10. Symphony Concert

Christian Thielemann Conductor
Denis Matsuev Piano

    Carl Maria von Weber

    • Overture to »Oberon«

    Franz Liszt

    • Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major

    Johannes Brahms

    • Symphony No. 4 in e minor, Opus 98

    The pinnacle of creativity

    Brahms was alluding to the austere character of his Fourth Symphony when he commented to friends that: »The cherries are hardly sweet here«. At the same time, there is no doubt that this work is one of the most significant and polished examples of the genre. The persistent, thirty-year-long sifting and reworking of material for Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto allowed the crystallization of intuition into music of pure concentration, similar to the enigmatic horn call at the opening of Weber’s »Oberon« Overture from 1825.

    Expected running time incl. intermission: 105 min.

    • 18.05.2018
      20:00 Uhr
      Semperoper
      Ausverkauft
    • 19.05.2018
      11:00 Uhr
      Semperoper
      Ausverkauft
    • 20.05.2018
      20:00 Uhr
      Semperoper
      Ausverkauft

    Christian Thielemann

    Principal Conductor

    The 2017 / 2018 season is Christian Thielemann’s sixth as Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden. Following engagements at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in Gelsenkirchen, Karlsruhe, Hanover and Dusseldorf, in 1988 he moved to Nuremberg to occupy the post of Generalmusikdirektor. In 1997 he returned to his hometown of Berlin to direct the Deutsche Oper until 2004, when he became Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic, a post he occupied until 2011. In addition to his current position in Dresden, Thielemann has been Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival since 2013, where the Staatskapelle is resident orchestra. 

    Christian Thielemann has contributed to the birthday celebrations for Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss with numerous Staatskapelle concerts in the Semperoper and on tour. His programmes have also featured a wide range of music from Bach to Henze, Rihm and Gubaidulina. He conducted new productions of »Manon Lescaut«, »Simon Boccanegra«, »Elektra« and »Der Freischütz« in Dresden as well as »Parsifal«, »Arabella«, »Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci«, »Otello« and »Die Walküre« in Salzburg. 

    Christian Thielemann maintains close ties to the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. Following his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 2000, he has returned every year to thrill audiences with benchmark interpretations. In 2010 he was appointed the festival’s Musical Advisor, and in June 2015 he became its Music Director. Much in demand as a versatile concert conductor, he has collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras in Amsterdam, London, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, and has also performed in Israel, Japan and China. 

    As a UNITEL exclusive artist, Christian Thielemann has a comprehensive catalogue of recordings. His most recent ventures have been the recordings of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies nos. 4 and 6, the complete cycle of the symphonies and solo concertos of Johannes Brahms as well as the operas »Der Freischütz«, »Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci« and »Elektra« for CD or DVD. Alongside the New Year’s Eve Concerts of 2010 to 2013, he has already released many CDs and DVDs with the Staatskapelle featuring symphonic works by Beethoven, Liszt, Bruckner, Reger, Pfitzner and Busoni. He has recorded all of Beethoven’s symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic. 

    Christian Thielemann is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and holds honorary doctorates from the Franz Liszt College of Music in Weimar and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In May 2015 he was awarded the Richard Wagner prize by the Richard Wagner Society of the city of Leipzig, followed by the prize of the Semperoper Trust in October 2016.

    Denis Matsuev

    Denis Matsuev’s triumph at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow thrust him into the limelight and established his position as an outstanding representative of the great Russian pianistic tradition. Invitations quickly poured in to perform with the world’s top orchestras. Today he regularly appears in concert with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra as well as the great American and Russian symphony orchestras. Matsuev has collaborated with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Mikhail Pletnev, Yuri Temirkanov, Zubin Mehta, Paavo Järvi, Antonio Pappano, Charles Dutoit and Myung-Whun Chung.

    In addition to his solo engagements, Denis Matsuev directs a number of festivals and is committed to fostering the next generation of musicians. In his position as Artistic Director of the »Crescendo« Festival, he has travelled to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Paris and New York. In 2010 he became Director of the  nnecy Music Festival, which aims to promote cultural exchange between France and Russia. And, as President of the »New Names« Foundation, he helps talented children in his homeland. To date, more than 10,000 young musicians have benefitted from the work of the Foundation.

    In February 2014 Matsuev performed at the closing festivities of the Olympic Games in Sochi, and in the same year was named a Goodwill Ambassador by UNESCO.