September 27-30 | 2018
Claus Peter Flor CONDUCTS
Aga Mikolaj SOPRANO
Overture to Tannhäuser
Four Last Songs
Death and Transfiguration
Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Wagner’s glorious overture to Tannhäuser and his prelude to Die Meistersinger are paired with two of Richard Strauss’s most transcendent works, Four Last Songs and Death and Transfiguration.
“Such velvety, beautifully sustained tone, secure top register, facility in florid passages and blazing temperament.” Chicago Tribune
THURSDAY + FRIDAY
DON'T MISS THE FUN!
Join us for a cocktail in the newly renovated Betty Marcus Park! We’ll have a cash bar and live music from Austin Allen on the vibraphone before the concert.
- Claus Peter Flor Brings Passion and Amazing Control to Dallas Symphony Program of Wagner and Strauss
by Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
Claus Peter Flor hasn't lost his magic.
Returning to lead the Dallas Symphony Orchestra after an eight-year absence, in a program of Wagner and Strauss, the German conductor once again demonstrated a visceral grip on musical tension and fastidious control of dynamics. In music by two of the pillars of post-Beethoven German music — and of opera, especially — these were passionate performances alternately radiant and exploding with drama.
This would have been no surprise to those who remember one amazing Flor performance after another during his past tenure as the DSO's principal guest conductor. His conducting Thursday night at the Meyerson Symphony Center was more physically flamboyant than I remembered, but it all meant something. Imparting never-ending urgency, it shaped crescendos and decrescendos, controlled balances and signaled important entrances.
Framing the program were two Wagner preludes, to Tannhäuser and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, both operas involving singing contests. In the former, true love triumphs, but only in redemptive death. Flor signaled the seriousness of the matter with a daringly slow tempo for the opening hymn, but sustaining amazing tension, with eloquent solos from principal clarinetist Gregory Raden. The Meistersinger Prelude is uncomplicatedly joyous, with some dancelike music along the way, and Flor built it to a rousing close.