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Halle, Elder: Wagner, Strauss, Verdi

Stuart Flinders presents a concert of Wagner, Strauss and Verdi given by The Halle, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, depicting the conflict between spiritual and sensual love.

Stuart Flinders presents a concert of Wagner, Strauss and Verdi given by The Hallé orchestra and choir, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, depicting the conflict between spiritual and sensual love. In the first half, erotic charge and the musical orgy of Venusberg in a work admired by both Queen Victoria and Oscar Wilde: Wagner's Tannhauser, where goddesses, knights, sirens, nymphs and chanting pilgrims express the dichotomous urges of spirit and flesh.

Then Richard Strauss's vivid tone poem Don Juan. Though the emphasis is on the erotic hedonism of that ultimate libertine and womaniser, the score was prefaced by an extract from the titular poem by Nikolaus Lenau - actually more of a philosophical treatise on love than a Don Giovannian list of notches on bedposts.

The second half belongs to the contemplation of divine love with Quattro pezzi sacri by Verdi. Four sacred texts reference Dante and Palestrina, and conclude with the glorious Te Deum - which Verdi wished to have buried with him.

Wagner: Overture and Venusberg music (Tannhäuser)
R. Strauss: Don Juan

INTERVAL

Verdi: Four Sacred Pieces

Hallé Choir and Orchestra
Sir Mark Elder (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Richard Wagner

    Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg music

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
  • Richard Strauss

    Don Juan Op.20

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    4 Pezzi sacri

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    A Life for the Tsar (Ivan Susanin), opera: Act IV: Susanin's aria & scene

    Singer: Evgeny Nesterenko. Orchestra: Bol'shoi Simfonicheskiy Orkestr. Conductor: Mark Ermler.
    • Greatest Voices of the Bolshoi.
    • Melodiya.
    • 12.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Christmas Eve, Opera in 4 Acts - Oksana's Aria (Act 1, Scene 2)

    Singer: Vera Firssova. Orchestra: Bol'shoi Simfonicheskiy Orkestr. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
    • Greatest Voices of the Bolshoi.
    • Melodiya.
    • 2.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Fantasia on Russian Themes, Op 33

    Performer: Nathan Milstein. Conductor: Robert Irving. Orchestra: Robert Irving Orchestra.
    • EMI.

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