Thursday, 30. September 2021, 8.00 pm
Munich, Herkulessaal

Friday, 01. October 2021, 8.00 pm
Munich, Herkulessaal


Richard Wagner
A Faust Ouverture

Franz Liszt


Franz Liszt
A Faust Symphony

Philippe Jordan, Conductor

François-Frédéric Guy, Piano

Ilker Arcayürek, Tenor

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Video livestream and Live on the Radio

BR-KLASSIK will broadcast the concert on Friday at 8.30 pm on the video livestream and live on the radio. Beforehand, you can listen to an introduction to the concert in “Musik und Gespräche” starting at 8.05 pm.

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.

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