Introduction to Strauss's Death and Transfiguration

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‘The LPO was in superb form both corporately – responsive, lustrous and resplendent – and in many fine solo contributions.’
Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 20 March 2014

‘Emanuel Ax was the soloist, weighty yet gracefully flamboyant in a performance that was less abrasive than some: the piece is playful rather than barbed, and the eventual dissolution of its humour into the dreamy waltz with which it closes was exquisitely done.’ (4 stars)
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 20 March 2014

‘The Brahmsian filigree in the solo part merrily trickled off Ax’s fingers; orchestra and pianist fused together, garrulous, energetic, friends for life.’ (4 stars)
Geoff Brown, The Times, 20 March 2014

'Two great performers in two very different styles, and an orchestra in cracking form, made this concert something special' (4 stars)
Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 20 March 2014

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Royal Festival Hall 2013/14

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Transcendence and Transfiguration

Orchestral contrasts from Mozart, Bach and R Strauss

7:30 PM, ​ Royal Festival Hall, London

Mozart Symphony No. 38 (Prague)
R Strauss Burleske
J S Bach Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052
R Strauss Death and Transfiguration

David Zinman conductor
Emanuel Ax piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Richard Strauss was unusually young when he set about creating his musical vision of mortality. In his metaphysical tone-poem Death and Transfiguration, Strauss depicted an artist slipping into death, glimpsing in his journey to the spirit world the perfection he strived for in his work. The composer’s vision proved uncannily accurate. ‘This business of dying is just the way I composed it in Death and Transfiguration’, Strauss said to his daughter-in-law 60 years later as he lay on his deathbed. His piece is certainly overwhelming and vivid, preceded here by music of precision and profundity by Bach and Mozart.

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