Strauss’s Voice Begins…

Posted on January 17, 2014

For the next three months, Manchester Camerata, the Halle, BBC Philharmonic and The Bridgewater Hall join forces for Strauss’s Voice – a unique collaboration celebrating 150 years of the birth of the German composer Richard Strauss.

Ruby Hughes

Manchester’s three orchestras will perform all Strauss’s orchestral songs and many of his great orchestral works including a joint performance of An Alpine Symphony  with the BBC Philharmonic and Hallé, and Camerata’s late-night performance of Metamorphosen, one of the composer’s most powerful orchestral works on 22 February. The celebrations take place over nine concerts and run for eight weeks from 9 January to 8 March 2014. All will be recorded by BBC Radio 3.

Over the last decade Manchester’s classical music community has united for landmark celebrations including tributes to Shostakovich and Mahler. The city is gaining a reputation for award-winning cultural collaborations which are unique in the UK. Strauss’s Voice is no exception in its scale and ambition, harnessing the formidable creative forces of the city for a substantial retrospective.

Visit the Strauss’s Voice website

The Guardian – Richard Strauss: Profound Genius or Gifted Entertainer?

About the BBC Blog – Camerata’s Head of Creative Programming talks Strauss

“[Strauss’s] writing continues to be admired among many of today’s foremost composers”

Creative Tourist – Interview with Camerata’s Associate Leader, Adi Brett

“[Strauss’s] music is very richly textured and you have to be quite skilful in the orchestra to pull those textures off”.

Creative Tourist – Strauss’s Voice round up

Robert Beale – Manchester Evening News

“Top orchestras working together is something we do in Manchester, and it has been a win situation all round.”

Neil Sowerby at Manchester Confidential

“He knew how to exploit the radiance, eroticism, drama, tenderness and humour of a voice.”

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