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Tristan und Isolde (Acts 1 and 2)

Katie Derham presents a performance from the Vienna State Opera of the first two acts of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. Plus Schumann: Konzertuck in F for four horns and orchestra.

This week's Thursday Opera Matinee (concluding on Friday) is Wagner's seminal music drama Tristan und Isolde, an epic tale of love steeped in Schopenhauerian philosophy. This specially recorded performance was given last December at the Vienna State Opera, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Katie Derham then continues her celebration of Schumann's 200th anniverary.

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde - Acts 1 and 2

Tristan ...... Robert Dean Smith (tenor)
Isolde ...... Violetta Urmana (soprano)
Brangane ...... Yvonne Naef (mezzo-soprano)
Kurwenal ....... Bo Skovhus (baritone)
King Marke ...... Franz-Josef Selig (bass)
Melot ...... Clemens Unterreiner (tenor)
Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle

(Act 3 tomorrow at 2pm)

Schumann: Konzertstuck in F for Four Horns and Orchestra
Radovan Vlatkovic, Zora Slokar, Ricardo Serrano, Simone Baroncini (horn)
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov.

3 hours