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OAE - Wagner, Mahler, Liszt

The OAE performs at the Royal Festival Hall, London, Wagner: Prelude (Parsifal). Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Sarah Connolly - mezzo); Totenfeier. Liszt: Les Preludes.

Presented by Martin Handley

Period band the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment throw their focus forward to the late 19th Century and works by three of the great late romantic composers. Sarah Connolly is the soloist in Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer, youthful musings on love and nature, some of which he reworked into his First Symphony while the Totenfeier which follows it became the opening movement of his Second Symphony. Surrounding these are two preludes: Wagner's lushly romantic Prelude to his opera Parsifal and Liszt's poetically inspired tone poem.

Wagner: Prelude to Parsifal
Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Mahler: Totenfeier
Liszt: Les Preludes

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

Followed by the next instalment of the Wigmore Hall's continuing decade by decade exploration of 100 years of German song. This week we reach the 1840s and music by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Loewe

Roman Trekel (baritone)
Malcolm Martineau (piano).

2 hours, 15 minutes

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