13 February 1945: the devastating bombardment of Dresden. Richard Strauss is so affected that he writes one of the most gripping works in his entire oeuvre: Metamorphosen. The purified piece, written for 23 strings, is tragic music that touches us deeply.

W.H. Auden’s poem of the same name inspired Bernstein’s The Age of Anxiety. His personal identification with the poem is almost physically perceptible in the gripping music.


Richard Strauss • Metamorphosen
Takashi Yoshimatsu • And Birds Sing Again…, op. 81 (2000)
Leonard Bernstein • Symphony No. 2: The Age of Anxiety



Stéphane Denève


Stéphane Denève is the music director of the Brussels Philharmonic. This top French conductor designs his programmes combining 21st century music with the great classics, thereby opening up a dialogue between the repertoire of the past and that of the future.

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano


Hailed as “one of the best pianists in the world,” Jean-Yves Thibaudet continues to captivate audiences around the world with his thrilling performances, profound artistry, poetic musicality and dazzling technical prowess.

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