Strauss’s Four Last Songs
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Friday 30 September 2011, 7.30pm
The Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen AB10 1QS
Beethoven Overture: Egmont (c.9')
Richard Strauss Four Last Songs (c.22')
Elgar Symphony No.2 (c.56')
Michaela Kaune soprano
Donald Runnicles conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Hamburg-born soprano Michaela Kaune is a member of Berlin's Deutsche Oper and a distinguished interpreter of Strauss's achingly beautiful Four Last Songs, composed at the very end of his life and not performed until after his death. The autumnal atmosphere of Strauss' songs is carried over into Elgar's inspiring Second Symphony. Elgar's grief at the loss of two friends, and perhaps also his despair over a doomed love affair give the symphony an intense air of noble tragedy that will make this performance a special experience.
This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
How to get there
- The Music Hall is only a 5 minute walk from the bus and rail station. Exit stations onto Guild Street. Cross at the crossing and turn left. Follow the road round and turn right along Bridge Street until you come to the Travel Lodge on the corner of Union Street. Look up to your left - on the opposite side of the street you will see the large, round granite pillars of the Music Hall. Cross diagonally (towards The Monkey House pub). Walk up Union Street and the Music Hall is on the second block up.
- From the South: Head northeast on A9013/Holburn St toward Justice Mill Lane. Continue to follow A9013 onto Union Street. Turn left at Huntly Street (for Chapel Street car park) or South Silver Street (for Golden Square). The Music Hall is located on Union Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1QS. From the North: Head north on A90/Ellon Road. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit and stay on A90/Ellon Road. Go through 1 roundabout. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A956/Ellon Road. Continue to follow A956. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A956/King Street. Continue to follow King Street. Continue on A9013/Union Street. Turn right at South Silver Street (for Golden Square) or Huntly Street (for Chapel Street car park). The Music Hall is located on Union Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1QS. From the West: At Queen's Roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Albyn Place. Slight left at A978/Alford Place. Slight left at A9013/Union Street. Turn left at Huntly Street (for Chapel Street car park) or South Silver Street (for Golden Square).
- Wheelchair users can be accommodated for all events in the stalls. Please advise the box office at the time of booking. Two wheelchair accessible toilets are available, a lowered payphone is situated next to reception and a lowered counter is available in the box office.