Max Klinger in his studio in Leipzig working on Beethoven, around 1900

Max Klinger in his studio in Leipzig working on Beethoven, around 1900

Concert
Visiting : Leipzig

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Wagner | Gubaidulina | Beethoven

During Beethoven’s lifetime, the Gewandhausorchester was the first to play a complete cycle of his nine symphonies. Conducted by Latvian Andris Nelsons, the Leipzig orchestra will present Beethoven’s Eighth and the world premiere of a new work by composer Sofia Gubaidulina: “Prolog” for orchestra, dedicated to “the great Beethoven”.

19:10 work introduction

When the former trade fair house of Leipzig’s cloth merchants was re-opened as a concert hall with 500 seats on 25 November 1781, the orchestra that resided there not only received a prestigious venue of its own, but also its name: Gewandhaushorchester, the Garment House Orchestra. Leipzig already had an exceedingly vibrant musical life at that time, and the orchestra’s history can be traced back far beyond this date, which makes the Gewandhausorchester one of the oldest orchestras anywhere. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s tenure as the Gewandhausorchester-Kapellmeister from 1835 to 1847 was critical for the orchestra’s development. He laid the foundations for the ensemble’s outstanding quality, which has been maintained ever since.

The orchestra’s Beethoven-reception also has a long tradition. In 1825/26, and thus during the composer’s lifetime, the Gewandhausorchester was the first to play a complete cycle of his nine symphonies – contemporary music at the time, after all. Conducted by Andris Nelsons, 21st Gewandhaus-Kapellmeister and Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig orchestra will present the world premiere of a new work by composer Sofia Gubaidulina: “Prolog” for orchestra, dedicated to “the great Beethoven” – a joint commission of Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Concert Programme

Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)
Overture and Venusberg bacchanal from the opera
Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg (1842 – 1845/1861)

Sofia Gubaidulina (1931)
Prolog
for orchestra
Commissioned by Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Boston Symphony Orchestra
World premiere

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Symphony No. 8 in F Major op.93 (1812)

A Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin event