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London Philharmonic - Wagner, Strauss, Beethoven

Duration:
2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 14 December 2011

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Live from the Royal Festival Hall

Soprano Renée Fleming joins Christoph Eschenbach and the LPO for a programme including Wagner's Overture, Tannhäuser, the Four Last Songs by Strauss and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.

Renée Fleming has a particular affinity for Strauss's Four Last Songs, which she has lived with throughout her career. "So comforting and so beautiful', she says, 'every time I sing it, my breathing slows down. I feel as if I'm in an altered state at the end. I never tire of it - ever.' Surrounding it are two of the greatest representatives of German romanticism: Wagner's cascading overture to Tannhäuser, and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, possessed by an obsessive and at times demonic rhythmic drive.

Wagner:Overture, Tannhäuser
R Strauss: Four Last Songs

8.15: Interval

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Renée Fleming, soprano
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor.

Music Played

6 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Image for Tchaikovsky
      00:00

      Tchaikovsky July, September & November from The Seasons Op.37b for piano

      Performer: Christoph ESCHENBACH - Piano

      Ondine, ODE11045

    • Image for Richard Wagner
      00:07

      Richard Wagner Richard Wagner - Overture from Tannhauser - opera in 3 acts

      Conductor: Christoph ESCHENBACH Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Image for Richard Strauss
      00:21

      Richard Strauss 4 Letzte Lieder AV.150 for voice and orchestra

      Conductor: Christoph ESCHENBACH Performer: Renee FLEMING - Soprano Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Image for Richard Strauss
      00:45

      Richard Strauss Waldseligkeit Op.49`1 vers. for voice & orch.

      Conductor: Christoph ESCHENBACH Performer: Renee FLEMING - Soprano Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Image for Richard Strauss
      00:48

      Richard Strauss Trio & Finale (Act III) from Der Rosenkavalier - opera in 3 acts Op.59 [1909-10]

      Conductor: Christoph ESCHENBACH Performer: Barbara BONNEY - Soprano Performer: Renee FLEMING - Soprano Performer: Susan GRAHAM - Mezzo-soprano Performer: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

      DECCA, 466 314-2

    • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven
      01:02

      Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 7 in A major Op.92

      Conductor: Christoph ESCHENBACH Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra

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