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Episode 4

Donald Macleod considers Dukas's collaboration with Belgian poet and playwright Maurice Maeterlinck on the celebrated opera Ariane et Barbe-bleu.

With Donald Macleod

Paul Dukas' scholarship and work as a music critic may well have encouraged him to compose the Variations, Interlude and Finale on a theme by Rameau. But the diversity of Dukas' activities also probably contributed to the long gestation period for his only opera, Ariane et Barbe-bleue, hailed by Vincent d'Indy as the most important piece of theatrical music since Wagner's music-dramas!

1 hour

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    Hommage à Haydn

    Performer: Margaret Fingerhut

    • Chandos 8578.
    • 1.
  • Paul Dukas

    Prélude Elégiaque sur le nom d'Haydn

    Performer: Margaret Fingerhut (piano)

    • Chandos 8578.
    • 2.
  • Paul Dukas

    Variations, Interlude et Finale

    Performer: Margaret Fingerhut (piano)

    • Chandos 8765.
    • 1 to 14.
  • Paul Dukas

    Ariane et Barbe-Bleue (excerpt from Act 1)

    Performer: Lori Phillips (soprano) Performer: Patricia Bardon (mezzo soprano) Performer: Daphne Touchais (soprano) Performer: Ana James (soprano) Performer: Sarah-Jane Davies (soprano) Performer: Peter Rose (bass) Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra Performer: Leon Botstein (conductor)

    • Telarc 857 3880512.
    • 3 to 6.

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