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Orchestral music from Richard Strauss's short opera Die Frau ohne Schatten, the fantastical story of an empress without a shadow and her husband who risks being turned to stone.

Live from the Royal Festival Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten and Zemlinsky's A Florentine Tragedy.

Entranced and inspired by Oscar Wilde's dark, death-ridden play, Alexander Zemlinsky conjured up his most colourful orchestral canvas in the one-act opera A Florentine Tragedy. Puccini claimed Zemlinsky's most overtly Straussian score was 'a rival to Salome but more human - more real.' The narrative of infidelity and rapprochement wasn't lost on Zemlinsky's former lover Alma Schindler, who was outraged when she saw the Vienna première. Zemlinsky might not have found that ever-elusive fame and fortune with his opera, but he poured his all into it, revealing more about the troublesome Alma than any of her former lovers would dare.

Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten (orchestral excerpts)

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski conductor.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Wed 26 Sep 2012 19:30

Music Played

  • London Philharmonic Orchestra part 1

    • Richard Strauss

      Die Frau ohne Schatten - opera in 3 acts Op.65 [1914-18] - orchestral excerpts

      Conductor: Vladimir JUROWSKI Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra

  • London Philharmonic Orchestra part 2

    • Alexander von Zemlinsky

      Eine Florentinische Tragodie - opera Op.16

      Conductor: Vladimir JUROWSKI Performer: Heike WESSELS - Mezzo-soprano Performer: Albert DOHMEN - Baritone Performer: Sergei SKOROKHODOV - Tenor Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra


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