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7:30 PM , Royal Festival Hall , London, SE1 8XX

Heaven and earth

Belief and Beyond Belief: Ideology

Wagner Overture, The Flying Dutchman
Wagner Die Walküre, Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Fire Music
Bruckner Symphony No. 7 (Nowak edition)

Marek Janowski conductor
Egils Silins bass-baritone
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Bruckner first heard the opening of his Seventh Symphony in a dream – played by an angel. You can believe it: that heavenly opening tune is just our first glimpse of a limitless musical landscape, a world of sunlit peaks, shaded valleys and – at its very heart – Bruckner’s noble, deeply-felt tribute to the man he called his ‘beloved Master’, Richard Wagner. So for conductor Marek Janowski there’s no more fitting prelude to Bruckner’s Seventh than some of Wagner’s most overwhelmingly emotional music. Forget any preconceptions about Wagner, and forget yourself: as Bruckner knew better than anyone, it’s really all about love.

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