Performances "vast in musical scope and phantasmagorical imagination"by Alexandra Coghlan / April 14, 2018 / Leave a comment
Published in May 2018 issue of Prospect Magazine
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 of the programme—Elgar’s heat-soaked In the South, music by Korngold and more Strauss songs—is a feast of swooning, late-Romantic loveliness. Take smelling-salts.