What do glaciers and flowery meadows sound like? Fabio Luisi is our guide on Richard Strauss’s journey through the Alps.
Richard Strauss could use the orchestra to depict absolutely anything. In fact, he believed he could turn a glass of beer into music so precisely that anyone could correctly identify the brand. A memory of a mountain hike he made as a child served as the inspiration for Eine Alpensinfonie. The sunrise, a forest, a stream, a waterfall, flowery meadows, a glacier, moments of danger, mist, the view from the mountaintop, a thunderstorm – Strauss’s musical inventiveness knows no limits. Even for those not familiar with the programme, this is breathtaking orchestral music.
Nikolai Szeps-Znaider appears as soloist with the Concertgebouworkest in Brahms’s Violin Concerto. There may be no mountain streams or waterfalls in Brahms, but the eloquence of pure melodic richness and the art of variation abound: music is music!