The programme opens with excerpts from famous Wagner operas: Tannhäuser of which they perform the long and sublime overture, Das Rheingold and Die Walküre of which they chose arias for bass, performed by René Pape, a specialist of the composer's works.
The concert closes with Bruckner's gigantic Symphony No. 7 – the composer's most famous piece. Its Adagio is said to be written after Wagner. Four Wagner-Tüben are featured in the orchestra in order to pay tribute to the Bayreuth master.
René Pape appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH.
Picture: René Pape © Aline Paley
2004 Lucerne Festival Opening Concert
Angela Denoke, Burkhardt Fritz, Waltraud Meier, René Pape