With Jonathan Swain. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (exct). Berg: Die Nachtigall. Webern: Im Sommerwind. d'Indy: La mort de Wallenstein. Bax: Tintagel. Weber: Overture (Der Freischutz).
Wagner 200: Jonathan Swain presents speically recorded music by Wagner and some of those whom he influenced. The composer's typically complicated relationship with other composers is also explored, from his exaggerated rejection of the preternaturally gifted Mendelssohn and his deliberate cultivation of the myth of Carl Maria Weber as merely a 'Wagnerian forebear,' to his influence on all subsequent composers. The young Austrian Anton Webern merely dipped a toe in the Wagnerian waters before moving on, whilst the Frenchman Vincent d'Indy wallowed in them. On our own shores the Celtic-obsessed Arnold Bax shipped Wagner's Tristan and Isolde to the rugged coastline of Cornwall at Tintagel, complete with its romantically ruined castle perched high on the cliff and a musical quotation from Wagner's great love story itself.
Wagner: Tristan and Isolde Act 1 Prelude (with concert ending)
BBC Philharmonic, Paul Daniel (conductor)
Berg arr. Gottwald: Die Nachtigall for a capella choir
BBC Singers, David Hill (conductor)
Webern: Im Sommerwind
BBC Scottish SO, Donald Runnicles (conductor)
Vincent d'Indy: La Mort de Wallenstein from Wallenstein, Op 12
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thierry Fischer (conductor)
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thomas Sondergard (conductor)
BBC Philharmonic, Vernon Handley (conductor)
Mendelssohn: Overture Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
BBC Scottish SO, Ilan Volkov (conductor)
Wagner Symphony in C
BBC Concert Orchestra, Johannes Wildner (conductor)
Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Christoph König (conductor).
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