Live from City Halls, Glasgow
Presented by Jamie MacDougall
Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform excerpts from Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette and Wagner's Tristan und Isolde Act 2.
Berlioz Roméo et Juliette (excerpts)
Wagner Tristan und Isolde: Act II
(concert performance, sung in German)
Nina Stemme (soprano) ..... Isolde
Robert Dean Smith (tenor) ..... Tristan
Jane Irwin (mezzo) ..... Brangäne
Peter Rose (bass) ..... King Mark
Andrew Rees (tenor) ..... Melot
Mikhail Pavlov (baritone) ..... Kurvenal
Donald Runnicles, conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Darkness falls, and love finds a way. In Act II of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, the summer night itself seems to shimmer with emotion, as the two lovers consummate their passion beneath a canopy of stars. Yet treachery hides in the shadows, and Wagner follows his greatest love scene with some of the most tragic music he ever wrote. Donald Runnicles and a superb international cast dive deep into the glowing heart of Wagner's epic love story. The concert opens with excerpts from the work that some think gave Wagner his inspiration: Hector Berlioz's scarcely less extraordinary Roméo et Juliette.