestra’s homeland: Hugo Alfvén’s emotionally-charged En skärgårdssägen.

  • 18.04.2024 19:30, Musique de chambre

    «Kit Armstrong plays Mozart 1»

    Schumann Quartett
    Erik Schumann, Ken Schumann violon
    Veit Hertenstein alto
    Mark Schumann violoncelle
    Céline Moinet hautbois

    «The greatest composer known to me by person and repute». This was how Joseph Haydn described Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Kit Armstrong leads a group of remarkable musicians in two events celebrating Mozart’s genius. Highlights of the intimate first concert include the sparkling Piano Quartet in G minor and the beautiful Quintet for Piano and Winds, one of the composer’s own favourites among his pieces.

  • 23.04.2024 19:30, Les Classiques

    «Kit Armstrong plays Mozart 2»

    None There is a résonances event linked to this concert

    Noah Bendix-Balgley violon
    Amihai Grosz alto
    Kit Armstrong piano
    NN ensemble

    Do you want to get to know Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart up close? Two of his greatest piano concertos are at the heart of this second concert curated by Mozart expert Kit Armstrong. The Concerto N° 23 in A major is notable for its elegance and tunefulness while the Concerto N° 24 in C minor is contrastingly dark and dramatic. The programme also features the lovely Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola – one of Mozart’s key Salzburg compositions – and the noble Masonic Funeral Music.