It was my great privilege to meet with conductor Michael Sanderling after the opening performance of the Dresden Philharmonic at Cadogan Hall in London recently.
The event was hosted by Dresden Marketing and the Germany Tourism Board featuring a night of fine wines, food, beers and music culture from Germany, promoting Saxony and Thuringia and all that is best in that region.
The performance by the Dresden Philharmonic was a knockout, with star pianist Freddy Kempf taking to the stage to join them to deliver a stunning performance of Beethoven’s exhilarating Fidelio Overture, a tour de force of orchestral virtuosity, laden with heroic themes and equally heroic music.Freddy’s Piano Concerto No. 3, a piece which is a conflict of stormy and turbulent elements, with tender and lyrical passages guided by the piano was magnificent. The programme culminated in a tremendous finale, Beethoven’s major and instantly recognisable Symphony No. 5, cited by many as the most famous piece of Western classical music.
At the post show party, Michael Sanderling joined us and I was very glad to make his acquaintance and of course, get to pose for the obligatory ‘selfie’ !
A totally successful night of marketing by Dresden and it’s partners, showing good reasons for us all to visit this City of culture and its environs. If you get a chance, get along to see the Dresden Philharmonic, you will not be disappointed and savour the very best of Beethoven and German culture.