Christian Thielemann (photo: Matthias Creutziger)

Christian Thielemann condcuts Wagner, Strauss and Pfitzner

This programme with Christian Thielemann, an expert in late Romantic repertoire, is opulent, almost intoxicating. The Prelude and “Good Friday Spell” from Parsifal, Richard Wagner’s “Festival Play for the Consecration of the Stage”, will be heard, along with Richard Strauss’s melancholy, serene Four Last Songs with Camilla Nylund. The orchestral preludes to Hans Pfitzner’s opera Palestrina are heard rarely, by comparison; they seem nostalgic, at times even archaic, but also have visionary power. Arnold Schoenberg’s orchestration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E flat major demonstrates that Bach’s music can also resonate romantically.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Christian Thielemann conductor

Camilla Nylund soprano

Richard Wagner

Parsifal: Prelude

Richard Wagner

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

Richard Strauss

Four last songs

Camilla Nylund soprano

Hans Pfitzner

3 Orchestral Preludes from Palestrina

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552 (orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg)

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Christian Thielemann (photo: Matthias Creutziger)