A combative hero, begrudging adversaries and a loyal companion all appear in Richard Strauss’ tone poem Ein Heldenleben. The work, in which Strauss draws recognisable parallels to his own life, captivates with its sumptuous sonority. Kirill Petrenko opens the 2023/24 season with this work – and at the same time the thematic focus Heroes, which will explore the many manifestations of heroism. In addition, there are Max Reger’s Mozart variations, in which he combines a simple, touching theme of the First Viennese School composer with the opulent sound language of the late Romantic period.
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart, op.132
Ein Heldenleben, op. 40