London Philharmonic Orchestra: Jurowski conducts Wagner and Bruckner

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert featuring Brahms' Tragic Overture, Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder in Hans Werner Henze's arrangement, and Bruckner's First Symphony. With contralto Anna Larsson for the Wagner.

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Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897), Tragische Ouverture - Tragic Overture for Orchestra, Op.81

Wagner, Richard (1813-1883), Wesendonck Lieder (arr. Henze)

Bruckner, Anton (1824-1896), Symphony no. 1 in C minor, WAB 101 (Linz version)


London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski, Conductor

Anna Larsson, Contralto

Already in Bruckner's First Symphony the influence of 'the master', Richard Wagner, was making itself felt. In 1863 Bruckner heard Wagner's opera 'Tannhauser' in Linz, capturing its desolate yearning in his first movement's third theme.

Two years later Bruckner met Wagner for the first time at a performance of 'Tristan und Isolde' in Munich. The opera's romantic soul seeped into Bruckner's Adagio, as disarming a vision of love as Wagner's own 'Wesendonck Lieder'.

As he slipped into hopeless adoration for the German poet Mathilde Wesendonck, Wagner wrote her these songs, moments of heartfelt stillness in a whirlwind musical career.

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