Strauss Four Last Songs
Richard Strauss finished a prolific career as a writer of songs with four of the most sublime ever written, composed for his beloved soprano voice. Four Last Songs
was completed the year before he died and inspired by the poets Josef von Eichendorff and Herman Hesse, Four Last Songs
tackles the subject of death with serenity and acceptance. The glorious lyricisim of the writing demands a singer of soaring radiance and in Dorothea Röschmann we welcome one of the great sopranos performing today. “…the intelligence and commitment of her performance elevate the poetry.”
Shostakovich was midway through writing the Fourth Symphony when Pravda denounced him for the first time, following Stalin’s visit to see Lady MacBeth of the Mtsensk District
. He was under enormous pressure from the State to write a work that would restore his reputation, but the caricatured moods, violence and claustrophobia of the Fourth Symphony definitely did not fit the Communist Ideal the State would have preferred and Shostakovich cancelled the première. Instead his Fifth Symphony was the work to restore his reputation – a work which, it could be argued, hid his criticism and mockery of Stalin with more subtlety.
Shostakovich’s motivations and meanings may be unclear but listening to the Fourth reveals an enormous work on a huge scale. As part of the Association of British Orchestras’ Annual Conference, the Ulster Orchestra is delighted to welcome professional musicians from across Europe to create the huge orchestral force this work demands – around 100 musicians will take to the stage for this collaboration across the classical music industry.
Children under 16 go free!*
£2 discount for those aged 65+ & Great group discounts!
Under 26s, mature students and unemployed only £5!
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This concert is part of the Association of British Orchestras Annual Conference, proudly hosted by the Ulster Orchestra in 2019.