26, 27 November 2020

Concerts cancelled for audience

Dudamel conducts Strauss

Tickets & Programme
November 2020 Thursday 19:00
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
November 2020 Thursday 21:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
November 2020 Friday 19:00
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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November 2020 Friday 21:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Sale has ended
Ludwig van Beethoven Strijkkwartet nr. 11 in f kl.t., op. 95, 'serioso' (arr. Mahler)
Richard Wagner Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Richard Strauss Death and transfiguration

Gustavo Dudamel and the Concertgebouworkest cover many aspects of the Romantic Period in a programme with Richard Strauss’s early masterpiece Tod und Verklärung, Wagner’s well-loved Vorspiel und Liebestod from ‘Tristan und Isolde’ and Mahler’s orchestration of an intense Beethoven string quartet.

The highest ideals

After more than seven years, Gustavo Dudamel returns to the Concertgebouworkest, conducting three important highlights of the nineteenth century. In his early masterpiece Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), Richard Strauss describes the last hours of a man and the realisation of his ideal: ‘The idea was to write a tone poem describing the last hours of a man who had striven for the highest ideals. […] The soul leaves his body, to discover in the eternal cosmos the magnificent realisation of the ideal that could not be fulfilled here below.’ The serious subject of Tod und Verklärung was very much what would have been expected of a sensitive philosophically-minded romantic composer such as Richard Strauss.

Dark and intense

The opening work is Mahler’s 1898 orchestration of Beethoven’s compact, dark and intense ‘Quartetto serioso’ from 1810. The orchestra declares its love to the audience performing the Vorspiel und Liebestod from Wagners opera Tristan und Isolde, one of the most influential works of the nineteenth century.