Opera Explained: Wagner's Tristan and Isolde

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Opera Explained: Wagner's Tristan and Isolde



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31st July 2006




79 minutes


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Opera Explained: Wagner's Tristan and Isolde


Tristan und Isolde

An Inroduction to the Opera

Written and Read by Christopher Cook


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An entertaining but informative series introducing the major operas of the repertoire, with historical background, an explanation of the plot and a presentation of the main arias and themes. Opera Explained is a unique idea. Nothing of its kind exists. An ideal introduction to individual operas either to prepare for the full Naxos recording, or a visit to the opera house.

An Introduction to... WAGNER Tristan und Isolde

Background: 'Since I have never in my life...'

When Richard Wagner began to compose Tristan und Isolde...

The music of Lohengrin...

Composition: Tristan’s sailor looks to the horizon for Cornwall...

The prose sketch for Tristan und Isolde...

For the first and only time...

Wagner’s most beautiful of dreams...

The opera: Tristan und Isolde was never intended to be...

Isolde, however, rails against Tristan...

Act II takes place at night...

Then, for a second time in the opera...

Before the start of the Third Act...

Tristan begins to rave again...

The shepherd boy pipes another...

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