Sunday Matinee Series | Andris Nelsons conducts Strauss and Beethoven
Tonight's programme features three highly autobiographical masterworks. The 'Pastoral' Sympony, is Beethoven's ultimate musical response to nature, his most cherished and dependable companion in life. In Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche ('Till Eulenspiegel's merry pranks') the exuberant young Strauss clearly associates himself with the main character as he gleefully wreaks havoc in a market place and upsets a group of passing nuns, disguised as a clergyman. Berg's Violin Concerto, composed to 'the memory of an angel', is a heartbreaking lament for Manon Gropius, the hauntingly beautiful daughter of Alma Mahler (composer Gustav's widow) by her second marriage.
- Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
- Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
- Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, 'To the memory of an angel'
- Alban Berg (1885-1935)
- Symphony No 6 in F, 'Pastoral'
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)