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Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 1

Herbert Blomstedt conducts Bach and Bruckner

Quite simply one of the world’s truly finest and longest-established orchestras, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig is one of the custodians of German musical culture, giving thrilling, vivid performances of enormous subtlety and refinement.

Herbert Blomstedt, the Orchestra’s Honorary Conductor Laureate, is among the conducting world’s living giants, an elder statesman of the podium with a truly international stature. 

For the first of their two-concert residency at the 2016 International Festival, they perform Bruckner’s mighty Fifth Symphony, noble, expansive and humbling in its devotional power. Beforehand, respected international violinist Julian Rachlin is the soloist in Bach’s inventive, imaginative and thoroughly virtuosic Violin Concerto in E major.

Few ensembles can more justifiably be regarded as a true custodian of German musical culture. ★★★★★


Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Herbert Blomstedt Conductor

Julian Rachlin Violin

Bach Violin Concerto in E major
Bruckner Symphony No 5

More information about some of the artists

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Herbert Blomstedt

Julian Rachlin

26 August 2016

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