Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley
Two rarely heard masterpieces continue our 150th-anniversary celebrations of Richard Strauss: the mighty Festival Prelude and the Deutsche Motette (practically a concerto for choir). We move to more familiar musical territory with Strauss's Four Last Songs, whose late-Romantic nostalgia is shared by Elgar's Second Symphony
R Strauss: Festival Prelude
R Strauss: Deutsche Motette
R Strauss: Four Last Songs
Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major
Inger Dam-Jensen (soprano)
Suzanne Shakespeare (soprano)
Tara Erraught (mezzo soprano)
Adrian Dwyer (tenor)
Brindley Sherratt (bass)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko (conductor)
This Prom will be repeated on Friday 1st August at 2pm
Two rarely heard works continue our 150th-anniversary celebration of Richard Strauss. Scored for organ and an orchestra calling for no fewer than 10 trumpets (six offstage), the Festival Prelude packs symphonic weight into its brief duration.
It is matched for impact by the Deutsche Motette - a concerto for choir by any other name: its vocal lines trace the same expansive arcs and arabesques as the composer's exquisite, autumnal Four Last Songs. Maintaining the mood of late-Romantic nostalgia, Elgar's Second Symphony delights in flexible chromaticism, its shifting moods coloured in delicate shades.
This Prom will be repeated on Monday 4th August at 2pm.