Symphony Concert N° 3

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder Piano

Mieczysław Weinberg

  • Symphonie Nr. 3 h-moll op. 45

Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Opus 15

Ralph Vaughan Williams

  • »Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis«

In Mieczysław Weinberg, born in 1919, the highly complex 20th century is condensed: As a child of Moldavian Jews who fled to Krakow in 1903, he was forced to flee again after the German invasion of Poland and immediately came into Stalin's focus. Dmitri Shostakovich, who together with Weinberg was accused of "formalism", stood up for his colleague. Both remained lifelong friends, both created numerous symphonies. But Weinberg is not an epigone, as his chamber music-inspired works show: The Third, written in 1949, reflects the postulate of socialist realism, but processes the required folk songs in a surprisingly unconventional way.

A concert introduction will be offered 45 minutes before the beginning of each performance in the opera cellar of the Semperoper.

  • Sunday
    11:00 Uhr
  • Monday
    19:00 Uhr
  • Tuesday
    19:00 Uhr

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla was named Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in February 2016 following in the footsteps of Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelsons. Under her direction the CBSO has given numerous acclaimed performances at home and on international tours. She stepped down as music director of the CBSO at the end of the 21/22 season, was the Orchestra's principal guest conductor for the 22/23 season and continues to be closely connected with the Orchestra as Associate Artist from the fall of 2023 onward.
Gražinyte-Tyla has electrified audiences as a guest conductor all over the world. Recent and upcoming highlights include returns to the Sinfonieorchester Basel, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as the Münchner Philharmoniker at home and on tour to Lucerne, Cologne and Berlin; debuts with the New York Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden and at the Teatro Real in Madrid with a new production of Mieczysław Weinberg's The Passenger. Britten's War Requiem at the Salzburg Festival, a new production of Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen at the Bayerische Staatsoper directed by Barrie Kosky, as well as guest appearances with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In Europe and the US, she has collaborated with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the NDR Elbphilharmonie, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Orchestre National de France, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the MDR Leipzig, the Orchestre National de Lyon, as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Vienna, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and led the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in her Carnegie Hall debut in May of 2018.

At the Kremerata Baltica, she has enjoyed a dynamic collaboration with Gidon Kremer on numerous European tours. She has led operas in Munich, Heidelberg, Salzburg, Berlin and Bern. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gražinyte-Tyla was a Dudamel Fellow in the 2012-13 season, Assistant Conductor (2014-16), and Associate Conductor (2016-17). She was the Music Director of the Salzburg Landestheater from 2015 until 2017. Winner of the 2012 Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, she subsequently made her debut with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in a symphonic concert at the Salzburger Festspiele.
An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon Artist since 2018, her first album on the yellow label was released in the spring of 2019. It delighted critics and listeners worldwide and was hailed as an essential contribution to the rediscovery of Mieczysław Weinberg's Œuvre, winning also the Opus Klassik and Grammophon Awards later in 2020. The recording was the result of a cooperation of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer. A second recording was released by Deutsche Grammophon in November 2019. This features works by her compatriot Raminta Šerkšnytė and was followed by her most recent CD „The British Project" including works by Elgar, Britten, Walton and Vaughan Williams in July 2021.
A native of Vilnius, Lithuania, she was born into a musical family. Before pursuing her studies at the Music Conservatory in Zurich, she studied at the Music Conservatory Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in Leipzig and at the Music Conservatory in Bologna, Italy.

Rudolf Buchbinder


Rudolf Buchbinder is one of the legendary artists of our time. His piano playing is an unparalleled fusion of the authority of a career spanning more than sixty years with spirit and spontaneity. 

His renditions of Ludwig van Beethoven's works are considered to be exemplary. He has performed the thirty-two piano sonatas sixty times in cycles all over the world and developed the story of their interpretation over decades. He was the first pianist to play all Beethoven sonatas at the Salzburg Festival during a festival summer.

In the 2019/20 season, for the first time in its 150-year history, the Musikverein Vienna was granting a single pianist, Rudolf Buchbinder, the honour of performing all five Beethoven piano concertos with five world class orchestras and conductors in a specially edited cycle. Buchbinder's partners in this unprecedented constellation were the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Andris Nelsons, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Riccardo Muti and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Staatskapelle Dresden under their chief conductors Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev and Christian Thielemann.

Together with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, Rudolf Buchbinder also returned to the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Philharmonie Luxembourg and the Carnegie Hall New York as part of a tour.

Based on Beethoven's monumental Diabelli Variations, Rudolf Buchbinder initiated a new cycle of Diabelli Variations written for him by eleven leading contemporary composers of different generations and backgrounds. The world first recording of the New Diabelli Variations marks the beginning of Rudolf Buchbinder's exclusive partnership with Deutsche Grammophon. The album "The Diabelli Project" was released in March 2020.

Rudolf Buchbinder is an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Society of Friends of Music in Vienna, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Numerous award-winning recordings document his career.