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
    Semperoper
    Tickets
    Ticket price:
    82.00 €
  • 25.02.2019
    20:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
    Tickets
    Ticket price:
    23.00 – 67.00 €
  • 26.02.2019
    20:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
    Tickets
    Ticket price:
    23.00 – 67.00 €

Christian Thielemann

Principal Conductor

The 2018 / 2019 season is Christian Thielemann’s seventh 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 Frei schütz« as well as two complete performances of Wagner’s »Ring« Cycle in Dresden. In Salzburg he directed the premieres of »Parsifal«, »Arabella«, »Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci«, »Otello«, »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 will conduct in 2019. Since his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in the summer of 2000, he has returned every year to thrill audiences with groundbreaking interpretations. After five years as musical advisor in Bayreuth, he was appointed the festival’s music director in 2015. 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. 1 and 3-9, a complete cycle of the symphonies and solo concertos of Johannes Brahms as well as the operas »Der Freischütz«, »Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci«, »Elektra«, »Die Walküre« and »Lohengrin« for CD or DVD. With the Staatskapelle Dresden he has recorded symphonic works by Beethoven, Liszt, Bruckner, Reger, Pfitzner and Busoni as well as various New Year’s Eve Concerts released on DVD. 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.

Zoltán Mácsai

Principal Horn

Jochen Ubbelohde

Principal Horn