Thomas Dausgaard. Foto: Thomas Grøndahl
Medlemmar ur Kungliga Filharmonikerna. Foto: Mats Lundkvist
Also sprach Zarathustra
Iconic music by Richard Strauss – and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.
Thursday 25 February 2021 18.00Ends approximately 20.00
Richard Strauss’ magnificent tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra is based on Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”. The introduction is among the best-known pieces of classical music and in this sense, it can only be compared with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. It was used by director Stanley Kubrick in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
After arriving in Vienna in 1792, Beethoven made his breakthrough – as a pianist. Audiences were amazed by his technique and improvisational capacity. The piano was his experimental workshop, and he tested and presented ideas not just in works for piano, but in all of his genres. The five phenomenal piano concertos are central among his works for piano. In the masterful Piano Concerto No. 4, his efforts to foster a new kind of interaction between the piano and orchestra are evident. The soloist at this performance is the young Chinese-American pianist Eric Lu, who won the prestigious piano competition in Leeds in 2018 and made his debut the following year at one of the celebrated Proms concerts. This is his debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
The concert will begin with Dorothy Howell’s colourful, shimmering symphonic poem about Lamia, who was Zeus’s lover in Greek mythology.
The conductor will be Danish Thomas Dausgaard, chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra since 2016 and of the Seattle Symphony since last season. He was also chief conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in Örebro for many years.
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The musicApproximate times
Dorothy Howell Lamia12 min
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 434 min
Richard Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra38 min
- Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
- Thomas Dausgaard conductor
- Eric Lu piano