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6th Sunday & Monday Museumsconcerts

Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Piano Concerto Nr. 1 in E flat Major

Arnold Schönberg (1874–1951)
Pelléas und Mélisande Symphonic poem op.5

George Harliono piano
Sebastian Weigle conductor
 

LOVE AND death

Liszt and Wagner enjoyed a close but complicated friendship. Liszt the superstar, Wagner, the ambitious one. Wagner's Tannhäuser enabled Listz to make his breakthrough, with him leading the world premiere of Lohengrin as conductor of the royal court in Weimar. Liszt's daughter Cosima left her husband Hans von Bülow for Wagner. Liszt went to the Bayreuth Festival, at Cosima's request, where he collapsed and died shortly afterwards. Schönberg's early works, including the Pelléas music in this concert, were influence by both Liszt and Wagner.