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)
Symphonic Interlude No. 2 from 'Intermezzo, op. 72' 'Träumerei am Kamin'
Orchestre National de France, Semyon Bychkov (conductor)
Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano)
Georg Friedrich Haas
Concerto Grosso No. 1, for alphorn quartet and orchestra (2014) (Première)
Balthasar Streiff, Helène Berglund, Jennifer Tauder, Michael Büttler (alphorns)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Susanna Mälkki (conductor)
Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op. 64
Followed by music by Rameau.