Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Wagner 360
WAGNER Tristan und Isolde:Prelude and Liebestod
LISZT Piano Concerto No.2
HANS VON BLOW Nirwana
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Alexander Shelley Conductor
Mariam Batsashvili Piano
Wagners incomparable opera Tristan und Isolde features in the second concert of Alexander Shelleys 360 series, exploring musical influences and relationships that inspired great composers. The profoundly meditative Prelude and Liebestod opens the opera with lush orchestration, expressive harmonies and chromaticism that divided those who heard it in its day, irrevocably influencing the course of Western music in the nineteenth century.
Blow and Liszt were both contemporaries and supporters of Wagner, whose personal relationships are well documented through Wagners scandalous affair with Liszts daughter Blows wife. Liszts Piano Concerto No.2 and Blows Nirwana exhibit a Wagnerian fanaticism, but countering this is Brahms, whose stalwart conservative voice of the era is heard in the classically influenced Variations on a Theme by Haydn.
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