»Orchestra di Dresda«. »By introducing a mixed taste The Royal Orchestra under Concertmeister Mr. Pisendel ... was brought to such tenderness of execution, that I ... have not heard any better.«
With these words, Johann Joachim Quantz describes the former court orchestra whose unique constellation is revived by the Dresden Festival Orchestra. The Dresden Festival Orchestra was launched in the spirit of the legendary »Orchestra di Dresda«. The former court orchestra of August the Strong was considered to be the best ensemble of its kind in the period of Dresden’s cultural flowering and it assembled the most prestigious instrumentalists of its time. Three centuries later, the Dresden Festival Orchestra unites international specialists for historically informed performance practice from the finest early-music ensembles in Europe - the perfect basis for the once praised »mixed taste« by Quantz.
The wide range of its repertoire and the creative power are the fundament of the unique fascination that is evoked by this ensemble. With great joy of discovery, precision and a keen sense for authentic interpretations, the Dresden Festival Orchestra explores the original sound of various epochs. Already at its celebrated premiere during the 2012 Music Festival the ensemble thrilled both audiences and critics with boundless joy of playing, precision and vital enthusiasm. Following concerts that featured works from the Classic and Dresden Baroque, the 2014 season was dedicated to the anniversary of Richard Strauss by rediscovering his »Feuersnot« «, which had its world premiere in Dresden and which was nominated for the 2015 »International Opera Award« The season also included a performance of Beethoven’s famous »Missa solemnis«. Celebrated highlight of the last season was a performance at the Semperoper during the Dresden Music Festival where the Dresden Festival Orchestra and exceptional violinist Isabelle Faust provided a congenial interpretation of Beethoven’s violin concerto. The production of the Festival Orchestra’s first recording together with Jan Vogler is planned during the 2016 Music Festival.
THE CONDUCTOR: IVOR BOLTON
has been chief conductor of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg since 2004, with whom he has appeared annually at the Salzburg Festival since 2000. He enjoys a close relationship with the Bayerische Staatsoper where, since 1994, he has conducted a wide range of new productions, most notably of Monteverdi, Handel and Mozart. In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious »Bayerische Theaterpreis« for his outstanding work in Munich. Since his Covent Garden debut in 1995 he enjoys a frequent collaboration with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Guest performances include the Opéra National de Paris, the Vienna State Opera, the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, the Zurich Opera House, the festival Maggio Musicale in Florenz, the Teatro Real Madrid and the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona. Ivor Bolton not only collaborates with the most prestigious British Symphony Orchestras but also with the world’s leading orchestras. Engagements of the las seasons led him to Vienna, New York, Boston, the Royal Concertgeouw Orchestra, to Paris, Florenz, Milan, Rotterdam, to the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne, the Philharmonische Staatsorchester Hamburg or the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. With Concerto Köln he performed Handels »Athalia« with guest performances in New York, Paris and London. In 1993 he made his BBC Proms debut where he conducted Bach‘s »St. John Passion « He took up the position of Music Director of the Teatro Real Madrid in September 2015. Since its foundation in 2012 he has been Chief Conductor of the Dresden Festival Orchestra. In September 2016, he will take up the post of Music Director of Basel Symphony Orchestra.
SELECETION OF INTERNATIONAL PRESS COMMENTARIES
»Orchestra, conductor, and audience were united in a love-fest of enthusiasm... an auspicious beginning for the Dresden Festival Orchestra.«
Jens F. Laurson, Seen and Heard International, 30th May 2012
»Ivor Bolton is most fortunate to have such a fine group of players who were clearly relishing the music and the responsive Albertinum audience. [...] Two encores, then it seemed over all too soon.
«Michael Cookson, Seen and Heard International, 22nd May 2013
»On the original instruments of the festival orchestra, the textures emerged with raw clarity, creating an understated effect that contrasts with the more brilliant sound of modern string and winds.«
Rebecca Schmid, Classic Voice North America, 12th June 2014
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