Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No.9
The Philharmonia's Richard Strauss 150th Anniversary Celebration continues with one of his finest works, the Four Last Songs.
The work was premiered in 1950 by the newly formed Philharmonia Orchestra in London. Few compositions come close to its autumnal peace, best shown in its final movement, Im Abendrot, which portrays an ageing couple watching the setting sun.
A classic example of late-period Romanticism, Bruckner's unfinished yet monumental Symphony No.9 plumbs the depths of human emotion, rich with drama and spiritual uplift.
Please note, the repertoire for this concert has changed from that originally advertised. Beethoven's Leonore Overture No.1 and Mahler's Symphony No.1 are replaced by Bruckner's Ninth SymphonyPerformers
Christoph von Dohnányi conductor
Eva-Maria Westbroek soprano