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Opera Explained: WAGNER - Tristan und Isolde (Cook) (Christopher Cook/ Elaine Claxton/ Laura Paton/ Sean Barrett) (Naxos: 8.558195)

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Tristan und Isolde' centres around two lovers who dream of romantic love and yearn for oblivion. No composer had written such a work before. Turning his back on traditional tonality, Wagner changed the course of Western music with 'Tristan und Isolde'. But there's also fact behind the fiction: while he wrote his opera Wagner was in love with another's man's wife, Mathilde Wesendonk. So Tristan and Isolde are also Richard and Mathilde. Christopher Cook explores the making of a masterpiece, the story of lovers gripped by a passion that can only be consummated beyond the grave, a forbidden love that is blind to duty, honour and social obligation

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Item number 8558195
Barcode 636943819524
Release date 03/07/2006
Category Classical Music | Audio Books
Label Naxos Educational
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Artists Barrett, Sean
Claxton, Elaine
Paton, Laura
Christopher Cook
Disc: 1
An Introduction to... WAGNER Tristan und Isolde
1 Background: 'Since I have never in my life...'
2 When Richard Wagner began to compose Tristan und I
3 The music of Lohengrin...
4 Composition: Tristan’s sailor looks to the horizon
5 The prose sketch for Tristan und Isolde...
6 For the first and only time...
7 Wagner’s most beautiful of dreams...
8 The opera: Tristan und Isolde was never intended t
9 Isolde, however, rails against Tristan...
10 Act II takes place at night...
11 Then, for a second time in the opera...
12 Before the start of the Third Act...
13 Tristan begins to rave again...
14 The shepherd boy pipes another...
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