Sound and Splendor
If the history of the Staatskapelle in the 19th and 20th centuries had to be condensed to just three composers, these names would certainly make the list. Weber’s »Jubel-Ouvertüre« was first performed in 1818 in honour of King Frederick Augustus I, who had become Elector of Saxony some half-century earlier. Twenty-seven years later, Weber’s most famous successor, Richard Wagner, conducted his »Tannhäuser« in Dresden. And even though Strauss’s »Also sprach Zarathustra« is not one of the many works by the composer to be premiered in the Saxon capital, it was performed here on 2 April 1897, only four months after the world premiere. The audience was so enthusiastic that conductor Ernst von Schuch was forced to take four curtain calls.
Carl Maria von Weber »Jubel-Ouvertüre« op. 59
Richard Wagner Ouvertüre zu »Tannhäuser«
Richard Strauss »Also sprach Zarathustra« op. 30
Walzerfolgen aus »Der Rosenkavalier« op. 59
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