Manchester’s three orchestras will perform all Strauss’s orchestral songs and many of his great orchestral works including a joint performance of An Alpine Symphony with the BBC Philharmonic and Hallé, and Camerata's late-night performance of Metamorphosen, one of the composer's most powerful orchestral works on 22 February. The celebrations take place over nine concerts and run for eight weeks from 9 January to 8 March 2014. All will be recorded by BBC Radio 3.
Over the last decade Manchester’s classical music community has united for landmark celebrations including tributes to Shostakovich and Mahler. The city is gaining a reputation for award-winning cultural collaborations which are unique in the UK. Strauss’s Voice is no exception in its scale and ambition, harnessing the formidable creative forces of the city for a substantial retrospective.
"[Strauss's] writing continues to be admired among many of today's foremost composers"
“[Strauss's] music is very richly textured and you have to be quite skilful in the orchestra to pull those textures off".
"Top orchestras working together is something we do in Manchester, and it has been a win situation all round."
“He knew how to exploit the radiance, eroticism, drama, tenderness and humour of a voice."