Strauss’ music pays homage to the greats of German musical culture, as fragments inspired by Mozart, Bach and Beethoven, including the Funeral March from the Eroica Symphony, weave and expand across the ensemble.
In contrast, hear a rare performance of a piece written almost 200 years earlier by Italian composer Boccherini. He built on the legacy of Haydn but expanded the musical role of the cello to striking effect – his A minor quintet uses two, incorporating powerful dark melodies and guitar-inspired percussive sonorities.
This concert is part of the Philharmonia Chamber Players series.
PerformersSarah Oates violin
RepertoireLuigi Boccherini: String Quintet in A minor, Op.25 No.6
Hear the musical drama magnified across the full Orchestra, as Edward Gardner conducts Strauss’ autobiographical Ein Heldenleben and Brahms’ majestic First Piano Concerto in the evening programme at 7.30pm.
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