RPO Journeys of Discovery: Awakening
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Vasily Petrenko and pianist Simon Trpčeski, perform a programme of music representing Romanticism in all its colours.
It starts and ends in utter darkness, casting the moments of light and revelation in sharp relief.
In his overture, Wagner underscores Faust’s pact with the devil with music of fear and trepidation.
After its famous sunrise, Strauss' tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra fades into a question mark at the stroke of midnight.
Both give us heroes who are reaching desperately for enlightenment, either grappling with evil forces or declaring ‘God is dead’.
For Faust, the struggle is between faith, intellect and passion. For Zarathustra, the prophet, only humanity can solve its own riddles.
This is German Romanticism at its headiest, with music that is both brooding and bold. Wagner’s ‘unending melody’ is the perfect match for Faust’s yearning and deep-held passions, while Strauss takes us in nine imaginative scenes from desolation to a mountain-top awakening and the dawn of a new understanding.
Mountains of a different kind define Grieg’s piano concerto, the melodic richness of which echoes the beauty of the fjords. The finale is inspired by a folk fiddle dance that challenges how high the dancers can jump.
This is a work that invites you to embrace the simpler pleasures in life, performed by the unforgettable Trpčeski.
- Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
- Vasily Petrenko conductor
- Simon Trpceski piano
- Wagner: Eine Faust-Ouvertüre
- Grieg: Piano Concerto
- Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra
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