WAGNER Prelude to Act I from 'Parsifal'
BERG Seven Early Songs
MAHLER Symphony No 5
François-Xavier Roth conductor
Camilla Tilling soprano
London Symphony Orchestra
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François-Xavier Roth presents the first of two concerts exploring the legacy of Romanticism through Wagner, Berg and Mahler.
Berg wrote the two most important operas of the 20th-century, Wagner was the great musical radical of the 19th. The first half of this concert sees a passing of the baton; the lush sounds that open Wagner’s final opera lead into Berg’s first efforts at song. Then Mahler’s Fifth Symphony concludes with a triumphant procession from a funeral march back towards life; an allegory, perhaps, for the artist’s own transition from one century into the next.