Elin Manahan Thomas presents the BBC NOW performing at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff. Strauss: Metamorphosen. Mahler: Ruckert-Lieder. Plus Strauss: Don Juan.
Elin Manahan Thomas presents the first of a series of concerts, live from BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff, in which the BBC National Orchestra of Wales play works from the twentieth century commissioned by the Swiss impresario Paul Sacher. Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard directs the orchestra in Metamorphosen by Richard Strauss, a profound elegy in the form of a symphonic adagio, written in a remarkable burst of creative energy in 1944 when Strauss was 80. Radio 3 New Generation Artist Ben Johnson sings Mahler's settings of texts by Friedrich Rückert. Mahler identified himself strongly with the nineteenth century poet, and although these five songs were never meant to be a cycle, they share an intense emotional language.
After the concert Louise Fryer presents the BBC NOW on tour around Wales. At the Arts Centre in Aberystwyth, Alexander Shelley conducts more music by Strauss, this time his youthful tone poem Don Juan, a re-casting of the story of the thrill-seeking Don Giovanni in a brilliant display of orchestral virtuosity and colour.
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