Thomas Hengelbrock II

Orchestre National de France

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Though its influence extended far into the future, Brahms’s Fourth Symphony is a masterpiece of musical conservatism. This is clear both in the way the work is crafted and in the impression it gives, from the celebrated opening which harks back to Baroque music and sounds like falling leaves, to the shaded sonorities that recall the patina on an old German painting. Thomas Hengelbrock contrasts this sound ideal with the urbane glitter of Johann Strauss’s music. It is well known how Brahms envied the Viennese composer’s splendid waltzes. The Orchestre National de France accompanies Fatma Said, a young award-winning Egyptian soprano who has already sung the role of Pamina at Milan’s La Scala and is currently in great demand internationally.

Photo that shows 2020 21 Fatma Said C Felix Bröde. © Felix Bröde
© Felix Bröde

Program

Johann Strauss II
“Seid umschlungen, Millionen,” Waltz, op. 443
“Grüß dich Gott, du liebes Nesterl” from the operetta Wiener Blut

Johannes Brahms
Hungarian Dances Nos. 2, 8, 19, and 10

Johann Strauss II
"Wiener Blut,“ Waltz, op. 354, version for soprano

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Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, op. 98

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