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Richard Strauss Gala Concert

Richard Strauss Gala Concert

2019 April 12, Friday, 18.30
Klaipėda Concert Hall, Other location
Performers
Soloists:
VIKTORIJA MIŠKŪNAITĖ (soprano, the Marschallin)
ANASTASIA LEBEDYANTSEVA (mezzo-soprano, Octavian)
GUNTA GELGOTĖ (soprano, Sophie)
Programme
Richard Strauss Gala Concert

RICHARD STRAUSS – Tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30; Vier letzte Liederfor soprano and orchestra, Op. Posth.; Suite and final trio from the opera Rosenkavallier, Op. 59 

In 2019, we celebrate the 155th birth and the 70th death anniversaries of Austrian composer Richard Strauss. Having been not only a composer, but also a talented conductor, erudite and a personality of subtle critical mind R. Strauss substantially influenced the art of music and performing culture of the time. His creative career started at the time when Wagner was still alive and ended after the WWII was over. Apparently, his main ‘instrument’ was a gigantic orchestra. The composer was well familiar with the possibilities of symphonic orchestra. He wrote more than 20 large-scale orchestral works, including a tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra) – the only work in which Nietzsche’s philosophical novel became the object of musical interpretation. Yet another opus featured on tonight’s programme is Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), the world’s greatest sopranos’ favourite vocal cycle. It is akin to resume of R. Strauss’ creative output, his musical testament, an example of the sublimation and simplicity of his late musical vocabulary, one more and the last triumph of the master of orchestration. Tonight the vocal part is entrusted to Lithuanian soprano Viktorija Miškūnaitė, a recipient of two Golden Stage Crosses.

The musical celebration will be crowned by the concert performance of the excerpts from R. Strauss’ most popular opera Rosenkavalier. After scandalous productions of one-act operas Salome and Elektra, the composer turned towards ‘refinement of style’, thus Rosenkavalier resonates with ‘heavenly Mozart’. However, in addition to graceful lyricism and melancholic thoughtfulness one enjoys unexpected turns of the plot and boisterous humour so characteristic of R. Strauss. Under the baton of Maestro Modestas Pitrėnas the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra shares the stage with Lithuanian opera soloists Viktorija Miškūnaitė and Gunta Gelgotė as well as Latvian singer Anastasia Lebedyantseva.

 
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