Jonathan Swain explores how composers have taken Shakespearean themes for inspiration. With Chausson, Thomas Linley the younger, Nyman and Tchaikovsky, plus a work by Schuman.
Following this week's Building A Library choice of Elgar's Falstaff, Jonathan Swain sets off to look at the ways different composers have taken Shakespearean themes for inspiration. He focuses on the Tempest, with music from Chausson, Thomas Linley the Younger, Michael Nyman, and Tchaikovsky. The American season includes works by Edward MacDowell, Randall Thompson and William Schuman's 3rd Symphony.