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Opera Explained: WAGNER, R. - The Flying Dutchman (Timson)


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Opera Explained: WAGNER, R. - The Flying Dutchman (Timson)

Opera Explained
An Introduction to... WAGNER: The Flying Dutchman

Author: Thomson Smillie
Narrator: David Timson
1 CD
8-page booklet
Naxos 8.558013
ISBN: 1-84379-076-9

The Flying Dutchman is the perfect opera with which to approach the operatic mountain that is Richard Wagner. It is short, has a great story (the legend of the Dutch captain doomed to sail forever unless redeemed through love), and the striking score has many pre-echoes of Wagner's later great music dramas. It contains wonderful tunes in its arias, ensembles, and big choruses, and the orchestral writing - from the gale that blows out of the Overture to the final theme of 'Redemption through Love' - will... well... 'blow you away'.

These 'wonderful tunes' are enriched by a lively explanation of their context. From the opera's dramatic opening, which reflects Wagner's own nautical experiences as he fled from creditors and the law, we see how it contains many of the hall-marks, many of the foot-prints, of his later, greater works. And we find out why The Flying Dutchman was such a blazing triumph for this most controversial and Romantic of composers.

Wagner, Richard

  An Introduction to...The Flying Dutchman
1.   Introduction 00:03:36
2.   A short history 00:03:06
3.   Extracts from other operas 00:06:51
4.   The Ring 00:06:35
5.   Leitmotifs, Norse, and Germanic myths and Love 00:02:12
6.   The Overture and the plot 00:03:11
7.   Act I 00:07:19
8.   Daland and the Dutchman 00:05:38
9.   Act II: Inside Daland's house 00:06:32
10.   Erik and Senta 00:04:46
11.   Senta and the Dutchman 00:05:10
12.   Act III 00:05:57
13.   The denouement 00:06:31

Total Playing Time: 01:07:24

Wagner, Richard

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.558013

Barcode: 0636943801321

Boxset: 8.660919-21

Physical Release: 08/2002

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