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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.

from 2.00pm
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)

2.20pm
Vincent d'Indy: La Mort de Wallenstein from Wallenstein, Op 12
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thierry Fischer (conductor)

2.50pm
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thomas Sondergard (conductor)

3.10pm
Bax: Tintagel
BBC Philharmonic, Vernon Handley (conductor)

3.35pm
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).

2 hours, 30 minutes

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Mon 20 May 2013 14:00

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Music Played

  • Richard Wagner

    Prelude to Tristan und Isolde Act I

  • Anton Webern

    Im Sommerwind - idyll for orchestra

  • Vincent d’Indy

    Wallenstein - 3 symphonic overtures

    • Indy: Wallenstein, Choral Varié, Saugefleurie, Lied.
    • 001.
  • Richard Wagner

    Siegfried-Idyll for small orchestra

  • Arnold Bax

    Tintagel - symphonic poem

  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Meeresstille und gluckliche Fahrt - overture Op.27

  • Richard Wagner

    Symphony in C major

  • Gabriel Fauré

    Souvenirs de Bayreuth for piano duet (Fantaisie en forme de quadrille)

    Performer: Kathryn Stott. Performer: Martin Roscoe.
    • Faure: The Complete Music for Piano: Kathryn Stott.
    • Hyperion.
    • 8.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Der Freischutz Overture

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Et incarnatus est (Mass in C minor)

    Singer: Sylvia McNair. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Philips.

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