Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Andris Nelsons, Gewandhauskapellmeister

In this day of the push-button standing ovation, one has learned to take enthusiastic crowd reaction such as greeted the Mahler Fifth Symphony played by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra on Friday at Symphony Center with a certain amount of skepticism. This gigantic five-movement symphony has applause built into its final bars. Could the performance possibly have been as good as the thunderous and prolonged applause suggested? Not just as good, but better. This was one of the great Mahler performances given in a hall that has heard plenty of them. --John von Rhein, Tribune Music Critic
Chicago Tribune

Chailly is an intensely physical conductor; he leads with large yet precise gestures that never seem showy or flamboyant. The rocketing string figure that begins "Don Juan" set the stage for a performance that was vital and exciting but also rigorously controlled and paced. The clarity of detail Chailly maintained, even in the most heavily scored parts, was a wonder. --David Weininger, Globe Correspondent
Boston Globe

The new dynamism that this eminent orchestra displayed at Carnegie Hall on Monday and Tuesday nights is surely attributable to its 19th music director, the Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly. After Tuesday night’s concert ended with an arresting, organic and richly colored account of Mahler’s daunting Fifth Symphony, the audience responded with the most ecstatic ovation I have witnessed this season at Carnegie Hall. --Anthony Tommasini
New York Times


The Gewandhausorchester is the oldest civic symphony orchestra in the world. The enterprise was founded in 1743 by a group of 16 musical philanthropists - representatives of the nobility as well as regular citizens - forming a concert society by the name of Das Große Concert. On taking residence in the trading house of the city's textile merchants (the "Gewandhaus") in 1781, the ensemble assumed the name "Gewandhausorchester". Many celebrated musicians have been appointed to the office of Gewandhauskapellmeister (Music Director and Principal Conductor), including Johann Adam Hiller, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, . . .

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