Staatskapelle Dresden

Birmingham International Concert Season 2010/11

Fri 13 May 7:30pm at Symphony Hall

Staatskapelle Dresden
Christoph Eschenbach conductor
Leonard Elschenbroich cello

Schumann Overture, The Bride of Messina 9’
Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations 17’
Brahms Symphony No 1 45’

Leonard Elschenbroich’s encore – Paul Hindemith Sonato for Solo Cello, final movement.

Staatskapelle Dresden’s encore – Mozart

Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory has been a Partner of the Staatskapelle Dresden since 2008

The unbroken history of the Staatskapelle Dresden reaches back to 1548: its rich pedigree led Richard Strauss to call it “the best orchestra in the world” and it is still a strong contender for the title. This concert includes music by three composers with whom the orchestra was associated, with Tchaikovsky’s loveable Rococo Variations complemented by the heroic grandeur and warmth of Brahms’s First Symphony.

Review by Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post:

…     “The Brahms grew in stature after a rather subdued opening movement. The andante was mellifluous and serene with excellent contributions from the oboe and the orchestra’s leader Kai Vogler. The finale was splendid, Eschenbach building and maintaining the tension as the music unfolded in a peroration for the orchestra’s outstanding horn section.”      …

Review by Rian Evans, Guardian, for same concert, different venue:

Review by Glyn Pursglove, MusicWeb, SeenandHeard, for same concert, different venue:

…     “Enjoyable though the Rococo Variations were, the real substance of the evening came with a very fine performance of Brahms’ First Symphony, a performance that exuded authority and passion.”     …

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