Richard Strauss Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, op. 28
Mieczysław Weinberg Concert for trumpet and orchestra B flat major, op. 94
Antonín Dvořák Die Waldtaube, op. 110
Béla Bartók Der wunderbare Mandarin (Suite), op. 19
The Lithuanian conductor Giedrė Šlekytė, winner of the renowned Malko Conducting Competition and internationally sought-after guest conductor, is a guest of the Staatsorchester Stuttgart for the first time. Two symphonic poems will be performed under her direction: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks), in which Richard Strauss humorously captures the impudent deeds of the late medieval rogue, and Antonín Dvořák's Die Waldtaube (The Wood Dove), based on a ballad by the Czech poet Karel Jaromír Erben. In between, Tine Thing Helseth, Norwegian Echo Classic prizewinner, interprets Mieczysław Weinberg's Trumpet Concerto, which was first performed in Moscow in 1968. Oscillating between impulsive motility, intimate tenderness and abysmal tragedy, it is one of the most fascinating concertos for the instrument since Joseph Haydn and Johann Nepomuk Hummel. The brilliant finale is the suite from Béla Bartók's dance pantomime Der wunderbare Mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), with which the Hungarian composer caused a theatre scandal at the Cologne Opera in 1926. Bartók set the brutal murder drama, which is set in a bleak metropolitan milieu, to music with an irrepressible musical energy and explosive dynamics.