Singapore Arts Festival Presents Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (Germany)


Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (Germany)


 Date:  11 June
 Time:  7.30 pm 
 Venue:  Esplanade Concert Hall 
 Tickets:  $182, $142, $102, $62, $42, $22 
 Duration:  100 minutes (with intermission)  


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“Blomstedt achieves an unequalled sonority…almost supernatural.” ~ Leipziger Volkszeitung


“To say Pieter Wispelwey’s music-making is ravishing is to utter an understatement of huge proportions.” ~ The Age


Boasting an illustrious 250-year history of performing the very best of Germany’s musical heritage, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, undoubtedly one of world’s top orchestras, will enthrall audiences here with its first-ever grand appearance in Singapore.


Founded by Leipzig merchants in 1781, the Orchestra has been touched by the greatest composers and performers of every musical epoch.  It has come under the baton of Mozart and Mendelssohn, and has given world premieres of major works by the greatest classical music composers, including Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Brahms and Bruckner. This tradition continues today with its recent world premieres of modern works by Giya Kancheli, Alfred Schnittke and Hans Werner Henze.


Since 1998, the Orchestra has been led by distinguished Gewandhauskapellmeister (music director) Herbert Blomstedt.  Blomstedt has led many of the world's greatest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Philadelphia Orchestra. His international musical credits include his membership in the Royal Musical Academy of Stockholm, of which Beethoven was a member, the Columbia University's Ditson Award, the Knight of the North Star in Stockholm, and the Knight of the Dannebrogen in Copenhagen, to name a few.


Blomstedt and the Orchestra will treat audiences here to two resplendent evenings of works drawn from its distinguished alumnus.  The first evening’s all-German programme comprises the beloved Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn, Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.129, and Beethoven’s popular Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 ‘Pastorale’.  Taking centre stage as guest soloist in the evening’s concert is one of the world’s finest cellists, Pieter Wispelwey.  One of the first in a generation of performers equally adept on either the baroque or modern cello, critics and audiences have applauded Wispelwey for his expert musicality, technique and unique interpretations of cello repertoire from J.S. Bach to Elliott Carter.


The second evening will feature masterpieces by Austrian composers Mozart (Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 “Jupiter”) and Richard Strauss (Ein Heldenleben).


Please refer to attached annexes for more information:

  • Annex 1 – Programme
  • Annex 2 – Profile of Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
  • Annex 3 – Profile of Herbert Blomstedt
  • Annex 4 – Profile of Pieter Wispelwey