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Alan Gilbert Debuts with Staatskapelle Dresden and Leads NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg

Bethany Taylor / 22nd October 2015 / Journal

Following triumphant season-opening concerts with the New York Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall and Carnegie Hall, Alan Gilbert heads to Germany to make his debut with the Staatskapelle Dresden October 23 through 25, followed by concerts with the Hamburg’s NDR Symphony October 29 through 31.

With both orchestras, Gilbert joins Frank Peter Zimmermann for Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 2. In Hamburg, the concerto will be recorded for future album release, when it will be coupled with the Russian composer’s First Violin Concerto. This work was also previously captured live in concert with Gilbert, Zimmermann and the NDR Symphony, prompting the Hamburger Abendblatt to praise the “momentum and enthusiasm, perfection and beauty of sound” the conductor inspired.

In his Staatskapelle Dresden debut, Alan also leads Kurtág’s Grabstein für Stephan, Op. 15c and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. With Hamburg’s NDR Symphony, where he has served as Principal Guest Conductor for more than a decade, the program also includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”.

Banner Photo: © Chris Lee

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