Manfred Honeck is a regular guest of the Czech Philharmonic, and he is planning a Wagner concert with the outstanding baritone Matthias Goerne. Besides an overture and arias from Richard Wagner’s operas, the concert will feature the Fourth Symphony by the composer Franz Schmidt, who experienced playing cello under the baton of Gustav Mahler.
King Mark’s monologue from Act II of the opera Tristan und Isolde (11')
"Ride of the Valkyries" from Act III of the opera Die Walküre (5')
“Wotans Abschied und Feuerzauber”, Wotan’s aria from Act III of the opera Die Walküre (15')
— Intermission —
Symphony No. 4 (46')
“With the musicians of the Czech Philharmonic, I like not only to perform familiar symphonic works, but also to join with them in revealing works to the Czech public that are still relatively new to them. His Fourth Symphony is undoubtedly a masterpiece. Its immediate, tragic inspiration was the death of Schmidt’s adult daughter. Although the symphony presents interpretive difficulties, it is exceptionally accessible to audiences. I hope you will enjoy our performance of it”, says Honeck.