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Sun, Jun. 01, 2025, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall

9th Philharmonic Concert

Bertrand de Billy

Richard Strauss: “Moonlight Music” and final scene from the opera “Capriccio”

Richard Strauss: “Four Last Songs”

Richard Strauss: “A Hero’s Life” tone poem op. 40

As part of the Hamburg International Music Festival

Dirigent: Bertrand de Billy
Sopran: Maria Bengtsson
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

Richard Strauss - a celebrated composer, politically controversial cultural figure and undoubtedly an artist who was ahead of his time - is the musical portrait of this concert. Confidants described him as a humorous person who never let fame go to his head. His loves were music, his family and playing cards (he was even said to be a good loser). He began composing at the age of six. He reached the first peak of his instrumentation art with his famous tone poem “A Hero's Life”. Critics accused him of shameless self-glorification in this work, but Strauss said: “I am no hero. I lack the necessary strength; I am not made for battle; I prefer to withdraw, to enjoy peace and quiet…” If you want to look for autobiographical traits in his work, it’s worth taking a look at the “Four Last Songs”, which contain his examination of the themes of death and Farewell reflects – an artistic legacy; a farewell to this world.

Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg

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