Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - BRSO

Philippe Jordan

Thursday
30
September 2021
8:00 pm
Munich, Munich Residence, Herkulessaal
Special concert
Friday
1
October 2021
8:00 pm
Munich, Munich Residence, Herkulessaal
Special concert

Programme

Richard Wagner
A Faust Ouverture
Franz Liszt
Totentanz
Interval
Franz Liszt
A Faust Symphony

Performers

Philippe Jordan conductor
François-Frédéric Guy piano
Ilker Arcayürek tenor
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Information about the programme

In his début at the helm of the BRSO Philippe Jordan, the music director of the Vienna State Opera since 2020, devotes himself to life’s dark side and a theme from world literature that has held composers spellbound time and time again: Faust. Franz Liszt, in the three movements of his Faust Symphony, delineates character studies of the three main figures – Faust, Gretchen and Mephistopheles. His symphony culminate in a mystical finale with chorus and solo tenor, invoking the power of forgiveness through what Goethe called “the eternal feminine”. Wagner’s Faust Overture, on the other hand, is limited to the title figure, its sustained tempo describing his loneliness in his solitary study. Rounding off the programme is Liszt’s Danse macabre (Totentanz), a paraphrase on the Dies irae motif that is by turns apocalyptic, macabre and grotesque. Here, too, we hear the Faustian contest between Heaven and Hell.

Further concerts

Tue, 7 May, 7:00 pm
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Tue, 14 May, 7:00 pm
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Anton Barakhovsky © BR\Astrid Ackermann
Watch This Space | Anton Barakhovsky and the BRSO academy
Thu, 30 May, 8:00 pm
Munich, Gasteig HP8, Isarphilharmonie
Riccardo Muti © Todd Rosenberg
Riccardo Muti
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