Symphoniker Hamburg / Sarah Wegener / Jacek Kaspszyk

Strauss / Weinberg

Tickets from €9.90 9.90 | 22 | 34.10 | 46.20 | 57.20
Tickets from €9.90 9.90 | 22 | 34.10 | 46.20 | 57.20
Sarah Wegener
Sarah Wegener © Simon-David Tschan

Hope of the hereafter

After the end of the Second World War, Richard Strauss was on the brink of financial ruin. Royalty payments for performances of his works around the world had been suspended for political reasons. Despite health problems on top of everything, Strauss wrote a great deal of letters in this time seeking to ensure his family’s future financial security and doing the necessary networking. In 1948, Strauss’s son Franz begged his father: »Papa, leave the letter-writing and the ruminating, it isn’t helping anyone. Wouldn’t it be better to write some beautiful songs?« Strauss may not have responded directly to the kindly meant advice, but he did turn his attention towards his »Four Last Songs«, in which he set three texts by Hermann Hesse and a poem by Joseph von Eichendorff to music – wonderfully lyrical, lushly orchestral, passionately interwoven.

The concert opens with these »Four Last Songs« of a man (Strauss) whose worries seem almost like »luxury problems«, followed by the final symphony of a man who survived the Shoa, but who felt ill at ease in Russia right until his death: most of Mieczysław Weinberg’s Jewish family were murdered during the Second World War. And so Weinberg’s Symphony No. 21 (1992) is subtitled »Kaddish«, the most important prayer of the Jewish faith. A symphony of retrospection and depth – incorporating quotations from Chopin’s Ballad No. 1 in G Minor (which, incidentally, also plays an important role in Polanski’s film »The Pianist«).


Symphoniker Hamburg

Sarah Wegener soprano

conductor Jacek Kaspszyk


Richard Strauss
Vier letzte Lieder TrV 296

Mieczysław Weinberg
Sinfonie Nr. 21 op. 152 »Kaddish«

Pre-Concert Talk (in German)
18:15 / Laeiszhalle, Großer Saal


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