Saturday, 30 July 2011

The Week Ahead

Tonight brings a return to the Proms, to hear Midori, Andris Nelsons, and the CBSO (Strauss, Walton, and Prokofiev). Tomorrow morning, at some unearthly hour, I shall be off to Heathrow to catch a flight to Munich, and thence to the Bayreuth Festival, where I shall be seeing four of this year's five productions: this year's new offering Tannhäuser as staged by Sebastian Baumgartner, Lohengrin (Nelsons again, in Hans Neuenfels's production, new last year), Parsifal (I cannot wait to revisit Stefan Herheim's production, again conducted by Daniele Gatti), and finally Tristan (Christoph Marthaler's staging).

In the meantime, here is an excerpt showing that, whilst we may never hear this conductor's like again, bronchially-challenged audiences are nothing new. Yet listen through, and marvel at the magnificence of the brass. The chorus is not bad either...:


The Unrepentant Pelleastrian said...


I wish your itinerary could have included a stop at Salzburg to cover Nono's Prometeo.

(Look forward to your Bayreuth reviews)

Mark Berry said...

Alas no 'Promoteo', but I'll see 'Die Frau ohne Schatten' and 'The Makropulos Case' there later in August.

Doundou Tchil said...

Metzmacher is bringing Promoteo to Berlin in September, I think. I adore the piece. Have a good time, Mark !