Valery Gergiev and the Münchner Philharmoniker perform Hector Berlioz’s The Trojans and Richard Strauss’ symphonic poems Don Juan and Ein Heldenleben.
The program opens with Don Juan, a pillar of the symphonic repertoire. Composed in 1888, the work draws on a dramatic text by Nicolas Lenau. The four singers—Yulia Matochkina, Yekaterina Krapivina, Sergey Semishkur, and Evgeny Akhmedov—then join the Philharmoniker for a performance of the fifth act from Berlioz's Troyens (1858), an opera whose libretto was largely inspired by Virgil’s Latin epic, The Aeneid. The concert closes with Richard Strauss’ greatest symphonic poem: Ein Heldenleben ("A Hero’s Life"). Completed in 1898, the work was the colossal pièce de résistance of Strauss' decades of symphonic poem composition, and quickly proved to be the pinnacle of this fantastical musical genre.
Photo: Valery Gergiev © Andrea Huber
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