He’s topping out the day-long, Europe-wide Franz Liszt events with a concert from Bayreuth, where the great composer slowly died while his daughter Cosima kept the summer festival running. Still, at least he got a cheerful mausoleum. And Thielemann is now, to all intents and purposes, music director at Bayreuth.
Tonight’s programme, on BBC Radio 3:
6.30 City Hall, Grosses Festspielhaus, Bayreuth (LIVE)
Wagner: Overture to ‘Tannhäuser’;
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A, S. 125; Totentanz, symphonic poem (Paraphrase on ‘Dies irae’).
Konstantin Sherbakov (piano),
Orchestra of the Weimar Liszt School of Music,
Christian Thielemann (conductor).