Strauss 150

Strauss 150

At the Barbican and on LSO Live

Strauss 150

Born in Munich in 1864, Richard Strauss began composing at the age of six, the first steps of a career that spanned over 60 years at the forefront of musical life in Europe. This summer, 150 years after his birth, the LSO is set to explore his legacy with a series focusing on some of his towering achievements as a composer, plus a Discovery Day that promises to give an insight into his life and career. There are also special offers on the Orchestra's critically acclaimed Strauss recordings on LSO Live.

A contemporary of Mahler and Elgar, Strauss touched on almost every genre over the course of his career, as the musical world around him shifted from the late-Romanticism of the 19th century to the shocking innovations of modernism. His tone poems, written at the turn of the century, represent his first breakthrough; in these evocative orchestral works, which use music to tell a story, Strauss was able to give voice to the artistic, literary and philosophical influences that his insatiably curious mind absorbed.

The LSO's concerts this summer survey this vivid, brilliantly scored music. Macbeth, an early work, is conducted by Sir Mark Elder, alongside the lively tale of mischievous folk prankster Till Eulenspiegel. Don Juan, the tone poem that made Strauss' name when he was 24 years old, is paired with the iconic Also sprach Zarathustra in May, conducted by Nikolaj Znaider, and towards the end of the season Fabio Luisi conducts Ein Heldenleben, the portrait of 'a hero's life'.

After establishing his formidable reputation in orchestral music, Strauss turned his attention to opera, writing works that captivated and sometimes scandalised the public. This summer, Sir Mark Elder conducts extracts from Der Rosenkavalier, one of Strauss' most popular works, a comic opera set in 18th-century Vienna, which gently pastiches the Italian operas of the Classical era.

Strauss 150: On LSO Live

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Strauss 150: The Concerts

> Thu 1 May
BRAHMS Double Concerto for Violin,
Cello and Orchestra
STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra
Nikolaj Znaider conductor
Roman Simovic violin
Tim Hugh cello
London Symphony Orchestra

> Sun 4 May
LSO Discovery Day: Richard Strauss
A morning rehearsal at the Barbican followed by a talk by Dr Barbara Eichner (Oxford Brookes University) and a performance of Strauss' moving Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings, performed by LSO players and Guildhall musicians.

Sun 4 May
STRAUSS Wind Serenade
MOZART Piano Concerto No 22 K482
STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel
Sir Mark Elder conductor
Imogen Cooper piano
London Symphony Orchestra

Thu 8 May
MOZART Symphony No 38
STRAUSS Extracts from ‘Der Rosenkavalier’
Sir Mark Elder conductor
Soloists include:
Anne Schwanewilms Marschallin
Sarah Connolly Octavian
Lucy Crowe Sophie
London Symphony Orchestra

Sun 22 Jun
STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben
BEETHOVEN Mass in C major
Fabio Luisi conductor
Soloists include:
Christiane Oelze soprano
Anna Stephany mezzo-soprano
Timothy Oliver tenor
Matthew Rose bass
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

Event Calendar

< September 2014 >

The Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2014

Exploring the art of conducting with the Jury and Candidates of the 2014 competition, held in London on 6–8 December 2014. The winner of the competition was Elim Chan.


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