Meticulously staged, this performance of Richard Strauss’s two melodramas emphasises the strong dramaturgical content of these works, which came about as a result of his collaboration with the actor Ernst von Possart. Das Schloss am Meere (The Castle by the Sea) is a Gothic melodrama, while Enoch Arden is a large-scale work with exalted sentimentality. In both, Strauss uses resources such as the leitmotif, which entails associating a musical motive with a particular character, object, idea or feeling.
This second season of Melodramas features two works composed by Richard Strauss: Das Schloss am meere (The Castle by the Sea) and Enoch Arden. The former is a short piece of a Gothic nature based on a poem by Johann Ludwig Uhland. The latter, a large-scale work, is based on a text by Alfred Tennyson and tells the ill-fated story of the love triangle made up of Enoch Arden, his wife Annie Lee and his friend Philip Ray.