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concert Claudio Abbado conducts Wagner and Debussy — With Bryn Terfel Lucerne Festival 2003

Lucerne Festival 2003

Claudio Abbado conducts Wagner and Debussy — With Bryn Terfel Lucerne Festival 2003


Claudio Abbado's grace meets Bryn Terfel's bewitching timbre.

One of the greatest performers of Wagner's repertoire, the bass-baritone Bryn Terfel gives an emotional interpretation of Wotan thanks to his powerful voice and his perfect diction. Walkyrie's music walks among the mystical plains with Claudio Abbado's ample and inspired conducting. If indeed the musicians notably Renaud Capuçon and Emmanuel Pahud are suspended to the maestro's movements, it is Bryn Terfel's strength that transfigures this excerpt from Wagner's tetralogia. No need for stage direction or for any costumes, the musician's commitment make this concert a remarkable and unique moment of the Lucerne Festival.

Known his interpretation of French music, Claudio Abbado reproduces in the Martyre de Saint Sébastien or La Mer the same miracles of transparency that he gave in other pages of Debussy. His lyrical tempo and his watchful eye bring refined notes out of his musicians. From the choir to the soprano, the orchestra magnifies these poetic pages of the French composer.

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  • Rachel Harnisch | Soprano
  • Eteri Gvazava | Soprano
  • Bryn Terfel | Baritone


  • Richard Wagner, The Valkyrie, WWV 86B
    • Wotans Abschied und Feuerzauber
  • Claude Debussy, Le Martyre de Saint-Sébastien (Suite from)
    • 1. The Court of Lilies
    • 2. The Magic Chamber
    • 3. The Passion
    • 4. The Wounded Laurel
    • 5. Paradise
  • Claude Debussy, La Mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre
    • 1. From dawn to noon on the sea
    • 2. Play of the waves
    • 3. Dialogue of the wind and the sea


  • Directed by:
    • Michael Beyer
  • Venue: KKL - Lucerne Festival Hall (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • Production date: 2003
  • Recording date: 2003
  • Duration: 1 h 25 min
  • Production: © EuroArts Music International /Brillant media / Videal
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