RICHARD Strauss's Four Last Songs must surely rank as some of the most beautiful yet poignant classical music ever written.
Music lovers in Birmingham have the chance to wallow in a performance of this exquisite work at Symphony Hall on Friday, November 14 when the soprano Solveig Kringelborn joins the Orchester der KlangVerwaltung Munich conducted by the orchestra's founder Enoch zu Guttenberg.
Composed in the last year of Strauss's life, the Four Last Songs is beloved of film producers - Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter chose it as one of his Desert Island Discs.
Wagner's Siegfried Idyll meanwhile was written as a birthday present for his wife. The first performance took place on the staircase of the composer's house with a group of house guests.
Strauss's Four Last Songs is at Symphony Hall on Friday November 14. Tickets from £5 available from 0121 780 3333.