Symphony Concert 26 – CANCELLED

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden | Christian Thielemann | Anja Kampe

Weber | Strauss | Beethoven

Wed, 09.09. | 19.30 | No. 20354

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08.-13.09. 2020




    Symphony Concert 26 – CANCELLED

    Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden | Christian Thielemann | Anja Kampe

    Anja Kampe  soprano
    Carl Maria von Weber (1786–1826)
    Overture to the opera Oberon
    Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
    Three Hymns, Op. 71
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

    “Beethoven looked further into the future than any other composer,” Christian Thielemann asserts, referring to the richly varied nature of his works. “His music can be as unwieldy as it is dramatic, gripping or folklike. It is by no means easy to grasp this: the enormous variety that makes him all-encompassing and moves so many listeners, as well as the fact that these pieces that point so far into the future.” So how do you approach this Titan? Thielemann believes that Beethoven was “a very impulsive person” and thus describes his own Beethoven style as a “flexible mixture of instinct, reason, and taste.” For the first concert with his Dresden Staatskapelle, he will combine the famous “Fate” Symphony with an overture by Beethoven’s contemporary Carl Maria von Weber and a song cycle by the Beethoven admirer Richard Strauss. Anja Kampe, the internationally renowned dramatic soprano, will perform the settings of Hölderlin hymns, which are a highlight of the Strauss repertoire for connoisseurs.

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    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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