Chor und Orchester

Dresden Memorial Day

Marek Janowski conducts the traditional February 13 concert.

About the Concert

First his newborn daughter dies, a year later two more children - during the composition of his "Stabat mater" Antonín Dvořák experiences blows of fate that hit his wife and him hard. And even though there is no one-to-one in the music, one believes one can also hear Dvořák's pain in the haunting sounds of his setting of the church hymn. Pain also accompanies the memory of the destruction of Dresden 79 years ago - it makes sense that Marek Janowski chose precisely this work for this occasion. He has invited such renowned soloists as Hanna-Elisabeth Müller and Tareq Nazmi, as well as the excellent MDR Radio Choir, with whom the Dresden Philharmonic has enjoyed a long-standing partnership.

Program

Antonín Dvo?ák
Stabat mater für Soli, Chor und Orchester

Contributer

Marek Janowski
Conductor
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller
Sopran
Roxana Constantinescu
Mezzosopran
Christian Elsner
Tenor
Tareq Nazmi
Bass
MDR-Rundfunkchor
Dresdner Philharmonie

Biographies

Marek Janowski

As former Chief Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Marek Janowski is happy to return to the orchestra as a guest for joint projects even after his term of office ends in summer 2023. Since the 1970s, his international career as an opera and concert conductor has taken him all over the world. In recent decades, he has concentrated primarily on the symphonic repertoire, but has also set new standards for the concert performance of operas.

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Hanna-Elisabeth Müller

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, possessing “a voice as if cut from crystal” (Salzburger Nachrichten) is considered in equal measure to be one of today’s foremost interpreters of lied and concert repertoire, and as one of the most sought-after operatic artists. The soprano made her international breakthrough at the 2014 Salzburg Easter Festival as Zdenka in Strauss’ Arabella, co-starring with Renèe Fleming and Thomas Hampson under the baton of Christian Thielemann. For this role, she was voted “Young Artist of the Year” by Opernwelt magazine.

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Roxana Constantinescu

Bucharest-born mezzo-soprano Roxana Constantinescu began her career in the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera and now performs with great success as a soloist on international concert and opera stages. She has already appeared with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra for concerts and recordings of Wagner's "Ring", Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" and Puccini's "Il Tabarro" and can be heard here twice in 2023/24, in Bellini's "I Puritani" and Dvořák's Stabat Mater.

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Christian Elsner

The tenor Christian Elsner, born in Freiburg im Breisgau, has been an internationally sought-after soloist for many years, who now also passionately enjoys passing on his experience to the next generation as a professor of singing.

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Tareq Nazmi

The renowned bass Tareq Nazmi studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich with Edith Wiens and Christian Gerhaher and privately with Hartmut Elbert. He began his career in the Munich Opera Studio and later became a member of the ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera.

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MDR-Rundfunkchor

The MDR Radio Choir is the largest and most traditional choir of the public broadcaster and is considered one of the most sought-after ensembles of its kind in the world.

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Dresdner Philharmonie

Top Class!

Top class!
That is the claim of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra stands for concerts at the highest artistic level, musical education for all ages and looking beyond the musical horizon. Guest performances on almost every continent and collaborations with guests from all over the world have established the reputation of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra in the international classical music world.  

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