Rhian Lois Soprano
Jonathan Bloxham Conductor
Beethoven Ah! Perfido
R Strauss Metamorphosen
Beethoven Symphony No 3 in E flat, ‘Eroica’
In the 250th anniversary of his birth, Beethoven’s epoch-making Eroica symphony is paired here with Richard Strauss’s extraordinary lament for Germany at the end of World War Two. Written for the beautifully lush texture of 23 solo strings, Strauss weaves Beethoven’s Eroica funeral march into Metamorphosen’s closing bars, fusing Germanic musical eras with great emotional effect. Rising star Welsh soprano, Rhian Lois, opens with Beethoven’s dramatic concert aria Ah! Perfido (Ah! Deceiver) a showpiece work that Beethoven produced in his mid-20s.