Thursday 5 Jun 2014, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
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Christoph von Dohnányi conductor
Eva-Maria Westbroek soprano
Richard Strauss Four Last Songs
Bruckner Symphony No. 9
We end our Strauss series fittingly with the composer’s last completed work – a work that was premièred 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, closing their eyes. Bruckner’s monumental Ninth Symphony, which completes the concert, stands alongside the other epoch-defining Ninth symphonies of Beethoven and Mahler.
Please note, the repertoire for this concert has changed from what was originally advertised. (Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 1 and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 will no longer be performed, and Bruckner's Ninth Symphony will now be performed in the second half).
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