Ivor Bolton conducts Weber, Beethoven, and Schumann – With Nicola Benedetti, Jan Vogler, and Alexander Melnikov

Dresdner Festspielorchester

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Nicola Benedetti — Violinist

Jan Vogler — Cellist

Alexander Melnikov — Pianist

Dresden Festival Orchestra

Ivor Bolton — Conductor

Program notes

Ivor Bolton conducts the concert celebrating the reopening of Dresden’s Kulturpalast, with an incandescent program of orchestral masterpieces by Weber, Beethoven, and Schumann!

As every year, the Dresdner Festspielorchester brings together some of the best musicians from different European period-instrument orchestras. With explosive energy, Ivor Bolton conducts a program of early German Romantic music, beginning with an all-time concert-opening favorite, the Overture to Carl Maria von Weber’s 1821 opera Der Freischütz. Violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist Jan Vogler, and pianist Alexander Melnikov then take the stage for a remarkable performance of Beethoven's 1803 Triple Concerto, the only concerto the composer ever completed that features more than one solo instrument. The musicians conclude with Schumann’s Fourth Symphony, completed in 1841 initially but then considerably revised before a publication in 1851: Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann had strong disagreements about which version was the “better” or “final” version, so much so that both continue to be performed today.

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