This was the second Diana Damrau London visit in two weeks, this time to sing Strauss Four Last Songs with the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Antonio Pappano. But before that we got an interesting performance of Elgar Alassio. Even if the work is supposed to be Italy inspired it doesn’t really sound Italian. However it is an interesting musical piece showing Elgar mastery on orchestral color. Pappano remarked the work lightness which fit well as a prelude to Strauss music.
I got a last minute cheap ticked for this hot concert. The trio Kaufmann+Damrau+Deutsch are touring the complete Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch though Europe. Touring it over 7 cities allow such superstars with tight agendas work a lot on the programme. And that is the nicest thing that happened here: not only they are good singers that sang well, they did prepare extensively the work. They created something. They re-ordered the songs creating a narrative through them and worked a lot on the acting side.