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Richard Wagner: from “The flying Dutchman” (overture)
from “Das Rheingold” (prelude, Alberich’s curse, entry of the gods into valhall)
from “Götterdämmerung” (final scene)
from “Tannhäuser” (Venusberg bacchanal)
Reading from Rheingold and Tannhäuser
She is actually only a minor character in Wagner’s “Rheingold”. And yet, Freyja – the goddess of eternal youth and eponym for our Friday – is at the heart of the dramatic story. After all, only because the gods needed Freyja’s apples to survive did they steal the ring of the Nibelung, causing a catastrophe. It took Richard Wagner 16 hours to let the entire drama unfold – the brilliant piano duo Tal & Groethuysen and reader Thomas Höft cover the highlights in half a concert. They add the “Tannhäuser” by the master from Bayreuth to honour Venus as well. After all, she lends her name to Friday in the Romance countries.