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“One of the most beautiful works in the canon”—the classical music performances to look out for this month

Performances "vast in musical scope and phantasmagorical imagination"

By Alexandra Coghlan   May 2018

Jonas Kaufmann sings Strauss’s Four Last Songs

Barbican, 19th May

Jonas Kaufmann is a star on the opera stage, but also a thoughtful recitalist. Here he joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jochen Rieder for one of the most beautiful works in the canon: Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs. Composed at the age of 84, Strauss’s orchestral song-cycle is an astonishing musical valediction—a work whose mellow beauty is shot through with memories of youthful sensuality. We can expect some new and unexpected colours in this familiar music. The rest…

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