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Wagner and Strauss with Eric Owens at the New York Philharmonic

Bethany Taylor / 6th January 2016 / Journal

Alan Gilbert leads bass-baritone and New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence Eric Owens in songs by Richard Strauss songs — “Ruhe, meine Seele,” Op. 27, No. 1; “Cäcilie,” Op. 27, No. 2; “Pilgers Morgenlied,” Op. 33, No. 4 — and the Final Scene from Act III of Wagner’s Die Walküre alongside with soprano Heidi Melton, with performances January 7 through 9 and 12. The program also includes Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and Sibelius’s tone poem En saga, one of several programs this season honoring the 150th anniversary of the Finnish master’s birth. At an additional matinee concert on January 9, Alan reprises his “exciting account” (New York Times) of Sibelius’s Symphony No. 4, precluded by Grieg’s String Quartet performed by New York Philharmonic principal musicians.

``Eric is the quintessential Wotan,`` says Alan of the bass-baritone, who is widely acclaimed for his mastery of the German Romantic repertoire. ``His voice is perfect for the role, and he can bring out its complexity — its heroism, but also its vulnerability. Performing it without staging can be a challenge, but Eric's singing is so expressive that he will bring the character to life through his voice alone. In this he will be helped by the Philharmonic musicians, who can play Wagner's technically difficult passages not only with flair but also with amazing tonal depth. Conducting Wagner with this orchestra is more than a dream-come-true; they have a quintessential way with his music.`` Find tickets and more information here.

Banner Photo: © Chris Lee

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