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On 03 March, in the Great Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the music of the greatest German composers-symphonists will sound performed by MSSO under the direction of Pavel Kogan. Mozart's Pathetic Symphony No. 25, Beethoven's Heroic Symphony No. 3 and Strauss's Metamorphoses for 23 strings will illuminate the pages of European history filled with echoes of tragic and heroic, mournful and pathetic events of bygone eras. The famous funeral march, from the symphony a century later, will echo in "Metamorphoses" - an enlightened instrumental "requiem" for the great European civilization that is leaving the past. "Metamorphoses" - this is one of the last amazingly emotional works of Richard Strauss, if not a masterpiece, as critics say, it is distinguished by high felt music. Strauss hides nothing here. These are, as it were, memories of the past, painted in "soft blue tones." Experts believe that this is a kind of free fantasy on a theme from the slow part of Beethoven's “Heroic Symphony”. The mood of the music is sad and elegiac. In 1945, the mood of Richard Strauss was not at all happy. The world familiar to him was crumbling before his eyes. Constant bombing of German cities by Allied aircraft. This is what Richard Strauss wrote to his friend J. Gregor during the days of greating Metamorphoses: “I'm in a desperate mood! Destroyed the house of Goethe, this greatest shrine in the world! My beautiful Dresden - Weimar - Munich, everything went to dust! ". The composer finished the composition on April 12, 1945, on April 30, the Third Reich ceased to exist.
The concert will also feature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 25 in G minor, whose pathetic style reflects the pre-romantic aesthetics of “Sturm und Drang”. The symphony was created in October 1773, when the composer was 17 years old, after returning to Salzburg from Italy. It was originally kept by Leopold Mozart, who opposed the tradition of widespread popularity of his son's early symphonies, but in the 1780s Leopold sent the symphony to Wolfgang Amadeus, who needed material for a series of concerts, while trying to erase the date of its writing. They are believed that the symphony was inspired by Symphony No. 39 by Joseph Haydn. The music of L. van Beethoven's “Heroic” symphony is imbued with a different attitude, depicting the complex world of human feelings, in which the images of the struggle with fate and the rapture of the joys of life are inextricably linked with each other.
Conductor of the concert will be one of the most sought-after conductors of the younger generation, a talented Russian conductor and organist - Stanislav Kochanovsky.