Symphony Concert 27

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden | Christian Thielemann | Anja Harteros

Weber | Strauss

Thu, 10.09. | 19.30 | No. 20356

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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14.08.-13.09. 2020




    Symphony Concert 27

    Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden | Christian Thielemann | Anja Harteros

    Anja Harteros  soprano
    Carl Maria von Weber (1786–1826)
    Overture to the opera Euryanthe
    Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
    Suite No. 1 from Der Rosenkavalier Op. 59
    Die heiligen drei Könige aus dem Morgenland, Op. 56, no. 6
    Meinem Kinde, Op. 37, no. 3
    Waldseligkeit, Op. 49, no. 1
    Zueignung, Op. 10, no. 1
    Befreit, Op. 39, no. 4
    Ruhe, meine Seele Op. 27, no. 1
    Morgen, Op. 27, no. 4
    Cäcilie, Op. 27, no. 2
    Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op. 28

    No one understood how to write for the human voice as well as Richard Strauss. No wonder, since he himself was married to a singer, Pauline de Ahna, whose silvery soprano he could illuminate in the best possible light through many of his songs. De Ahna’s reincarnation seems to be represented by Anja Harteros, who has been praised as the “soprano of the century.” The German-Greek prima donna will perform a selection of eight orchestral songs that demand everything: from the humor of Die heiligen drei Könige and the intimacy of Morgen to the euphoria of Zueignung. To start off, however, the Staatskapelle Dresden and its leader Christian Thielemann will put us into a joyful mood by performing the first suite from Der Rosenkavalier. And to end their Strauss program, Till Eulenspiegel will offer another chance to marvel at this composer’s wizardry of instrumentation and orchestral color, which is so powerful that we can imagine the adventures of the legendary trickster taking place right before our eyes.

    Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

    Founded in 1548 by Elector Moritz of Saxony, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden is one of the oldest orchestras in the world. Leading international musicians have left their mark on the former court ensemble, which now serves as the Saxon State Orchestra. Its leaders have included the likes of Heinrich Schütz, Johann Adolf Hasse, Carl Maria von Weber, and Richard Wagner. For over 60 years Richard Strauss was closely associated as a conductor, composer, and friend of the ensemble, which maintains its international reputation as a “Strauss Orchestra” to this day: nine of his operas were premiered in Dresden, and he dedicated his Alpine Symphony to the Staatskapelle. Among its most influential principal conductors of the 20th century were Fritz Reiner, Fritz Busch, Karl Böhm, Joseph Keilberth, Kurt Sanderling, and Herbert Blomstedt. From 1992 until his premature death in April 2001, Giuseppe Sinopoli helmed the orchestra; he was followed by Bernard Haitink and Fabio Luisi. Since 2012 Christian Thielemann has been Principal Conductor, with Myung-Whun Chung as First Guest Conductor. The musicians give some 260 opera and ballet performances each season at the Semperoper, as well as around 50 symphonic and chamber music concerts. Since 2013 the Staatskapelle has also served as the orchestra for the Salzburg Easter Festival. Through the newly created position of “Capell Compositeur” the ensemble champions contemporary music. Following Hans Werner Henze, Wolfgang Rihm, and Sofia Gubaidulina, in the 2015-16 season this position will be held by György Kurtág; the pianist Yefim Bronfman likewise serves as “Capell Virtuoso.” In 2007 the ensemble received the European Culture Foundation Prize for Preservation of the World’s Musical Heritage. Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory in Dresden has been a partner of the Staats-kapelle Dresden since 2008.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 24 August 1979 in works by Respighi and Bruckner conducted by Herbert Blomstedt.

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    Christian Thielemann

    Christian Thielemann, who was born in 1959, studied viola, piano, and conducting in his native Berlin. He launched his professional career in 1978 as a co-répétiteur at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin; a year later he was engaged by Herbert von Karajan to serve as his assistant. In 1985 Thielemann became First Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, from 1988 to 1992 he was at the Theater Nürnberg, and from 1997 to 2004 he served as General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He gave up this position to take over leadership of the Munich Philharmonic, where he remained until the summer of 2011. Since 2012 Thielemann has served as Principal Conductor of the Saxon Staatskapelle Dresden, and in 2013 he additionally became Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival, where he conducted Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci in the spring of 2015. Through his performances of Wagner and Strauss Thielemann has developed a reputation as a specialist in German music of the late Romantic period. His repertoire also encompasses works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schumann, as well as compositions by Debussy, Schoenberg, and Henze. Every summer since 2000 he has made regular appearances at the Bayreuth Festival, where he just conducted Tristan und Isolde this summer; in 2015 he was named Music Director there. In the concert hall, Thielemann has collaborated with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In the United States he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his numerous CD and DVD recordings, in 2013 Thielemann published the book Mein Leben mit Wagner. In 2015 he received the Richard Wagner Award.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 23 March 2002 leading the Munich Philharmonic in works by Debussy, Chausson, and Ravel.

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    Anja Harteros

    The soprano Anja Harteros, who was born to a Greek father and a German mother in Bergneustadt, Germany, studied at the Cologne University of Music. Her first permanent engagement began in 1996 with Bonn Opera, and in 1999 her international career was launched when she won the BBC Singer of the World Competition. Soon thereafter she was invited to sing at the world’s major opera venues, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House in London, the Vienna, Berlin, Munich, and the Dresden Staatsoper companies, as well as to Amsterdam, Paris, and the Salzburg Festival. Her repertoire encompasses lyric dramatic soprano roles in Italian as well as German operas: Verdi’s Vio-
    letta Valéry, Elisabetta, Leonora, Desdemona, and Alice Ford and Puccini’s Mimì and Tosca on the one hand, for example, and, on the other, Wagner’s Eva, Elsa, and Elisabeth and such Strauss heroines as Arabella, the Marschallin, and Ariadne, which she will sing for the first time in the fall of 2015 at the Bavarian Staatsoper. Harteros has moreover performed in Baroque works and as a Mozart soprano, working with numerous acclaimed conductors including Daniel Barenboim, John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Antonio Pappano, and Christian Thielemann. Among her recordings are the Four Last Songs by Strauss, the Verdi Requiem, and the lieder recital Von ewiger Liebe (“Of Eternal Love”), which won the French culture critics’ Orphée d’Or award. In 2007 Anja Harteros was named a Kammersängerin of the Bavarian Staatsoper, in 2009 she was voted Singer of the Year by the critics of Opernwelt, and in 2010 she received the Opera Prize in Cologne.

    One previous LUCERNE FESTIVAL performance: on 29 August 2012 in Verdi’s Requiem under the direction of Daniel Barenboim.

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