PODIUM SERIES - MONUMENTAL

Hamish McKeich Conductor
Emma Pearson Soprano

R Strauss Metamorphosen
R Strauss Four Last Songs
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 

Two of Strauss’ late works deal in their own way with the end of all things. Metamorphosen has been interpreted as a lament to the destruction of Germany in World War II. In Four Last Songs, Strauss expresses the mellow sweetness of looking back, in the winter of your years, upon a life well lived. 

The programme concludes with Tchaikovsky’s well-loved Fifth Symphony. Not well-received upon its premiere, it has won a place in every concert-goer’s heart for its colourful orchestration, its emotional qualities, and its brooding, soul-stirring melodies.

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