Christian Thielemann (photo: Münchner Philharmoniker)

Online festival: The Golden Twenties

Christian Thielemann conducts Hindemith, Strauss und Busoni

Christian Thielemann presents three contrasting musical worlds during our online festival “The Golden Twenties”: that of Paul Hindemith, who brilliantly combined his music with jazz elements in his parodistic opera Neues vom Tage (News of the Day), that of Ferruccio Busoni, the bridge builder between Romanticism and Modernism, and the musical world of Richard Strauss, who cultivated a rich late Romantic musical language in his orchestral songs and the cycle Die Tageszeiten (The Times of Day). The soloist in the orchestral songs is the acclaimed Strauss interpreter, soprano Camilla Nylund, who replaces Diana Damrau.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Christian Thielemann conductor

Camilla Nylund soprano (replacing Diana Damrau)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Paul Hindemith

Neues vom Tage (News of the Day), Overture from the Opera with Concert Ending

Ferruccio Busoni

Tanz-Walzer for orchestra, op. 53

Johann Strauß jr.

Künstlerleben, Waltz, op. 316

Richard Strauss

Ständchen, op. 17 No. 2 (version for voice and orchestra)

Camilla Nylund soprano

Richard Strauss

Freundliche Vision, op. 48 No. 1 (version for voice and orchestra)

Camilla Nylund soprano

Richard Strauss

Wiegenlied, op. 41 No. 1 (version for voice and orchestra)

Camilla Nylund soprano

Richard Strauss

Allerseelen , op. 10 No. 8 (version for voice and orchestra)

Camilla Nylund soprano

Richard Strauss

Zueignung, op. 10 No. 1 (version for oice and orchestra)

Camilla Nylund soprano

Richard Strauss

Morgen, op. 27 No. 4 (Version for Singing Voice and Orchestra)

Camilla Nylund soprano

Richard Strauss

Die Tageszeiten, song cycle for male choir and orchestra, op. 76

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Dates and Tickets

Unfortunately, this concert is cancelled.

Thu, 25 Feb 2021, 20:00

Philharmonie

Unfortunately, this concert is cancelled.

Fri, 26 Feb 2021, 20:00

Philharmonie

This concert will take place without an audience and will be broadcast live in the Digital Concert Hall.

Sat, 27 Feb 2021, 19:00

Philharmonie

Live in the Digital Concert Hallgo to broadcast

Programme

To conclude the online festival The Golden Twenties, Christian Thielemann conducts works by Ferruccio Busoni, Paul Hindemith and Richard Strauss. From Busoni, who performed in numerous Berliner Philharmoniker concerts as a pianist and conductor, comes the Tanz-Walzer from 1921. Following a solemn introduction, the work contains a series of witty episodes which combine elegance with orchestral power. Like Busoni before him, Hindemith also embarked on an academic career when he took up a professorship at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik in 1927. At that time, the former ʻenfant terribleʼ had already become an internationally renowned composer whose works Wilhelm Furtwängler particularly appreciated. The prelude of the opera Neues vom Tage begins, in the spirit of a Figaro overture for the 20th century, with rapid string figures; after that, more pensive tones can be heard, which are given a slight jazz colouring by two alto saxophones.

Things had become somewhat quieter for Richard Strauss in the 1920s. The time of symphonic poems was over, and his only stage works were operas Intermezzo and Die ägyptische Helena, which are still little known today. Christian Thielemann presented the interludes from Intermezzo in Philharmoniker concerts a few years ago, and now conducts another underrated work from this creative period: the wonderfully sonorous cycle Die Tageszeiten, settings of poems by Joseph von Eichendorff, unusually scored for male choir and orchestra. The programme is completed by orchestral songs by Strauss with the soprano Camilla Nylund, a singer who is especially acclaimed internationally as a Strauss interpreter, such as the title role in Arabella and as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier.

Biography

Christian Thielemann has been principal conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden since autumn 2012 and artistic director of the Salzburg Easter Festival since 2013. Thielemann studied at the Hochschule der Künste (Academy of Arts) in his native Berlin before gaining a thorough grounding in conducting at smaller theatres in Germany. His first major appointment was as principal conductor at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where he spent three seasons prior to his appointment as general music director of Nuremberg Opera. He held a similar posts with the Deutsche Oper in Berlin from 1997 to 2004, and with the Munich Philharmonic from 2004 to 2011. Christian Thielemann has built up an international reputation for himself, appearing with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and with opera companies throughout Europe, North America and Japan. As a guest conductor he is particularly closely associated with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic and the Bayreuth Festival where he has been a regular conductor since his debut in the summer of 2000 (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). He was named musical adviser of the festival in 2010 and its music director in 2015. The principal pillars of Christian Thielemann’s broad repertoire are the works of the Classical and Romantic periods as well as the music of Hans Werner Henze. Thielemann first appeared with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1996 and has returned many times since then, most recently in December 2019, when he conducted works by Wagner and Richard Strauss.

Camilla Nylund has established herself as one of the world’s leading lyric-dramatic sopranos. Born in Vaasa (Finland), she received her musical education with Eva Illes and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. After a highly acclaimed debut at the Niedersächsische Staatsoper in Hanover she was engaged in the ensemble between 1995 and 1999. From 1999 until 2001 she was a member of the ensemble of the Dresden Semperoper. Throughout her career Camilla Nylund has performed in numerous Strauss and Wagner operas. Her international breakthrough was in the 2004/2005 season with three role debuts: as Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) at the Bayerische Staatsoper, as Salome in Cologne and as Leonore (Fidelio) at the Opera Zurich. All three have become signature roles in her repertoire. Camilla Nylund has sung leading roles in opera houses in Vienna, Paris, Tokyo, Helsinki and Paris and at the Salzburg and Bayreuth festivals. In Berlin she appeared both at the Deutsche Oper and the Staatsoper. The soprano made her acclaimed debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London in 2011. In 2019 she appeared as Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) at the Metropolitan Opera New York. In addition Camilla Nylund is in demand internationally as concert soloist and has worked with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and Christian Thielemann. With the Berliner Philharmoniker she sang Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and was heard as soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Christian Thielemann (photo: Münchner Philharmoniker)

Camilla Nylund (photo: anna.s.)