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The late conductor Edward Downes and the BBC Philharmonic in music by Verdi and Wagner, including the Tannhauser Overture, Un ballo in maschera and Ride of the Valkyries.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Series celebrating the BBC work of the late conductor Edward Downes, focusing especially on the BBC Philharmonic, where he was principal conductor from 1980 to 1991 and thereafter conductor emeritus. Featuring opera by Verdi and Wagner, with scenes from a historic Royal Opera performance of Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, starring Jon Vickers and Ettore Bastianini, as well as John Tomlinson and Anne Evans in Wagner's Die Walkure.

Wagner: Overture (Tannhauser)
BBC Philharmonic
Edward Downes (conductor)

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (excerpt)
Cast includes:
Gustavo III ...... Jon Vickers (tenor)
Renato ...... Ettore Bastianini (bass)
Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra
Edward Downes (conductor)
(Live recording at Covent Garden, 1962)

Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walkure)
BBC Philharmonic
Edward Downes (conductor)

Verdi: Ballet music (Don Carlos, Act 3)
BBC Philharmonic
Edward Downes (conductor)

Wagner: Final scene (Die Walkure)
Brunnhilde ...... Anne Evans (soprano)
Wotan ...... John Tomlinson (bass)
BBC Philharmonic
Edward Downes (conductor).

2 hours