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Friday 26 Jun 2020 7:00PM
Liszt & Wagner: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

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Friday 26 Jun 2020 7:00PM


Royal Festival Hall


Liszt & Wagner: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know


Wagner Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Liszt Piano Concerto No.1
Liszt Piano Concerto No.2
Wagner Overture Tannhäuser

Sir Mark Elder conductor
Stephen Hough piano

Sir Mark Elder and Stephen Hough perform works by the bad boys of 19th-century music.


Like the Sex Pistols or Black Sabbath, Liszt and Wagner were controversial musical figures in the 19th century – even doctors thought they were dangerous to be around.

This concert with conductor Sir Mark Elder and pianist Stephen Hough revels in the music that stirred such passions.

Liszt’s piano playing whisked audiences into a mystical frenzy – dubbed Lisztomania – that even inspired audiences to throw their underwear at him.

In this concert, hear Stephen Hough play two of the Liszt piano concertos that caused such excitement.

Wagner’s operas led to deeper moral panic. Depending on who you asked, they could drive you mad, send you to ecstasy, or cause a revolution.

In a Southbank Centre first, on its 19th-century period instruments, the OAE performs stunning sections from his tales of doomed love, Tristan and Isolde, and salvation through love, Tannhäuser.

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