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SZ charity concert with Daniel Harding

Friday, 11. November 2022, 8.00 pm
Munich, Isarphilharmonie
Introduction 6.45 pm


Richard Strauss
»Don Juan«, Op. 20

Richard Strauss
»Four Last Songs«, TrV 296


Richard Strauss
»Also sprach Zarathustra«, Op. 30, TrV 176

Daniel Harding, Conductor

Sarah Wegener, Soprano

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Daniel Harding © Julian Hargreaves

It is with great regret that Zubin Mehta has to cancel his upcoming engagements with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks due to an acute state of exhaustion. The British conductor Daniel Harding, who has long enjoyed a close and friendly working relationship with the BRSO, will conduct the benefit concert in aid of the SZ Advent Calendar on Friday, 11 November in the Isarphilharmonie.

about the programme

This all-Strauss programme spans the composer’s entire life, from the intoxicating vitality of Don Juan, composed at the age of 24, to the melancholy retrospection and farewell that he transmuted into beauty in the Four Last Songs in 1948, a year before his death. The third piece on the programme, Thus Spake Zarathustra, is perhaps the most ambitious of Strauss’s tone-poems: the clash of two disparate tonalities (C major and B major) and the juxtaposition of rigorous musical forms and philosophically-tinged intertitles lend a spellbinding force to this Nietzschean homage. Even without specific references to the historical Zarathustra, Nietzsche and Strauss did much to make Zoroastrianism better known in Europe.

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