Orchestre National de France

James Gaffigan | direction
Rachel Willis-Sørensen | soprano 

Beethoven-Strauss mirror programme for the Orchestre National de France and the American conductor James Gaffigan.

Rachel Willis-Sørensen
Rachel Willis-Sørensen © Simon Pauly
James Gaffigan
James Gaffigan © Daniela Kienzler


Beethoven Leonore II, Overture
Strauss Four last Lieder Op. 150
Capriccio, final scene
Beethoven Egmont, Overture 

To read

Throughout his long career as a composer, from the first pages for piano and voice to The Four Last Songs with orchestra, from Salome to the ultimate Capriccio, Richard Strauss was a passionate and inspired champion of the female voice. As the husband of the singer Pauline de Ahna, he also always wondered about the links between music and poetry, as shown by the plot of Capriccio, which is based on the famous question: "Prima la musica? e poi le parole?" In addition to the two pages by Strauss, this concert will feature one of the overtures composed by Beethoven for his opera Leonore, which later became Fidelio, and this other famous overture inspired by Goethe's drama about which Beethoven wrote: "I caught fire as soon as I read it."

COPRODUCTION Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Radio France France Musique records this concert.


Rachel Willis-Sørensen

Strauss in majesty

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