CANCELLED: Non-subscription Concert for the Opening of the International Shostakovich Festival Gohrisch

Tugan Sokhiev Dirigent
Sol Gabetta Cello

Alexander Borodin

  • »Polowetzer Tänze« Suite aus der Oper »Fürst Igor«

Dmitri Shostakovich

  • Violoncellokonzert Nr. 1 Es-Dur op. 107
  • Symphonie Nr. 12 d-Moll op. 112 »Das Jahr 1917«

Musical monument

About his Twelfth Symphony, which he dedicated to Lenin, Shostakovich wrote: »It was a difficult exercise to portray in symphonic form this benefactor of humanity. So considered, my Twelfth is not fully successful. I had set myself a certain creative task – a portrait of Lenin – and ended up with a completely different result.« In fact, the portrait became a musical monument to the October Revolution. Following Borodin’s colourful »Polovtsian Dances«, Artist-in-Residence Sol Gabetta will interpret Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto.

  • 01.07.2020
    20:00 Uhr
    Kulturpalast Dresden

Tugan Sokhiev

Internationally renowned conductor Tugan Sokhiev was appointed Music Director of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in 2008, having begun his association with the orchestra three years earlier as its Principal Guest Conductor and Musical Advisor. Under his tenure, the orchestra has risen to international prominence. Besides successful concert seasons which include several world premieres and an important touring activity, he also instigated a Conducting Academy.

Since 2014, he has also held the post of Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Bolshoï Theatre in Moscow and between 2012 and 2017 was Principal Conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

During the 2018/2019 season Tugan Sokhiev is invited to conduct two series with the Berlin Philharmonic, including a tour and their popular Waldbühne concert in Berlin, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on tour in Dresden and Cologne, as well as the NHK Symphony, New York Philharmonic and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestras. At the Bolshoï Theatre, he will lead a new production of Candide in an homage to Bernstein and conduct Viaggio a Reims, Queen of Spades, Cosi fan Tutte, Katerina Ismailova and A Tale of Tsar Saltan. With the Orchestre National du Capitole, his programmes include a concert version of La Damnation de Faust, Itinéraire d’une Illusion, a new work the orchestra has commissioned to Chinese composer Qigang Chen, and he will take the orchestra on a European concert tour.

Tugan Sokhiev was one of the last students of the legendary teacher Ilya Musin at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and he also worked with Yuri Temirkanov, Music Director of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Soon after graduating, he made his opera debut with La Bohème at the Welsh National Opera in 2002, followed by his debuts at the Mariinski Theatre in St. Petersburg, with the Metropolitan Opera, and a highly acclaimed Boris Godunov at the Houston Grand Opera.

In 2004, his critically lauded performances of The Love for Three Oranges at the Aix-en-Provence Festival was followed by equally successful

revivals of the production in Luxembourg and at the Teatro Real in Madrid. A year later, he was named “Musical Discovery of the Year” by the Syndicat de la Critique in France for his concert with the Capitole de Toulouse at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris.

Soon after making his St Petersburg debut, Tugan appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, performing Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony. This memorable concert led to several re-invitations. He also performs with orchestras including the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, National Philharmonic of Russia, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, RAI Torino, La Scala, Bavarian State Opera, Swedish Radio, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Munich Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de France. Over the last few seasons, he has appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic (notably at the Lucerne Festival), Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, Philadelphia, Gewandhaus, NHK Symphony and the Boston Symphony Orchestras.

Tugan has a rich and varied discography, including recordings on Naïve Classique with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (Tchaikovsky’s Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures of an Exhibition, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Firebird). With the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester his recordings of Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible, Fifth Symphony and Scythian Suite have been released on Sony Classical.

He is currently collaborating with EuroArts for a series of DVD’s, the first of which - A Flight through the orchestra - features his interpretation of Brahms 2nd Symphony with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester.

Under the same label, he appears with the Capitole de Toulouse in a recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Vadim Gluzman, Bartok’s The Wooden Prince and Brahms First Symphony (2017). A Berlioz Requiem, recorded in 2018 with the Bolshoï Theater is soon to be released.

Sol Gabetta

Sol Gabetta, one of the leading cellists of our time, is Artist-in-Residence of the Staatskapelle Dresden for the 2019/2020 season. Recent career milestones include acclaimed debuts at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York as well as the first night of the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall. A popular guest artist at the world’s top music festivals, Sol Gabetta opened the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in 2018. Since 2005 she has taught at the Basel Academy of Music.

In recognition of her outstanding artistic achievements, Sol Gabetta received the Herbert von Karajan Prize at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2018, where she performed as a soloist with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann as well as in chamber music recitals. In 2016 she was awarded the ECHO Klassik prize as Instrumentalist

of the Year for her interpretation of Pēteris Vasks’ Cello Concerto No. 2, after her recordings had already received this prestigious accolade in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013. This Grammy-nominated artist has also won prizes at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the ARD International Music Competition and received the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award in 2010 as well as the Würth Prize of Jeunesses Musicales in 2012.

Chamber music occupies a central position in Sol Gabetta’s work. Every year a large and lively circle of musicians congregates at the SOLsberg Festival in Switzerland, of which she is artistic director.

Sol Gabetta’s cello, provided by Balthazar Soulier, was built by Matteo Goffriller in Venice in 1730.