For WQXR's fourth and final broadcast from the Lucerne Festival, veteran conductor Claudio Abbado leads Beethoven’s incidental music to Egmont and Mozart’s Requiem. Jeff Spurgeon hosts the broadcast from Switzerland, which starts at 8 pm.
For those who associate summer festival programming with light material, this program offers a distinctive contrast. The first half spotlights Beethoven's incidental music for the Goethe play of the same name, taking on theme of political oppression and heroism. This is followed by Mozart's spiritual epic, the Requiem in D minor.
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Bavarian Radio Choir
Swedish Radio Choir
Claudio Abbado, conductor
Juliane Banse, soprano (Beethoven)
Bruno Ganz, narrator
Anna Prohaska, soprano (Mozart)
Sara Mingardo, alto
Maximilian Schmitt, tenor
Rene Pape, bass
Beethoven: Incidental music to Goethe’s tragedy Egmont for soprano, narrator and orchestra, Op. 84
Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K. 626 (edition by Franz Beyer/Robert Levin)
Recorded at the KKL Luzern, Concert Hall (right - photo: Lucerne Tourismus)