Wagner Pèlerinage

 

 

“Hansjörg Albrecht actually ignites a firework of the most diverse timbres with preludes and overtures from Wagner’s operas on the organ. Of course, there are also firecrackers, but neither the instrument nor the performer is in the foreground, but the music itself. …] Without doubt, his CD is one of the most interesting, but above all one of the most multi-faceted contributions of an instrumental soloist to the Wagner Year 2013” (WDR 3 Tonart)
 
“The idea is megalomaniacal, crazy and funny: a cross-section of Wagner’s “Ring”, played on two organs. The result is profoundly serious.” (magazine “crescendo”)
 
“The result is impressive and the sound was absolutely brilliant. Whoever expects a thunderous “Wagner drone” will be disappointed. In his arrangement Hansjörg Albrecht does not rely on cheap effects, but on an extremely careful and sensitive handling of the original. (Bayern Klassik)
 
“Hansjörg Albrecht is the right person to bring this “Ring without Words” [orchestra version] over the stage ramp.” (NDR)
 
 
Nominated for the German Record Critics’ Award

Footsteps

 
Since 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”
 
  • 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
  • Würzburg, Cathedral
  • Hof, St. Michael
  • Leipzig, Gewandhaus
  • Muscat, Opera House