Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs


Wednesday 10th November 2021 - Sunday 14th November 2021

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Tickets from £14.50. £5.50 tickets available for full-time students. Under 30s discount available. All inclusive of booking fees

Wednesday 10 November 2021 - 2.15pm
Thursday 11 November 2021 - 7.30pm (Vera Clegg memorial concert)
Sunday 14 November 2021 - 4pm
Approximate running time including interval: 1 hour 50 mins

Howell - Lamia
R. Strauss - Four Last Songs
R. Strauss - Serenade
Mozart - Symphony No.41, ‘Jupiter’

Christian Reif *

Natalya Romaniw, soprano

A concert curated around beginnings and endings with Richard Strauss centre-stage, contrasting his teenage Serenade with his swansong, Four Last Songs, composed aged 84. Couched in glowing autumnal hues by a vocal and orchestral master, they’ll be sung by Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw, last with the Hallé in Manchester in 2016 when she thrilled concert-goers in Beethoven’s Ninth. She’s joined by the young German conductor Christian Reif, a Hallé newcomer, whose career has developed apace in the States when Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony. To start, Lamia is a Straussian symphonic poem, inspired by Keats, written by the 20-year-old Dorothy Howell and premiered by Henry Wood at the 1919 Proms. The concert concludes with Mozart’s
final symphony, where the contrapuntal wizardry of its finale aptly justifies its regal nickname – ‘Jupiter’.

* Sunday performance

We are hugely grateful to Delyana Lazarova for replacing Christian Reif at short notice.

There will be a slight change in the programme:

Strauss – Serenade
Strauss – Four Last Songs
Mozart – Jupiter Symphony

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