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Opera Explained: WAGNER - Tristan und Isolde (Cook)

Opera Explained
An Introduction to… WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde

  • Written and read by Christopher Cook
  • with Sean Barrett as Wagner
  • 1 CD 12-page booklet
  • ISBN: 1-84379-218-4

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 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.

  An Introduction to... WAGNER Tristan und Isolde
1.   Background: 'Since I have never in my life... ' 00:03:27
2.   When Richard Wagner began to compose Tristan und Isolde... 00:06:11
3.   The music of Lohengrin... 00:05:20
4.   Composition: Tristan’s sailor looks to the horizon for Cornwall... 00:03:46
5.   The prose sketch for Tristan und Isolde... 00:05:53
6.   For the first and only time... 00:05:10
7.   Wagner’s most beautiful of dreams... 00:06:33
8.   The opera: Tristan und Isolde was never intended to be... 00:07:18
9.   Isolde, however, rails against Tristan... 00:06:05
10.   Act II takes place at night... 00:07:19
11.   Then, for a second time in the opera... 00:06:08
12.   Before the start of the Third Act... 00:06:24
13.   Tristan begins to rave again... 00:03:38
14.   The shepherd boy pipes another... 00:06:13

Total Playing Time: 01:19:25

Barrett, Sean; Claxton, Elaine; Cook, Christopher; Paton, Laura

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Catalogue No: 8.558195

Barcode: 636943819524

Physical Release: 07/2006

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