In­side the Mind of a Mae­stro

THE PRIN­CI­PAL CON­DUC­TOR OF THE STAATSKAPELLE DRES­DEN, Chris­tian Thiele­mann, ON THE CHAL­LENGES AND JOYS OF LEAD­ING ONE OF THE WORLD’S OLD­EST ORCHES­TRAS

Hong Kong Tatler - - Small Talk -

Com­poser richard strauss once de­scribed it as “the best orches­tra in the world” and, al­most 500 years af­ter its found­ing, the Staatskapelle Dres­den is still se­duc­ing clas­si­cal mu­sic afi­ciona­dos around the globe. Its for­mer mu­sic di­rec­tors in­clude Richard Wag­ner and Carl Maria von We­ber, and dozens of other il­lus­tri­ous mu­si­cal names have played a part in its evo­lu­tion. Strauss him­self worked in­ti­mately with the orches­tra for more than 60 years, even ded­i­cat­ing one of his sym­phonies to the Ger­man en­sem­ble. The man now in pos­ses­sion of the magic ba­ton is Chris­tian Thiele­mann, who touches down later this month for the Hong Kong Arts Fes­ti­val. Over two days, he and his ex­tra­or­di­nary troupe of mu­si­cians will bring to life a pro­gramme that in­cludes Bruck­ner’s Ninth­sym­phony, Strauss’ im­pas­sioned re­flec­tion on war’s de­struc­tion, Me­ta­mor­pho­sen, Liszt’s Or­pheus and Wag­ner’s tran­quil Siegfriedidyll. The pro­gramme will cul­mi­nate with Strauss’ flam­boy­ant mu­si­cal self-por­trait and cel­e­brated orches­tral show­piece, Ein­helden­leben.

The Staatskapelle Dres­den will per­form at the Cul­tural Cen­tre on Fe­bru­ary 27 and 28

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