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Triumph and Joy – Evanston
March 31 • 3:00 pm
“The most terrible period of human history is at an end.”
Strauss composed Metamorphosen during the final months of WWII, finishing the piece just two days after the Battle of Nuremberg. Quoting a passage from Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, this gripping work mourns the destruction of Germany while expressing hope and optimism for the future. Mendelssohn’s octet was written when the composer was only sixteen years old. Music critic Conrad Wilson says, “Its youthful verve, brilliance and perfection make it one of the miracles of nineteenth-century music.” Quoting Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, the finale concludes with pure, unrestrained joy.
MENDELSSOHN: Octet in E-flat Major, op. 20
STRAUSS/LEOPOLD: Metamorphosen for string septet
David Perry, Qing Hu, Lei Hu, violins
Lawrence Neuman, viola
Kenneth Olson, cello
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