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
Verdi: Four Sacred Pieces
Hallé Choir and Orchestra
Sir Mark Elder (conductor).