Christian Thielemann conducts Liszt, Strauss and Bach
Philharmonic Biennale: “Late Night”
Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552 (orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg)
Die Tageszeiten, song cycle for male choir and orchestra, op. 76
Two lesser known masterworks of the Golden Twenties: as Arnold Schoenberg bathed Bach’s monumental Prelude and Fugue in the instrumental colours of a large symphony orchestra in early 1928, Richard Strauss had completed his latest work a few weeks earlier. The cycle Die Tageszeiten(The Times of Day),based on poems by Eichendorff, is in no way inferior to the beauty of the famous Four Last Songs. After the interval the “Dante Symphony” by Franz Liszt, a composer who admired both Schoenberg and Strauss, offers a musical foretaste of the hereafter.