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Philharmonia Chamber Players: Strauss - Metamorphosen

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Enjoy a Boccherini Cello quintet and the string septet arrangement of Strauss’ Metamorphosen, an elegy to the German culture destroyed by war.

Written in the closing months of World War Two, the aching melodies of Metamorphosen mourn a Europe broken by conflict. Tonight, hear an intimate setting of this masterpiece, as the Philharmonia Chamber Players perform Strauss’ original arrangement for string septet.

Strauss’ music pays homage to the greats of German musical culture, as fragments inspired by Mozart, Bach and Beethoven, including the Funeral March from the Eroica Symphony, weave and expand across the ensemble.

In contrast, a rarely-performed masterpiece written almost 200 years earlier. Italian composer Luigi Boccherini built on the legacy of Haydn but expanded the musical role of the cello to striking effect, his C minor quintet uses two, incorporating powerful dark sonorities that give way to sparkling melodies that dart across the ensemble.

This concert is part of the Philharmonia Chamber Players series.


Sarah Oates violin
Rebecca Chan violin
Gijs Kramers viola
William Bender viola
Karen Stephenson cello
Richard Birchall cello
Tim Gibbs double bass


Boccherini: String Quintet in C minor, Op.51 No.2
R Strauss: Metamorphosen arr. Rudolf Leopold for string septet

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