- R. Strauss
- Four Last Songs
- Symphony No. 4
- Aga Mikolaj
- Yoel Levi
Brussels Philharmonic, joined by the former Music Director of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Yoel Levi and soprano Susan Gritton, give a performance of Strauss’ Four Last Songs. The piece, often quoted as his epitaph, is full of orchestral colour, radiant lyricism and Strauss’ life-long love affair with the soprano voice.
Polish soprano Aga Mikolaj, former member of Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper and who studied with the late Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, has built her reputation on Mozart’s leading ladies. Having now amassed a wide and varied repertoire including principal roles by Richard Strauss, Verdi and Wagner, she has gone on to enjoy operatic success throughout Europe as well as in the USA and Japan.
To end the evening, the orchestra plays Mahler’s ebullient Symphony No. 4. The symphony, described as Mahler’s sunniest, is full of expressive orchestral detail and glorious melodies.