Richard Strauss

The composer Richard Strauss, born on June 11th 1864 in Munich, was one of the most multi-faceted musical personalities of the late 19th and early to mid-20th centuries. While his early works were couched in traditional classic forms and genres, in...  more

"Don Juan", Opus 20

Composed in 1888, "Don Juan", Opus 20, is Richard Strauss´s third symphonic tone poem based on a specific subject. As a general heading, Strauss preceded this composition with three paragraphs from Nicolaus Lenau´s "dramatic poem" written in 1844...

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Hector Berlioz

Since sparking a furore throughout Europe with his "Symphonie fantastique" in 1830, Hector Berlioz (born on December 11th 1803 in La Côte St. André (Isère)) has ranked among the fathers of "program music”. This work then joined with Liszt’s...  more

"Les Troyens" (The Trojans), 5th act

Intermission

Richard Strauss

The composer Richard Strauss, born on June 11th 1864 in Munich, was one of the most multi-faceted musical personalities of the late 19th and early to mid-20th centuries. While his early works were couched in traditional classic forms and genres, in...  more

"Ein Heldenleben" (A Hero´s Life), Opus 40

"I don’t see why I shouldn’t make a symphony about myself. I find myself every bit as interesting as Napoleon or Alexander,” Strauss once confessed to the French poet Romain Rolland. And indeed this "tone poem for large orchestra” Ein Heldenleben...

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Valery Gergiev, conductor

Born in Moscow, Valery Gergiev initially studied conducting under Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory. While still a student, he won the Herbert von Karajan conducting competition in Berlin. In 1978, aged 24, Valery Gergiev became assistant...  more

Yulia Matochkina, soprano

Yekaterina Krapivina, mezzosoprano

Sergei Semishkur, tenor

Sergey Semishkur was born in Kirov, Russia and was graduated from the Nizhny-Novgorod State Glinka Conservatory with degrees in choral conducting and voice. He has been a soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre since 2007 where his wide range of operatic...  more

Evgeny Akhmedov, tenor

Yuri Vorobiev, bass

Philharmonischer Chor München, musical production: Andreas Herrmann

The Philharmonic Chorus of Munich is one of the leading large scale concert choruses in Germany and partner chorus of the Munich Philharmonic. Its repertoire ranges throughout the choral music of every period, from early polyphonic works all the way...  more