About the Concert
The symphonies of Anton Bruckner run like a thread through Marek Janowski's time as principal conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic. He left the orchestra in 2003 with Bruckner's Eighth, he returned in 2019 with the Eighth, and he has chosen the Fifth to take his final leave as orchestra leader. "Extremely demanding for any conductor," he calls it, and, it must be added, it is a challenge for the orchestra as well. And since Janowski loves contrasts in his programs, he has placed Benjamin Britten's "Illuminations" alongside Bruckner. The ten settings of poems by Arthur Rimbaud are sung by Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, whom the Philharmonie audience was last able to experience in Bethoven's Missa solemnis.