Valery Gergiev. Photo by Matt Stuart

The great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich commissioned Dutilleux to write Tout un monde lointaine, now an important work in the cello repertoire. The final act of Wagner’s final opera (1882) concludes an epic tale about the knights of the holy grail, which culminates at Easter. After years of desolation, the orphan and holy fool Parsifal brings absolution to the knights and their wounded leader Amfortas. As a messianic allegory of sin, redemption and deep compassion, the opera still causes regular controversy – but audiences are swept up by its musical mysticism, its weave of sacred and profane.

In our February video podcast music broadcaster Rob Cowan and LSO President Sir Colin Davis talk about the music and stories behind the great choral works being performed this season, including Wagner Parsifal (7' 32"):

Wagner Parsifal

12 Mar 2009 7:30 PM

Barbican Hall

WAGNER: Parsifal (Act III)

HENRI DUTILLEUX: Tout un monde lointaine

Valery Gergiev conductor

Tim Hugh cello

Sergey Semishkur Parsifal

Robert Holl Gurnemanz

Evgeny Nikitin Amfortas

London Symphony Chorus

London Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: £7 £13 £19 £25 £32

Change of artist
René Pape has had to withdraw from the LSO’s performance of Act III of Parsifal on 12 March due to illness. We are delighted that Robert Holl has agreed to step in at short notice to sing the role of Gurnemanz.

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