BBC Symphony Orchestra / Belohlavek

Music by Wagner and Bruckner

30 April 2009 / 19:00


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Wagner Parsifal, Prelude and Good Friday Music
Bruckner Mass No 3 in F minor

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiří Bělohlávek Conductor
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.

Promoted by BBC Symphony Orchestra.

This event is part of:
BBC Symphony Orchestra 2008-2009


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