Wagner Pèlerinage

On the occasion of the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner in 2013, Hansjörg Albrecht embarked on a so-called “Wagner Pèlerinage”. In different concert projects, he went on a journey to follow the footsteps of the famous composer. Some of the stations of this ‘pilgrimage’ were:

  • Dortmund, Concert Hall
  • Halle/Saale, Handel Hall
  • Hamburg, Cathedral
  • Köln, Cathedral
  • Bremen, Cathedral
  • München, Philharmonic Hall
  • Leipzig, St. Nicolas Church
  • Festival “Europäische Wochen Passau”
  • Brixen, Cathedral
  • Toblach, Gustav Mahler Musikwochen
  • Riga, Cathedral
  • London, Westminster Cathedral
  • Zurich, Fraumünster Church
  • Lucerne, Concert Hall (KKL)
  • Linz, Concert Hall “Brucknerhaus”

The sound of organ transcriptions of Wagner’s overtures and preludes dominated the pilgrimage. However, there were also recitals with Vesselina Kasarova, as well as different concerts in collaboration with the Munich Symphony Orchestra (Münchner Symphoniker), the Strings Academy Bolzano (Streicherakademie Bozen), as well as the Munich Bach Choir (Münchener Bach-Chor). The composer Enjott Schneider contributed an homage to Wagner’s Parsifal titled “Hoechsten Heiles Wunder”. The debut performance of this work for strings and tape took place in the Brixen Cathedral. The Wagner-Pèlerinage continued since 2014 with some of the concerts in:

  • Dresden, Church of the Holy Cross
  • Erfurt, Cathedral
  • Bonn, Beethoven-Haus
  • Paris, St. Eustache
  • Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw
  • Danzig, Cathedral Oliva
  • Utrecht, Tivoli Vredenburg
  • Moscow, Tschaikowsky Hall
  • Berlin, Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt
  • Passau, Cathedral
  • Munich, Herz Jesu Church
  • Bayreuth, Main Church
  • Weimar, New Weimar Concert Hall
  • Vienna, Concert Hall