Richard Strauss


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Katie Derham features the music of Richard Strauss all week with performances recorded at concerts given throughout Europe in this, his 150th anniversary year. With performances by the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics later in the week, we start today with Semyon Bychkov, one of today's leading Straussians leading the French National Orchestra to the heady peaks of Strauss's Alpine Symphony. Also today, there's a chance to hear the world premiere of a work by the leading Austrian composer, Georg Friedrich Haas, which also explores the Alpine landscape with solos for a quartet of Alpine horns.


Horn Concerto no 1 in E flat, op.11

Stefan Dohr (horn)

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Alexander Vedernikov (conductor)

c. 2.15pm

Symphonic Interlude No. 2 from 'Intermezzo, op. 72' 'Träumerei am Kamin'

Orchestre National de France, Semyon Bychkov (conductor)


Wesendonck Lieder

Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano)

c. 2.45pm

Georg Friedrich Haas

Concerto Grosso No. 1, for alphorn quartet and orchestra (2014) (Première)

Ensemble Hornroh

Balthasar Streiff, Helène Berglund, Jennifer Tauder, Michael Büttler (alphorns)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Susanna Mälkki (conductor)

c. 3.20pm

Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op. 64

Followed by music by Rameau.

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Katie Derham continues this week's exploration of the music of Richard Strauss beginning today with his Second Horn Concerto. Written in Vienna during the Second World War, it is a characteristic late work by the composer which reflects in every bar his life-long love affair with the horn. Indeed Strauss's father was for fifty years the noted and famously truculent principal horn of the Munich Court Opera Orchestra, so this performance recorded in Munich is particularly apt.

Also today, Semyon Bychkov leads the Berlin Philharmonic and its principals in Strauss's Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character and Schubert's towering 'Great C Major' symphony. Written towards the end of Schubert's short life, it was Schumann who was the first to realise the significance of this hour long symphony lying on the shelves of Schubert's brother, Ferdinand: "The sight of this hoard of riches thrilled me with joy..." he wrote, "There, among the piles, lay a heavy volume of 130 pages, dated March 1828 at the top of the first sheet. The manuscript is entirely in Schubert's hand, which often appears to have been flying as fast as his pen could go."


Horn Concerto no 2 in E flat

Jörg Brückner (horn)

Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

c. 2.40pm

Don Quixote, op. 35

Máté Szücs (viola)

Bruno Delepelaire (cello)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov (conductor)



Symphony no 9 in C major 'The Great'


Katie Derham presents two great late works by Richard Strauss and Anton Bruckner. Strauss's Oboe Concerto, written at the behest of an American serviceman who visited the aged Strauss at his Bavarian home at the end of the war, is the work that heralded his incredible Indian Summer. In it's effortless blend of rococo whimsy and serene elegy it could not be further removed from the anguished outpourings which precede the heavenly serenity which the dying Bruckner finally found in the closing pages of his unfinished last symphony.


Oboe Concerto in D

Olivier Doise (oboe)

Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

c. 2.25pm


Symphony no. 9 in D minor

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor).

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Katie Derham concludes her exploration of the music of Richard Strauss with his most famous tone poem in a performance recorded in Vienna's Musikverein at the beginning of this Strauss anniversary year. Also today, a symphony by Haydn and an oratorio by Bach's youngest son. C P E Bach considered his The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus to be one of his greatest works, a reflection agreed upon by audiences at the time, and succeeding generations of composers, including Haydn and Beethoven who both drew inspiration from it.


Symphony No. 90 in C, Hob. I:90

Vienna Philharmonic Orchetsra, Andris Nelsons (conductor)

c. 2.25pm

CPE Bach

Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu, Wq 240 (H. 777),

(1788, Vienna)

Miah Persson (soprano)

Maximilian Schmitt (tenor)

Michael Nagy (bass)

RIAS Chamber Chorus

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, René Jacobs (conductor)

René Jacobs

c. 3.50pm


Also sprach Zarathustra, op. 30

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Andris Nelsons (conductor).