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NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester / Herbert Blomstedt

A living legend: Herbert Blomstedt returns to the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and conducts Carl Nielsen's Fifth Symphony shortly before his 96th birthday.

The Swedish conductor never wanted to be a rostrum star. It's only the music itself that interests him. And he has been at the service of music for nearly a century in the meantime. Herbert Blomstedt will be 96 in July 2023, and for all these years he has been delighting the concert world with his meticulous, serious readings of the great orchestral scores as much as with his charm, sense of humour and charisma. Since his tenure with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra as its principal conductor, the young-at-heart doyen has regularly returned to the Hamburg ensemble. Concerts with Herbert Blomstedt on the rostrum are always a fulfilling experience, both musically  and in human terms!


NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

conductor Herbert Blomstedt


Carl Nielsen
Sinfonie Nr. 5 op. 50

Leonidas Kavakos Leonidas Kavakos © Marco Borggreve
Herbert Blomstedt Herbert Blomstedt © Martin U. K. Lengemann
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra © Nikolaj Lund

About the programme

After Schubert, Brahms and Bruckner in the last few seasons, Herbert Blomstedt has chosen to perform an orchestral gem that generally goes unrecognised: the Fifth Symphony by Carl Nielsen. First performed in 1922, it is probably the boldest work from the pen of the Danish composer, all of whose music is original. »Carl Nielsen's music exudes a special, unfathomable atmosphere,« says Blomstedt. «It is full of Danish humour: very earnest, yet at the same time very amusing as well as sublime.«

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