Symphony Concert N° 8

Christian Thielemann Conductor
Zoltán Mácsai Horn
Jochen Ubbelohde Horn
Julius Rönnebeck Horn
Miklós Takács Horn

Robert Schumann

  • Konzertstück F-Dur für vier Hörner und großes Orchester op. 86

Franz Schubert

  • Symphonie C-Dur D 944 »Große«

»Life in every fibre«

As part of our Schumann cycle, hornists of the Staatskapelle Dresden will play the composer’s Concert Piece for Four Horns, in which he brilliantly explores the full expressive range of the valve horn. It was Robert Schumann who found the Symphony in C major by Franz Schubert in the latter’s estate in Vienna. Entranced, he noted: »Here, alongside absolute mastery of the technique of composition, is life in every fibre, the finest shading of colour, meaning everywhere, an acute sense of detail, and all flooded with that spirit of Romanticism we find elsewhere in Schubert.« This is the first occasion that Principal Conductor Christian Thielemann will conduct a work by Franz Schubert with the Staatskapelle.


Expected concert duration including an interval: 100 minutes

A concert introduction is given 45 minutes before the start of the performance in the opera cellar.


  • 24.02.2019
    11:00 Uhr
  • 25.02.2019
    20:00 Uhr
  • 26.02.2019
    20:00 Uhr

Christian Thielemann

Principal Conductor

S Since 2012/13 season Christian Thielemann has been 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.

In previous seasons Christian Thielemann has contributed greatly to the birthday celebrations for Wagner and Strauss. At the same time he has explored a wide range of music from Bach to Henze, Rihm and Gubaidulina in Dresden and on tour. In the Semperoper he recently conducted new productions of »Der Freischütz« and »Ariadne auf Naxos« while for the Salzburg Easter Festival he interpreted »Die Walküre« and »Tosca«.

Christian Thielemann maintains close ties to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, whose New Year’s Concert he conducted in 2019. Following his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 2000, he has returned every

year to thrill audiences with benchmark interpretations. After serving five years as the festival’s Musical Advisor, in June 2015 he became its Music Director. In addition, he has been invited to conduct the leading orchestras of Europe, the United States, Israel and Asia.

As a UNITEL exclusive artist, Christian Thielemann has a comprehensive catalogue of recordings. His most recent projects with the Staatskapelle have been to record the symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner as well as numerous operas.

Christian Thielemann is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and holds honorary doctorates from the Franz Liszt University 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. He is patron of the Richard-Wagner-Stätten in Graupa as well as the 49th International youth competition »jugend creativ« of the Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken. In 2019 he was awarded honorary membership of the Gustav Mahler Society in Hamburg. His recordings have been showered with awards.

Zoltán Mácsai

Principal Horn

Jochen Ubbelohde

Principal Horn