London Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven, Strauss
Live from the Barbican, Nikolaj Znaider conducts the LSO. Beethoven: Symphony No 5. Strauss: Tod und Verklarung; Closing scene from Capriccio (with Anne Schwanewilms: soprano).
Live from the Barbican Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley
The London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Nikolaj Znaider perform Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and works by Richard Strauss, including the closing scene from Capriccio, with soprano Anne Schwanewilms.
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor
Strauss: Tod und Verklärung
Strauss: Closing scene from Capriccio
Anne Schwanewilms (soprano)
London Symphony Orchestra
conductor Nikolaj Znaider
The violinist and conductor Nikolaj Znaider returns to the LSO to continue his exploration of Strauss from last season. The second half opens with Strauss's tone poem Death and Transfiguration, where a dying man sees his life pass before him, ending in his death and redemption. Strauss described Capriccio, his last opera, as his "testament". Anne Schwanewilms sings the closing scene where the Countess Madeleine, unable to choose between two lovers, sings of the inseparability of words and music.
Znaider describes studying the Beethoven symphonies as one of the key moments in his decision to take up conducting, and so he has chosen to begin the concert with one of Beethoven's most frequently performed works, the Fifth Symphony.