Wagner Parsifal, Prelude and Good Friday Music Bruckner Mass No 3 in F minor
BBC Symphony Orchestra Jiří BělohlávekConductor Katherine Broderick Soprano Karen Cargill Mezzo-soprano Robert Murray Tenor Matthew Rose Bass BBC Symphony Chorus
Jiří Bělohlávek’s standout interpretation of Tristan und Isolde for Glyndebourne Festival underlined the great Czech conductor’s sheer class both as a Wagnerian and as an artist committed to exploring the spiritual depths of the German composer’s music. Tonight’s programme opens with two orchestral pieces from Parsifal, mystical and contemplative in mood. Bruckner’s exultant Third Mass, completed in 1868, gradually unfolds from a state of gentle meditation to project an ecstatic outpouring of faith and sense of comfort in eternal salvation.
‘It isn’t just her flawless diction or the silvery timbre of her gleaming soprano. What impresses most about this 24-year-old is her uncommon maturity of expression.’ The Times of Katherine Broderick, in 2007
Pre-concert talk: 6pm, Fountain Room. An introduction to tonight's concert. Limited Capacity - please arrive early to avoid disappointment.