Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklarung
Richard Strauss: Waldseligkeit, Op.49 No.1
Richard Strauss: Ruhe, meine Seele, Op.27 No.1
Richard Strauss: Cacilie, Op.27 No.2
Richard Strauss: Allerseelen, Op.10 No.8
Richard Strauss: Das Rosenband, Op.36 No.1
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No.5
Soprano Angela Denoke performs Strauss songs conducted by Andris Nelsons, who ends the concert with Beethoven's iconic Symphony No.5.
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony became a symphonic archetype for the Romantic generation. Its emotional journey from darkness to light, rescuing victory from the jaws of Fate, can be heard resonating strongly in music over the next century and beyond.
Even the young firebrand, Richard Strauss, could not escape its omnipotent presence, as witness his mesmerising tone poem Tod und Verklärung ('Death and Transfiguration'), an extraordinary achievement for a 25-year-old, which traces an artist's final moments before being transported to 'the infinite reaches of Heaven'.
Strauss' songs are magical distillations of his creative genius - he claimed that it took him around ten minutes to compose each one!
Andris Nelsons conductor
Angela Denoke soprano