Bruckner first heard the opening of his Seventh Symphony in a dream – played by an angel. You can believe it: that heavenly opening tune is just our first glimpse of a limitless musical landscape, a world of sunlit peaks, shaded valleys and – at its very heart – Bruckner's noble, deeply-felt tribute to the man he called his 'beloved Master', Richard Wagner.
For conductor Marek Janowski, there's no more fitting prelude to Bruckner's Seventh than some of Wagner's most overwhelmingly emotional music. Forget any preconceptions about Wagner and forget yourself: as Bruckner knew better than anyone, it's really all about love.
PerformersLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
RepertoireWagner: Overture, Der fliegende Holländer; Leb wohl, du kuhnes, herrliches Kind! (Wotan's farewell) from Die Walküre, Act 3; Der Augen leuchtendes Paar from Die Walküre, Act 3; Loge, hör! Lausche hieher! (Magic fire music) from Die Walküre, Act 3
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert event. Is Mahler's Eighth a confession of faith? What was Wagner's philosophical agenda in Die Walküre and what was Bach to Hindemith and Wagner: embodiment of faith, `Germanness' or both? Stephen Johnson explores how this is expressed musically in the LPO's late April concerts. Admission free.