Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Herbert Blomstedt Conductor
Christian Gerhaher Baritone
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Gustav Mahler

  • »Rückert-Lieder«

Anton Bruckner

  • Symphonie Nr. 6 A-Dur WAB 106

Peer not into my songs!

Mahler enthusiastically described the work of Friedrich Rückert as “poetry of the highest order”. The composer’s five settings of poems by Rückert appeal to us directly through their restrained beauty and intimate simplicity. Here Mahler’s collection of songs is combined with Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony, once called “brash” by its creator. The listener is swept off their feet, particularly in the Scherzo. Contrasting sections in the finale lead to a magnificent conclusion, celebrating the joy of homecoming.

  • 01.09.2019
    20:00 Uhr
    Ticket price:
    16.00 €

Herbert Blomstedt

Conductor Laureate

The close relationship between Herbert Blomstedt and the Staatskapelle Dresden stretches back more than 40 years. Following his debut with the orchestra in April 1969, he held the post of Principal Conductor from 1975 to 1985, a decade that is not only unforgettable musically, but which was also marked by difficult political conditions. In purely human terms, this was certainly a special chapter in the ensemble’s long history. Alongside the »local heroes« Wagner and Strauss, Herbert Blomstedt performed a wide repertoire during his time in Dresden, stretching from the Kapelle’s Baroque heritage to numerous world and German premieres. He recorded a vast number of works with the orchestra, and in 1985 conducted the first Staatskapelle concert in the newly rebuilt Semperoper. To the present day he has given more than 300 concerts with the Kapelle, including no fewer than ten appearances at the traditional Palm Sunday Concert, and has conducted a number of opera productions, formerly in the Dresden State Theatre. In 2007 the Staatskapelle awarded him its Golden Badge of Honour. In May 2016 he was named the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate, making him the second conductor after Sir Colin Davis to hold this post. 

Born in the USA to Swedish parents, Herbert Blomstedt gave his conducting debut in 1954 with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Later he conducted the Oslo Philharmonic as well as the Danish and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras in Copenhagen and Stockholm respectively. He has been Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Principal Conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg and the 18th Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

He is the Conductor Laureate of the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Leipzig, Copenhagen and Stockholm, the Bamberg Symphony and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. As a guest conductor, Herbert Blomstedt works with the world’s top orchestras. In 2011 he enjoyed a late debut with the Vienna Philharmonic, paving the way for a series of collaborations with that ensemble. He is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Music Academy, holds a number of honorary doctorates and in 2003 was awarded the Order of Merit (Großes Verdienstkreuz) of the Federal Republic of Germany. In April 2016 he received the prestigious Danish Léonie Sonning Music Prize for his artistic lifework.

Christian Gerhaher


During his studies under Paul Kuen and Raimund Grumbach, German baritone Christian Gerhaher attended the Opera School of the Academy of Music in Munich and studied lied interpretation with Friedemann Berger. While completing his medical studies Christian Gerhaher perfected his vocal training in master-classes given by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Inge Borkh. Christian Gerhaher’s exemplary lied interpretations with his piano partner Gerold Huber set standards – their recordings have repeatedly won prizes. Christian Gerhaher performs together with conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Simon Rattle, Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, 

Mariss Jansons, Daniel Harding, Bernard Haitink and Christian Thielemann in the world’s major concert halls. Gerhaher’s intensive preoccupation with the music of Gustav Mahler brought him together with Riccardo Chailly, Gustavo Dudamel and Pierre Boulez. Major orchestras which regularly invite Christian Gerhaher to perform include the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 

Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Music Director: Claudio Abbado

Founded in Vienna in 1986 on the initiative of Claudio Abbado, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester is the ideal place for Europe’s budding orchestral musicians to forge their talents. In its early years the ensemble’s primary concern was to bring together young musicians from Austria, the former Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Since 1992, however, the round of auditions has been expanded to include all European countries. Many great conductors and soloists have collaborated with these highly gifted youngsters of diverse nationalities over the past 25 years, while the orchestra is frequently invited to perform at prestigious concert venues and the world’s leading music festivals. Countless young musicians have successfully made the transition from the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester to Europe’s top orchestras. As you would expect, the Staatskapelle has more

than a few former GMJO players in its ranks. The GMJO and the Staatskapelle are also bound by a strong partnership: Since 2008 the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester has kicked off the new Kapelle concert season, while also performing as a guest ensemble under such star conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Colin Davis and Daniele Gatti. In the autumn of 2012 the GMJO and the Staatskapelle gave their first joint concert in Dresden’s Frauenkirche under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski, marking an intensification of cooperation. The aim is to give the young instrumentalists the opportunity to benefit directly from their older colleagues’ wealth of experience. The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester enjoys the patronage of the European Council and has been appointed »Ambassador UNICEF Austria«.