31 Jul 2014, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2014 Prom 19: R. Strauss & Elgar

Prom 19: R. Strauss & Elgar
Prom 19: R. Strauss & Elgar
19:30 Thu 31 Jul 2014 Royal Albert Hall
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.
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.

Programme

      • Festival Prelude.(11 mins)
      • Deutsche Motet(19 mins)
      • Four Last Songs(24 mins)
        • interval
        • Symphony No 2 in E flat major(57 mins)

    About this event

    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.

     

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