BBC Symphony Orchestra / Gardner

Wagner's Prelude to Tristan and Isolde

20 December 2013 / 19:30


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Wagner Overture, Faust
Wagner Wesendonck-Lieder
Webern Passacaglia
Wagner Tristan and Isolde, Prelude (Act 1)
Berg Seven Early Songs
Strauss Death and Transfiguration

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner
Christine Brewer soprano

Celebrated American soprano Christine Brewer is a very special guest for this sumptuous evening of Wagner, Strauss and composers of the Second Viennese school, conducted by the Edward Gardner of English National Opera. Tristan and Isolde and the Wesendonck-Lieder belong to the same turbulent period of Wagner’s life, when he was amorously involved with Mathilde Wesendonck. His settings of her poetry share the same heady chromaticism and ecstatic heights as Tristan, and find an echo in Strauss’s lavish tone poem Death and Transfiguration. Webern’s masterly Passacaglia anticipates the exquisitely-heard, Expressionist world of Berg’s Seven Early Songs.

The concert finishes at approximately 9.45pm

BBC SO Plus: Pre-concert talk, Fountain Room, 6pm
An introduction to tonight’s concert.

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