Lausanne Chamber Orchestra – Christian Zacharias, Soloist And Conductor – RSR – January 25, 2011 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
Music of Beethoven this week – performed and conducted by the brilliant Christian Zacharias and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, recorded live at the Salle Métropole, Lausanne on January 25, 2011 and preserved by RSR in Switzerland.
Overture to Coriolan begins the concert followed by Piano Concerto Number 3 and concluding with ballet music from Creatures Of Prometheus.
Zacharias‘ longtime musical partners include the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Konzerthausorchester and the Bamberger Symphoniker. He’s also developed a special love of opera and has directed productions of Mozart’s La Clemenza the Tito and The Marriage of Figaro, as well as Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène. The production of Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, which he conducted at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, was awarded the „Prix de l’Europe Francophone“ 2014 by the Association Professionnelle de la Critique Théâtre, Musique et Danse in Paris.
Since 1990, various films have also been produced featuring Christian Zacharias: „Domenico Scarlatti in Seville“, „Robert Schumann – the Poet Speaks“ (both for INA, Paris), „Zwischen Bühne and Künstlerzimmer“ (for WDR-arte), „De B comme Beethoven à Z comme Zacharias „(for RTS, Switzerland) as well as the complete Beethoven piano concertos (for SSR-arte).
His piano lectures on topics such as „Why does Schubert sound like Schubert?“ or „Haydn: A Creation from Nothing?“ offer his audiences impressive insights.
The musical work of Christian Zacharias has been honored many times, for example with the Midem Classical Award „Artist of the Year“ 2007, the honorable award „Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres“ of the French state and a tribute from Romania for his services to culture. In addition, Christian Zacharias was appointed a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2016, and in 2017 received an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenburg.
Numerous internationally acclaimed recordings were made during his time as Principal Conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Particularly noteworthy are the recordings of the complete Mozart piano concertos – awarded the Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique and ECHO Klassik – as well as the complete Schumann symphonies.
Since 2015, Christian Zacharias is chairman of the jury of the Clara Haskil Competition, and in 2018 president of the jury of the Geza Anda Competition where he also conducted the final concert of the season.
Enjoy the show.