Thielemann: My first debut in 18 years

Thielemann: My first debut in 18 years


norman lebrecht

April 15, 2021

The German conductor used to be head of the Munich Philharmonic but never got asked to perform with its city rival, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He’s thrilled to be asked:

My last debut was, I think, with the Dresdner Staatskapelle in 2003. So I haven’t had a debut for 18 years. But it doesn’t feel like it at all because there are musicians in the orchestra that I know who have already played with me. That then forms very quickly. Due to the distances that we have to keep due to the corona, it is difficult at first – by the way, for me too. Sometimes, for example, I don’t know whether the woodwinds are playing loud enough. The trial is for all of us. So it’s a nice atmosphere, and some musicians tell me that this concert would be their first service in weeks, then you feel like it.

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  • Gustavo says:

    He’ll be out again, like a rat out of an aqueduct!

  • MacroV says:

    I’m sure there are many orchestras who would be delighted to invite him for a debut. Maybe he’ll be the next to go to Stockholm?

  • Barry says:

    I attended his Philadelphia debut around the mid 90s and he made a very positive impression on me. For a few years, he was conducting a lot in Philadelphia and was considered a possible successor to Sawallisch. I attended all of those programs. But something went amiss and they suddenly stopped inviting him. He hasn’t been back since.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      That will be because Thielemann supported his community of Dresden when they showed concern about the huge numbers of non-christian immigrants coming into Germany. I thought he showed a lot of courage.

  • Alexander T says:

    Molto ponderoso.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Interesting program….

    • Gustavo says:

      Interesting that he’s doing Richard Strauss’ “Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare” with BRSO.

      In fact, the Wiener have a new one composed by John Williams – completed 2020 but not performed thanks to the corona.

      Strauss died over 70 years ago – so his music is free.