Thursday 27 Feb 2014, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
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Christoph von Dohnányi conductor
Martin Helmchen piano
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1
Richard Strauss Ein Heldenleben
The 35-year-old Richard Strauss caused a sensation with his tone poem ‘A Hero’s Tale’ when it was premièred in 1898, shocking musicians and critics with what was assumed to be an egotistical display of musical autobiography. Since then opinion has been divided – might it be an ironic statement of musical bombast? – but few disagree that it is an extraordinary achievement, rich with flamboyance, colour and pictorial drama.
Regrettably, there is no late entry point in the first half of this concert. Latecomers will only be admitted after the interval.
This concert is part of the Strauss 150th Anniversary 2014 series