End of the year concerts with the Gewandhausorchester
Andris Nelsons returns to Leipzig this month to lead the Gewandhausorchester in two final programs before the new year. On December 5, 6, & 8, Nelsons continues his Bruckner cycle with the orchestra, leading Bruckner’s Symphony No. 2, also known as the “Symphony of Pauses.”
Nelsons will begin the program with the Overture to Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and then lead the German premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Dialog: Ich und Du for violin and orchestra, featuring violinist Vadim Repin, whom the composer dedicated the work. In 2017, Nelsons launched his Leipzig Bruckner cycle and had since released four recordings with the Gewandhausorchester on Deutsche Grammophon. For more information and purchase links, click here.
On December 19 & 20, Nelsons conducts the ensemble in a program celebrating the 100th anniversary of Mieczysław Weinberg’s birthday. Weinberg was a Polish-born Soviet composer. His music, often programmatic, was influenced by his friend Dmitri Shostakovich. Weinberg’s corpus is extensive, including 22 symphonies and seven operas.
Håkan Hardenberger interprets Weinburg’s Concerto for trumpet and orchestra, and Mussorgsky’s Prelude to the opera Khovanshchina, adapted by Shostakovich will begin the program. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony concludes the evening, a work which the composer called “an echo of my most intimate spiritual life.”