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Daniel Harding and the Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra, with Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder
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This was by far the most electrifying orchestral performance I have ever heard in 35 years of attending concerts at the KC! The Brahms symphony #2 had me on the edge of my seat, marveling at the beauty of the score and the genius of Brahms'...continued

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Dresden Staatskapelle is one of the oldest orchestras in the world and thus steeped in tradition. Founded by Prince Elector Moritzvon Sachsen in 1548, Dresden Staatskapelle celebrated its 460th jubilee on September 22, 2008. A leading ensemble throughout various musical eras, it is believed that the ‘Kapelle’ is the only orchestra to have been in continuous existence for over four and a half centuries. Distinguished conductors and internationally acclaimed instrumentalists have helped shape the development of this one-time court orchestra. The list of prominent conductors of the last 100 years includes Ernst von Schuch, Fritz Reiner, Fritz Busch, Karl Böhm, Joseph Keilberth, and Bernard Haitink.

A busy touring schedule regularly brings the ensemble to the great music centers of Europe, Asia and the USA, while long-term residencies at Vienna’s Musikverein and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris mean that audiences there can enjoy the Staatskapelle several times each year.

Daniel Harding, conductor; Rudolf Buchbinder, piano.


Schumann —

Manfred Overture, Op. 115

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Brahms —

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

English conductor Daniel Harding began his career assisting Sir Simon Rattle at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with which he made his professional debut in 1994. He went on to assist Claudio Abbado at the Berlin Philharmonic and made his debut with

the orchestra at the 1996 Berlin Festival. Harding is the Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Harding regularly conducts the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Vienna Philharmonic (both of which he has conducted at the Salzburg Festival), the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and the Orchestra Filarmonica della


In the U.S. and Canada, Harding has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston and Toronto Symphony Orchestras.

Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder began his musical career as a chamber musician and has performed with all the world’s great orchestras and conductors. He is also a regular guest at the world’s major festivals. His repertoire is extensive and includes numerous 20th century compositions. Buchbinder meticulously studies original sources and has an extensive collection of first editions and original documents including the original piano scores of two Brahms piano concertos. Buchbinder’s vast catalog of over 100 recordings includes Joseph Haydn’s complete piano work for which he was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque.