This programme, is an opportunity to hear two very different chamber works by Richard Strauss. The first, Capriccio, is a string sextet which features at the beginning of his opera by the same name. The second, the iconic Metamorphosen, is played here in its less well-known string septet realisation. Capriccio looks back to Strauss’ early compositional style, with writing that reflects his post-Wagnerian, late romantic works of the late 1800s. Metamorphosen, on the other hand, is a more complex, darker piece that was written at a time when Strauss was mourning the destruction of Germany, and particularly its major opera houses, during the Second World War. Metamorphosen contains music of great sadness alongside expressions of beauty and hope – a piece that could be considered the perfect metaphor for our current Covid situation.
Violins, Caroline Pether, Simmy Singh
Violas, Lowri Thomas, Kim Becker
Cellos, Steph Tress, Deni Teo
Double Bass, Elen Roberts
Recorded live in the Dora Stoutzker Hall on 14 Nov.
- Strauss Capriccio, Op.85, for string sextet
- Strauss Metamorphosen, realisation for string septet by Rudolf Leopold