HERBERT BLOMSTEDT AND LEONIDAS KAVAKOS ON OCTOBER 27, 2017
In the world of conducting, Herbert Blomstedt is a long-distance runner. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday – his fleet-footedness in covering vast symphonic expanses has become one of his trademarks over the years. This makes him an ideal Mendelssohn interpreter. On Friday, October 27, 2017, he will be conducting Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with soloist Leonidas Kavakos. After the intermission we will be hearing Bruckner’s Seventh. Blomstedt has been at home in this repertoire for decades as well: under his baton, there is no danger of losing one’s way in Bruckner’s symphonic mountains or getting caught up in pathos. Herbert Blomstedt will be conducting the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester this evening, an orchestra that he led – like Mendelssohn before him – as Gewandhaus Music Director from 1998 to 2005; he is now its conductor laureate. For the Leipzig musicians, “original sound” is not an academic matter, but the expression of an uninterrupted, century-old orchestral tradition: Bruckner’s Seventh and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto were both premiered by the Gewandhausorchester.
Photo: Martin Lengemann