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Santtu conducts Wagner’s Ring Without Words

Royal Festival Hall
£13 — £65
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Miah Persson

Artists

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Miah Persson – soprano

Programme

R Strauss Four Last Songs

— Interval —

Wagner The Ring Without Words

Is it possible to take Wagner’s Ring Cycle – four operas lasting a total of 15 hours with a sprawling cast of characters from Norse mythology – and condense it into something that would fit onto a single CD, in which not a note is sung?

Composer and conductor Lorin Maazel accepted the challenge, and the result is The Ring Without Words (or as a New York Times headline put it, ‘One Ring to Shrink Them All’). All the great moments of The Ring are here. From our first glimpse of the bubbling waters of the Rhine, to the final destruction of Valhalla, via the lives, loves and deaths of heroes and dwarves, dragons and gods, the story is told in Wagner’s inimitably dramatic orchestral writing.

Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs, too, deal with life and death, but in a much more intimate and peaceful way. Strauss was 84 when he set these intensely moving poems contemplating autumn, sunset and sleep. At Strauss’s request, they were premiered by the Philharmonia, which he had conducted on several occasions, and soprano Kirsten Flagstad. Our soloist is Miah Persson, ‘one of the most intelligent Strauss sopranos of our time at the peak of her powers’ (Bachtrack).

This concert is supported by Latifa and Aboudi Kosta.

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£13 – £65

Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)

Running time:

1h 50 minutes, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available a week before the event

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717

 

Before the concert

Speakers at an Insights Talk

Insights talk

Thursday, 4 November 2021, 6pm

Find out more about this evening’s programme in a free talk in the Royal Festival Hall at 6pm. Free, no ticket required

Venue

Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

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