Richard Strauss was just 25 when he wrote Death and Transfiguration, a tone poem depicting the death of an artist. A man lies dying, with thoughts of his life passing through his head, his childhood innocence, the struggles of his manhood, achieving his worldly goals, and at the end, receiving the longed-for transfiguration "from the infinite reaches of heaven."
Tonight's EURO CLASSIC is an exclusive performance, recorded live on March 5th, 2009, from the Philaharmonie in Luxembourg, with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Emmanuel Krivine. Stay up late (just after midnight, Thursday) with Classical MPR.
A couple PBS specials of note, tonight and tomorrow.
Tonight on Great Performances: "The Audition," a documentary about the finalists in the Metropolitan Opera's young artists competition. Here's a trailer:
By the way, the next wave of young talent in the Metropolitan Opera auditions will be in St. Paul on February 6 for this year's regional contest. Winners here go on to the semifinals at the Met in NYC.
Tomorrow night, it's Live from Lincoln Center with Josh Bell & Friends, incl Jane Monheit, Marvin Hamlisch, Nathan Gunn, Regina Spektor, Chris Botti, and Sting. It's a live concert based on his new album, based on his house concerts: