20 Dec 2013 Barbican, London

BBC SO 2013-14 Season Berg & Strauss Berg & Richard Strauss

Berg & Strauss


19:30 Friday 20 Dec 2013 Concert HallBarbican, London Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

  • Richard Wagner 1813–1883
  • A Faust Overture, WWV 59
  • Wesendonck-Lieder
  • Anton Webern 1883–1945
  • Passacaglia Passacaglia Also known as: Passacaglia, Op 1
  • Richard Wagner 1813–1883
  • Tristan and Isolde – Prelude, Act 1
  • Alban Berg 1885–1935
  • Seven Early Songs. Seven Early Songs. Also known as: Sieben frühe Lieder
  • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
  • Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 Also known as: Death and Transfiguration

Berg & Richard Strauss

Celebrated American soprano Christine Brewer is a very special guest for this sumptuous evening of Wagner, Strauss and composers of the Second Viennese School, conducted by Edward Gardner of English National Opera. Tristan and Isolde and the Wesendonck- Lieder belong to the same turbulent period of Wagner's life, when he was amorously involved with Mathilde Wesendonck. His settings of her poetry share the same heady chromaticism and ecstatic heights as Tristan, and find an echo in Strauss's lavish tone poem Death and Transfiguration. Webern's masterly Passacaglia anticipates the exquisitely heard, Expressionist world of Berg's Seven Early Songs.

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