Original title: Thielemann and Staatskapelle Dresden perform at the National Center for the Performing Arts
China News Service, Beijing, November 6 (Reporter Gao Kai) In the recently held 2023 National Center for the Performing Arts Classical Series, the Beijing audience welcomed German and Austrian music leader and conductor Christian Thielemann and The Dresden Staatskapelle, which has a history of 475 years, presented the audience with Hindemith’s “Swan Rotor” and Richard Strauss’s “Alpine Symphony” at the end of the year.
This performance is conductor Thielemann’s fourth time on the National Center for the Performing Arts stage after 2012, 2013 and 2018. The long-lost sound of Dresden echoed over the concert hall in octaves. From three consecutive nights of music feasts, the audience will have a comprehensive understanding of the true strength of the Dresden Staatskapelle, the most orthodox successor of German and Austrian classical music.
Thielemann performed at the National Center for the Performing Arts together with the Staatskapelle Dresden.Photo courtesy of National Center for the Performing Arts
In an interview with the media, Thielemann praised the artistic atmosphere of the National Center for the Performing Arts and said, “Returning to the National Center for the Performing Arts is like meeting a close friend again. Not only is the acoustics of the concert hall excellent, but the behind-the-scenes organization of the performers is also very smooth. Comfortable.”
Talking about the performance program that night and the following two days, Thielemann said: “‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’ is very special. The opening ‘Sunrise’ is very spectacular and the sound is grand, but after that there is a violin part.” The solo is very melodious, and this work has a very delicate balance between strong and weak, high and low. But the “Alpine Symphony” is different. It is like a person’s life, with ups and downs. In ‘Sunrise’ Then it gradually reaches a peak, then experiences stormy setbacks, and finally life slowly comes to an end, towards its end.”
In less than two months, Thielemann will conduct the 2024 Vienna New Year Concert. Talking about the two Strausses and their understanding of waltzes, Thielemann said that John Strauss’s waltzes are usually the same. The opening will have a romantic overtone, with a certain magical and dramatic tension. As for Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier” waltz that the Beijing audience will hear tomorrow and tomorrow night, the composer has a small note on the score, indicating that part of his music is inspired by Johann Strauss. Rolls pays tribute. Different from the cute or playful style of waltz that most people understand, Thielemann believes that the real waltz is actually a little sad, as if it is something that happened a long time ago, with a kind of nostalgic and sad thoughts. spread in the music.
Finally, Thielemann lamented that he was lucky enough to hear the rehearsals and performances of outstanding musicians such as Karajan, Carl Böhm, and Eugene Yohum since he was a child. He also had the opportunity to grow up with his own national music and be able to learn it. And fully experience the cultural characteristics of Germany, and ultimately retain this “German voice” and become a tradition of its own.
As the last stop of this tour in China, Thielemann and the orchestra will perform the full set of repertoire for the 475th anniversary celebration at the National Center for the Performing Arts from November 6th to 7th: Weber’s “Celebration Overture”, Wagner’s “Tannhauser Overture” and Richard Strauss’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” and “Der Rosenkavalier” Suite.