Classics Series B
Strauss, Ravel and More
Dec 1, 2017 – Dec 2, 2017 at the Centennial Concert Hall
Ideals Richard Strauss couldn’t resist a story. In Death and Transfiguration, a dying man, presumably Strauss himself, recalls the artistic ideals he didn’t achieve and as the fatal hour arrives, his soul takes leave. But now, the eternal cosmos presents a magnificent realization of the ideal.
In 1919, Ravel started work on a tribute to Vienna. But World War I had ended with a “fatefully inescapable whirlpool.” So, Ravel created a waltz that emerges from surreal mists, moves to the ballroom, only to end in a crash of orchestral colour, its waltz time destroyed forever. Dvořák’s tragically devilish tale and Estacio’s sparkling new Trumpet Concerto complete the evening.
The Water GoblinAntonín Dvořák
Trumpet ConcertoJohn Estacio
Death and TransfigurationRichard Strauss
La valseMaurice Ravel
Strauss & RavelFri, Dec 1, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Richard Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration tells of an artist, his ideals and realizations as he enters his final hours. Ravel’s La valse is a brilliant showpiece inside a surreal ballroom that recalls the composer’s feelings of the “fatefully inescapable whirlpool” at the close of World War I.
- Jun Markl, conductor
- Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration)
- Ravel: La valse,poème chorégraphique