Hermann Klein - December, 1897

from Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900, page 408:

Richard Strauss paid his first visit to England in December, 1897. His songs and chamber pieces were tolerably well known, but of his orchestral works only three had so far been heard in London—namely, the symphony in F (April 12) and the symphonic poems, “Till Eulenspiegel” and “Also sprach Zarathustra”. He now brought with him the “Tod und Verklarung”, wherein is depicted the death struggle of a man before whose mental vision there passes the panorama of a wasted life, followed by the man's transfiguration, as his redeemed soul passes out of earthly existence into a higher state. The second section of this remarkable work made an especially deep impression, and at the close the composer was overwhelmed with applause. Strauss's gifts as a conductor were made manifest in very positive fashion. In his own music startling contrasts, powerful crescendos, and exciting climaxes naturally abounded. In the inter-pretation of Mozart and Wagner he displayed an admirable command of dynamic effects, ranging from the most delicate to the most sonorous; and in everything alike he revealed the intellectual insight and authority, the artistic culture, the magnetic force, the strong individuality of a musician of genius.

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Hermann Klein, Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900 (New York City, 1903), p. 408. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1438589777282 accessed: 19 July, 2024


Hermann Klein
Music Critic, Singing Teacher, Writer

Listening to

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Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24
written by Richard Strauss
performed by Richard Strauss, Orchestra of the Royal Philharmonic Society

Experience Information

Date/Time December, 1897
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Klein gives date as December 1897; Wikipedia states that concert took place on 15 June 1897.

Originally submitted by sp327 on Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:16:17 +0100
Approved on Sun, 24 Apr 2016 16:01:20 +0100