Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklarung (Death and Transfiguration), Op. 24, TrV 158
The conductor, Lawrence Loh, began the concert by excerpting a repeated theme in the Strauss piece that he said represented a dying man’s “irregular heartbeat.” He went on to describe the piece itself, how it is broken into four parts that roughly correspond to a series of steps toward death: A man understands he is dying, he physically experiences the battle between life and death, he sees his life pass before him and, finally, at the moment of death, achieves transfiguration. Full story.
Theresa Brown (The New York Times) / October 3, 2015