Symphony Concert N° 5

Christian Thielemann Conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Symphony No. 1 in C major, Opus 21
  • Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 36
  • Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Opus 55 »Eroica«

Beethoven’s early symphonies

In the run-up to Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Christian Thielemann conducts the first three symphonies of this truly revolutionary composer. Beethoven’s symphonic works are and remain the greatest challenge for any orchestra and conductor. They express a new musical language that is not only exceptionally personal in nature and reflects the turmoil of the early 19th century in a multi-faceted way, but also challenges musicians until today. We are still fascinated by the enthusiasm, vibrancy and passion of these works.

  • 15.12.2019
    11:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
    Ausverkauft
  • 16.12.2019
    20:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
    Ausverkauft
  • 17.12.2019
    20:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
    Ausverkauft

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.