Vassily Sinaisky conductor | Aga Mikolaj soprano
Strauss Don Juan; Orchestral Songs: Das Rosenband, Wiegenlied, Morgen, Winterweihe,
Waldseligkeit, Des Dichters Abendgang | Strauss Symphonia domestica
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6.15pm in The Barbirolli Room:
A short play by Michael Kennedy about Richard Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The event is free, but capacity is limited and entrance will be on a first-come first-serve basis on the evening.
7.00pm: Pre-concert performance in the foyer
Students from the RNCM will perform Strauss’s Serenade for 13 wind instruments.
Owing to illness, the soprano Susan Gritton will be unable to perform. The BBC Philharmonic are delighted, however, to welcome Aga Mikolaj who has agreed to step in at short notice and will be performing orchestral songs by Richard Strauss.
It’s either music’s most spectacular family portrait, or one of the biggest leg-pulls in twentieth century art. But when Richard Strauss welcomes us into his family home in the astonishing Symphonia Domestica, one thing’s for sure – it’s business as usual, as baby gets bathed, dinner is served, and Mum and Dad quarrel and make up, all set to some of the warmest funniest, and most gloriously over-the-top music even Strauss ever wrote. After all, as Strauss put it, “what could be more serious than family life”? Vassily Sinaisky takes us through the keyhole tonight, escorts Aga Mikolaj through some of Strauss’s gorgeous songs, and splashes on the Fabergé Brut for Don Juan – Strauss’s testosterone-charged musical portrait of the world’s greatest lover.