Photo: Reiner Pfisterer
Hazard Chase takes Wolfram Christ and the English Chamber Orchestra to Switzerland this month to perform at the prestigious Lucerne Festival on 9th September. Taking place at the iconic KKL Luzern their concert perfectly captures the festival’s 2018 motto Childhood by including early strokes of genius by Mozart, such as his first symphony and Cassation K63 as well as by Prokofiev, including his Symphony No. 1, Classical Symphony. The performance culminates in Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, which is here narrated from the perspective of a child, thirteen-year-old Swiss actress Anuk Steffen.
Wolfram Christ is a frequent visitor to Lucerne and the Festival, having been Principal Violist of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since its inception in 2003, at the invitation of Claudio Abbado. Coming from the heart of the great German orchestral tradition, Christ epitomises sincerity and musical integrity, and is praised for his exhilarating and sensitive interpretations on the podium. Former Principal Conductor of Kurpfalz Orchestra Mannheim and First Guest Conductor of Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, his release of C.P.E. Bach’s Hamburg Symphonies with Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra on the hänssler Classic label is widely regarded as the finest performance of these works.
Further details about the Lucerne Festival performance can be found HERE.