• Sat. 16.01.
  • 8.00 p.m.
  • Bremen
    ·Die Glocke

Living legends

Works by Schubert and Berwald

To this day, his vitality, elegance and a musicality charged with a spiritual intensity derived from a deep analysis of the score turn every single performance into an unforgettable experience. Following his magnificent interpretation of Beethoven’s ›Missa solemnis‹ in 2012, the now 93-year-old Swedish maestro Herbert Blomstedt returns to the podium of the Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen.

Schubert was not yet 20 years old when he created his 3rd Symphony from a spontaneous inner impulse, a light-filled piece suffused with dancing gaiety and Viennese tradition. Berwald was born in Stockholm one year before Schubert. He found it difficult to establish himself as a composer, despite his good connections in the music scenes of Berlin and Vienna, and so he also worked as an orthopaedist and ran a sawmill and a glass-blowing workshop. It is largely thanks to Herbert Blomstedt that Berwald’s highly original musical heritage characterised by a fine classicism has survived until today.

Programme

    • Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
    • Symphony No. 3 in D major D 200
    • Franz Adolf Berwald (1796 - 1868)
    • Symphony No. 4 in E flat major (Sinfonie naïve)

Conductor

Herbert Blomstedt

Noble, charming, unpretentious, modest – ultimately, Herbert Blomstedt has always represented that type of artist whose professional competence and natural authority render superfluous any added artificial accentuation. His work as a conductor is inextricably linked with his religious and human ethos. Correspondingly, his interpretations combine great musical accuracy and analytical precision with a soulfulness that brings the music vibrantly to life. As a result, throughout the long years of his career, he has earned the unreserved respect of the musical world.

Educated in Uppsala, New York, Darmstadt and Basel, this Swedish conductor gave his debut in 1954 with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by positions as Chief Conductor with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Staatskapelle Dresden. Subsequently, he became Music Director at the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, was Chief Conductor with the NDR Symphony Orchestra and Kapellmeister with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. His former orchestras in San Francisco, Leipzig, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Dresden have bestowed on him the title of Honorary Conductor, as have both the Bamberger Symphoniker and the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo.
At over 90 years of age, Herbert Blomstedt still stands with enormous presence, full of vigour and artistic drive, on the podium of all the leading international orchestras.

Conductor

Herbert Blomstedt

Noble, charming, unpretentious, modest – ultimately, Herbert Blomstedt has always represented that type of artist whose professional competence and natural authority render superfluous any added artificial accentuation. His work as a conductor is inextricably linked with his religious and human ethos. Correspondingly, his interpretations combine great musical accuracy and analytical precision with a soulfulness that brings the music vibrantly to life. As a result, throughout the long years of his career, he has earned the unreserved respect of the musical world.

Educated in Uppsala, New York, Darmstadt and Basel, this Swedish conductor gave his debut in 1954 with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by positions as Chief Conductor with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Staatskapelle Dresden. Subsequently, he became Music Director at the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, was Chief Conductor with the NDR Symphony Orchestra and Kapellmeister with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. His former orchestras in San Francisco, Leipzig, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Dresden have bestowed on him the title of Honorary Conductor, as have both the Bamberger Symphoniker and the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo.
At over 90 years of age, Herbert Blomstedt still stands with enormous presence, full of vigour and artistic drive, on the podium of all the leading international orchestras.