Variations on the St Anthony Chorale
Four Last Songs
Renée Fleming (soprano)
Christoph Eschenbach (conductor)
Reviewed: 10 August, 2020
In this her Proms debut, star soprano Renée Fleming performed music by two composers with whom she has long been associated – a florid Mozart motet and Strauss’s ravishing final songs, which were given their premiere at the Royal Albert Hall.
Christoph Eschenbach also conducted Richard Strauss’s colourful tone-poem inspired by the lothario Don Juan, and Brahms’s classically elegant variations on the ‘St Anthony Chorale’, a theme thought at the time to have been penned by Haydn.
At the interval Renée Fleming joins Ian Skelly to look back on the night and reflect on performing at the Proms for two decades.