It would be a mistake to confine the Staatskapelle Dresden to the name of Strauss alone. While Strauss is indeed a major component of the musical culture of the orchestra and its conductor alike, they both perform repertoires that can lead them into very different fields. The programme of this second evening is a perfect example. It begins with a piece by Gubaidulina, currently a composer in residence with the orchestra, under a very Wagnerian title (Der Zorn Gottes/The Wrath of God) . It continues with Ravel's "classical" Concerto for Piano in G Major, a major piece in the piano repertoire, performed here by the young prodigy Daniil Trifonov. It concludes with Pelléas and Mélisande by Schoenberg, an advocate for modernity now considered a 20th century "classic".
Goubaïdoulina Der Zorn Gottes (The Wrath of God), for orchestra
(Staatskapelle Dresden command, French Premiere)
Ravel Concerto for piano in G major
Schoenberg Pelléas et Mélisande, symphonic poem op.5