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Thursday Opera Matinee - Wagner 200: BBC SSO in Wagner's Tristan

Louise Fryer presents the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the second act of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde. Plus Berlioz, Stravinsky, and the BBC Singers in Pizzetti.

Thursday Opera Matinee

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's epic journey through Wagner's Tristan and Isolde continues this afternoon with Act 2 - including the famous love duet, interrupted at its climax by Isolde's cuckolded husband (and Tristan's friend) King Mark. Their concert at Edinburgh's Usher Hall started with forbidden love, too, in Berlioz's music inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Plus continuing this week's twin themes of Stravinsky from the BBC SSO and twentieth century music influenced by older music in the choral works of Italian composer Ildebrando Pizzetti.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet - Suite from the Dramatic Symphony
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Conductor Donald Runnicles.

Wagner: Tristan and Isolde, Act 2
Isolde ..... Nina Stemme (soprano)
Tristan ..... Ian Storey (tenor)
Brangäne ..... Jane Irwin (mezzo)
King Mark ..... Peter Rose (soprano)
Melot ..... Andrew Rees (tenor)
Kurwenal ..... Mikhail Pavlov (baritone)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Conductor Donald Runnicles.

Ildebrando Pizzetti: 2 composizioni corali
BBC Singers,
Conductor Paul Brough.

Stravinsky: Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra
Steven Osborne (piano),
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Conductor Ilan Volkov.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Hector Berlioz

    Romeo et Juliet - Suite from the Dramatic Symphony, Op.17

  • Richard Wagner

    Act 2 of Tristan und Isolde

  • Ildebrando Pizzetti

    2 Composizioni Corali

  • Igor Stravinsky

    Capriccio for Piano & Orchestra