Two large chamber works by Richard Strauss frame Adolphus Hailstork’s Arabesques, a sunny and virtuosic piece for flute and percussion, on this final CSO Sessions episode of season 1. The program opens with Strauss’ Metamorphosen, a work for string septet that embodies the complex emotions of the elderly composer during the final days of the Second World War. The Serenade that ends the episode is a youthful work for 13 wind instruments composed when he was just 17 years old. It shows the young Strauss clearly coming into his own as a composer as well as the influence of his Classical training and father, one of Germany’s finest horn players.
STRAUSS Metamorphosen for String Septet (arr. Leopold)
STRAUSS Serenade in E-flat Major, Op. 7
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