October 13.

The Opera Orchestra: Ein Heldenleben

Strauss’s tone poem and Brahms’s violin concerto



This evening the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra and  Karl-Heinz Steffens play Richard Strauss’s monumental work Ein Heldenleben and Brahms’s violin concerto in the Main House. Both pieces are also played when the orchestra goes on tour with soloist Julian Rachlin to Helsinki and Copenhagen in October, but first, the audience in Oslo are the ones who get to hear these two musical masterpieces.

Lyrical melodies and major challenges

Julian Rachlin is widely considered one of the best violinists in the world, and is also building his career as a successful conductor. When he takes the stage with the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, it is the violin that plays the leading role. Johannes Brahms’s virtuosic and eternally beautiful violin concerto from 1878 is considered “a must” for a violinist’s repertoire. Here you’ll find lyrical melodies and rich orchestration, with fabulous moments where the orchestra can really shine.

The tone poem Ein Heldenleben was Richard Strauss’s sixth such orchestral piece, and there is little doubt that Beethoven’s Sinfonia Eroica was a major source of inspiration. Ein Heldenleben contains over 30 quotations from Strauss’s other works, but he denied that he had used his own themes. This has later become a subject of discussion for music theorists. What we can be sure of, is that the piece is very challenging for both the musicians and the conductor. Despite Strauss trying to push the boundaries ever further for the musicians, the goal was always beauty.

  • Free introduction a half hour before the performance

Featuring the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, Julian Rachlin/violin, Karl-Heinz Steffens/conductor

Tour dates:
Helsinki, October 16th 
Copenhagen, October 17th

Johannes Brahms:
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
Richard Strauss:
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 



  • Scene
    Main House
  • Price
    100 - 445 NOK
  • /
    1 intermission

October 2017