MAGDEBURG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
The Magdeburg Philharmonic is the opera and concert orchestra of the birthplace of Georg Philipp Telemann and is distinguished for premières including Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot, Albert Lortzing’s Undine, Eugène d’Albert’s Tiefland (in the 1905 revised version), Kurt Weill’s Der Silbersee and Violeta Dinescu’s Effi Briest. In the course of its history the orchestra has collaborated with renowned conductors, including Richard Strauss, Hermann Abendroth, Bruno Walter and Hans Pfitzner. The legacy of Wagner and Strauss plays an important part in the repertoire of the orchestra, the general music director of which, since 2010 has been the Taiwanese Kimbo Ishii. The orchestra and conductor have a close association with the pianist Menahem Pressler. Recordings by the orchestra include works by Alexander Zemlinsky, Béla Bartók, Jaan Rääts, Gustav Mahler, Dmitry Shostakovich, Hans Werner Henze (the last honoured with the 2005 German Record Critics Prize), Brahms, and Wagner as well as the first German performance of Zdeněk Fibich’s opera Die Braut von Messina.
Photo: Stefan David Horak