Orchestre de Paris / Christoph Eschenbach
Renée Fleming - Boulanger, R. Strauss, Brahms
To leave after this concert
- Taxi G7
- Orchestre de Paris
- Christoph Eschenbach, conducting
- Renée Fleming, soprano
Infused with a mythical quality, Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 is a masterpiece featuring epic themes, enchanting breakaways and the rigour of pre-classical form, especially in its supremely masterful Finale constructed from variations on a Bach cantata. Its Apollonian serenity is echoed in the limpid, sometimes vehement verve of Lili Boulanger’s ‘happiest’ score, Of a Spring Morning, remarkable in the richness of its harmony, including moments of impressionistic colours.
The concert concludes with Renée Fleming interpreting Strauss’s orchestral lieder—a late bloom of romantic culture which, like a stunning elegy, offers a lyrical and poetic ode: a sumptuous, sometimes devastating adieu to the age of musical magic.