The Cultural Heart of Germany comes to the Cultural Heart of London

Gewandhausorchester from Leipzig performs at the Royal Festival Hall. Peter Morrell reports

The Gewandhausorchester recently performed two concerts conducted by Andris Nelsons at London’s Royal Festival Hall. I attended the second concert and it was superb. The program started with the UK premiere of Māra for symphony orchestra a brand new work by Andris Dzenitis the Latvian composer. It is a mystical piece at evoking the ancient pagan rites of his homeland.

The second piece was by Tchaikovsky and had pieces from two of the composer’s operas, The Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin. It showed Tchaikovsky’s talent at its peak.

The final and most powerful segment was Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. This emotional and dynamic work featured the outstanding soprano Kristine Opolais.

The orchestra’s performances were an excellent showcase for the breadth and depth of attractions in the Cultural Heart of Germany, a unique locations of art and history

Saxony and Thuringia and the two states forming the Cultural Heart of Germany. There are Cultural treasures, hidden gems and inspiring destinations are all yours to discover!

The central German federal states of Saxony and Thuringia stand for a unique wealth of culture. The region features numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, the Bauhaus sites in Weimar. Visitors can walk in the steps of cultural icons such as Bach or Wagner and explore where the composers lived and work. Cities and towns like Dresden, Leipzig, Görlitz, Weimar or Erfurt are full of stunning historic architecture and cultural attractions. They are also buzzing urban centres with plenty of character and perfect for discerning city breakers. Add our great outdoors, beautiful parks and gardens plus many unique festivals and events – and you’ll be sure to find something to your liking!