Pablo Heras-Casado is conducting the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana for the third time. While his startling version of the Leningrad Symphony by Shostakovich is still ringing in many people’s ears, this time the director from Granada is offering the Prelude and Good Friday music from Parsifal, the “sacred scenic festival” with which Wagner said goodbye to the opera, leaving us the most spiritual, contemplative and sublime music he ever composed. In the same way. 5th Symphony, "The Reformation" by Mendelssohn- Bartholdy, takes up the second part, inviting religious contemplation starting with the initial Andante, with the appearance of the Dresden amen, which would also later inspire Wagner for the Grail leitmotif in Parsifal.
Richard Wagner 1810 -1883
Prelude and Good Friday, from “Parsifal”
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy 1809-
Symphony No 5, “The Reformation”
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana