Gustav Mahler became Director of the Royal Hungarian Opera in 1888, the same year he began writing his large-scale Second Symphony. Given the many demands of his new position, he only completed it in 1894. In the last movement, Mahler set Klopstock’s poem »Auferstehung« to music for soprano and alto solos and chorus, embedding them in his overwhelming finale.
Now, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, which was recently voted one of the top 10 orchestras in the world by the magazine »Gramophone«, will bring the composition, under the leadership of its charismatic conductor Iván Fischer, to the Dresdner Music Festival. The musicians, alongside soprano Elisabet Kulman, will take the audience on an impressive and memorable musical journey. Even Theodor W. Adorno was convinced that the symphony was the piece »where most will learn to love Mahler«.
At 7:00 pm is a concert introduction in the event room of the central library on the 1st floor on the right.
Similar to a painting-conservator, who brings the original colors of a painting back to life, the musicians of the Orchestre des Champs-Élyseés revive a composition back to its original intention. The Orchestre des Champs-Élysées is the oldest French ensemble playing on original instruments, which enjoys an outstanding international reputation.
Founded in 1991 by the famous Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe, the ensemble is committed to the interpretation of symphonic compositions of the classical, romantic and classic-modern era.
On May 27, the Orchestre de Champs-Élysées will perform the Symphony No. 3 in F major Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann’s concerto for piano and orchestra in A minor Op. 54 with pianist Alexander Lonquich, who is known for his wonderful musical sensitivity.
Before the concert, there is an introduction to the pieces from the Quartett of Critics.
Joyce DiDonato is one of the great opera-singers of our times. Through her programmes, the internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano likes to convey comprehensive messages of peace and humanism. Off stage, she has been a champion of social projects for many years. For her contributions to music education, Joyce DiDonato will receive the 2018 »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward«.
The award will be presented to the artist on May 28, 2018 as part of her concert »In War & Peace – Harmony Through Music« at Dresden’s Kulturpalast.
»Joyce DiDonato is an artist who does not differentiate between life and art. She devotes the same enthusiasm and the same standard of perfection to social activism as she does to the preparation of her opera roles and concerts. As a colleague, I admire Joyce; on behalf of the Music Festival and our sponsor Glashütte Original, I am delighted at this fantastic prize-winner,« says Jan Vogler, Intendant of the Dresden Music Festival.
Bearing a prize money of 25,000 Euros, the »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward« will be donated by the watch manufactory Glashütte Original for the 15th time in 2018 and presented in cooperation with the Dresden Music Festival. As in past years, the award is manufactured by two students at the company’s own »Alfred Helwig« School of Watchmaking. Previous prize winners include such artists as Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, Hélène Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, the fado singer Mariza, Andris Nelsons and the cellist Steven Isserlis.