Special Concert Herbert Blomstedt

Herbert Blomstedt Conductor
Vilde Frang Violin

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Symphony C major KV 338
  • Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219
  • Symphony D major KV 504 »Prague«

Mozart’s »Prague« Symphony

Back in October 1973, Herbert Blomstedt and the Staatskapelle already performed Mozart’s »Prague« Symphony, of which a radio recording still exists. Almost five dec­ades later this masterpiece is back on the programme, together with Mozart’s final Salzburg Symphony, KV 338, and the Violin Concerto in A major. Following her stirring debut with the Beethoven Concerto in De­cember 2018, replacing an indisposed col­league, Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang is now returning to the Staatskapelle together with Blomstedt, our Conductor Laureate.

expected concert duration: 85 minutes

  • 12.05.2021
    19:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
    Verkauf vorerst beendet
  • 13.05.2021
    11:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
    Verkauf vorerst beendet

Herbert Blomstedt

Conductor Laureate

The close relationship between  Herbert Blomstedt and the Staatskapelle  Dresden has now lasted  for half a century. Following his  debut with the orchestra in April  1969, he held the post of Principal Conductor  from 1975 to 1985, a decade that is not only  unforgettable musically, but which was also  marked by difficult political conditions. In  purely human terms, this was certainly a  special chapter in the ensemble’s long history.  Alongside the »local heroes« Wagner  and Strauss, Herbert Blomstedt performed a  wide repertoire during his time in Dresden,  stretching from the Kapelle’s Baroque heritage  to numerous world and German premieres.  He recorded a vast number of works  with the orchestra, and in 1985 conducted  the first Staatskapelle concert in the newly  rebuilt Semperoper. To the present day he  has given more than 300 concerts with the  Kapelle, including no fewer than ten appearances  at the traditional Palm Sunday Concert,  and has conducted a number of opera productions,  formerly in the Dresden State Theatre.  In 2007 the Staatskapelle awarded him its  Golden Badge of Honour. In May 2016 he was  named the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate,  making him only the second conductor after  Sir Colin Davis to hold this

title. 

Born in the USA to Swedish parents, Herbert  Blomstedt gave his conducting debut  in 1954 with the Stockholm Philharmonic  Orchestra. Later he led the Oslo Philharmonic  as well as the Danish and Swedish  Radio Symphony Orchestras in Copenhagen  and Stockholm respectively. He has been  Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony,  Principal Conductor of the NDR Symphony  Orchestra in Hamburg and the 19th  Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus  Orchestra. He is the Conductor Laureate of  the symphony orchestras of San Francisco,  Leipzig, Copenhagen and Stockholm, the  Bamberg Symphony and the NHK Symphony  Orchestra in Tokyo. As a guest conductor,  Herbert Blomstedt works with the world’s  top orchestras. In 2011 he enjoyed a late  debut with the Vienna Philharmonic, paving  the way for a series of collaborations with  that ensemble. He is an elected member of  the Royal Swedish Music Academy, holds a  number of honorary doctorates and in 2003  was awarded the Order of Merit (Großes  Verdienstkreuz)  of the Federal Republic of  Germany. In April 2016 he received the prestigious  Léonie Sonning Music Prize of Denmark  for his artistic lifework.

Vilde Frang

In 2012 Vilde Frang was unanimously awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artists Award which led to her debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival.

Regularly appearing with the world’s leading orchestras, 2016 saw Vilde make her acclaimed debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle as part of their Europa Konzert; she returned during the 17-18 season for subscription concerts at the Philharmonie and the Baden-Baden Easter Festival with Ivan Fischer. Other recent highlights have included performances with the San Francisco and Pittsburgh Symphonies, Munich and LA Philharmonics, Bamberger Symphoniker, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, Orchestre de Paris and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as extensive European tours with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg.

The 2019-20 season sees Vilde give several highly anticipated debuts with the Bayerische Staatsorchester, Les Siècles and London Symphony Orchestra with Antonio Pappano. She will also embark on a tour with Rotterdam Philharmonic and Lahav Shani which will include her return to the Lucerne Festival. Other highlights of the season include engagements with Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Cleveland Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the BBC Symphony Orchestra as well as the Budapest Festival Orchestra with Mark Elder. Performing with the Oslo Philharmonic twice this season, Vilde will give concerts with Vasily Petrenko as well as Herbert Blomstedt performing the Elgar Violin Concerto and Beethoven Violin Concerto respectively. Vilde will also return to China as part of a tour with the Bamberger Symphoniker with Jakub Hrůša.

A keen chamber musician, Vilde regularly appears at festivals in Rheingau, Lockenhaus, George Enescu Festival, Salzburg Festival and the Prague Spring Music Festival. She appears regularly in recital at the Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Vienna Musikverein, Philharmonie Berlin, Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zurich and the Bozar in Brussels, as well as part of the Vancouver Recital Series, Boston Celebrity Series and San Francisco Performances. This season will include an evening recital at Wigmore Hall as well as performances of Beethoven String Trios with Lawrence Power and Nicolas Altstaedt. Performing at the International Chamber Music Series at London Southbank, the Trio will also perform at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg and Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Vilde Frang is an exclusive Warner Classics artist and her recordings have received numerous awards.  She is the recipient of the Classic BRIT Award, »Diapason d’Or« by Diapason Magazine, Académie Charles Cros’ »Grand Prix du Disque«, Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and the Echo Klassik Award.  She also received a Gramophone Award in the Concerto category for her recording of Korngold’s Violin Concerto and Britten’s Violin Concerto.