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Wagner Madness

Wagner 200
Brilliant symphony
Date Fri 2 Aug Venue Sydney Opera House
Duration 1 hour 15 minutes

A miracle of a symphony, a dream of a flute concerto, and Wagner madness.

Without Ludwig II of Bavaria there'd be no fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein; we wouldn't have the famous opera house in Bayreuth or quite as many Wagner operas. Was Ludwig mad? Certainly he was mad about Wagner's music. So in this Wagner 200th anniversary year we play an orchestral fanfare inspired by Ludwig's story and themes from The Ring operas. Original Wagner follows with music from The Mastersingers of Nuremberg and the rip-roaring Ride of the Valkyries - 'Hojotoho!'

Before madness comes classical equilibrium. In his 'Miracle' Symphony, Haydn surpassed himself, delighting his London audience with the brilliant sounds of trumpets and drums, and the rich variety of his ideas.

Lowell Liebermann has found his own way to please audiences, in music bursting with optimism and hummable melodies. A 'flautist's dream composer'? James Galway thought so when he commissioned this luminous concerto.

Wagner Madness

Audio kindly supplied by Silver Partner Universal Music (except Track 3).

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Track 1 - HAYDN Symphony No.96 in D (Miracle): 1. Allegro
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Sir Colin Davis
PHILIPS 445 576

Track 3 - LEDGER The Madness and Death of King Ludwig: Ring Cycle quote
West Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Asher Fisch
ABC Classic FM recording 2008

Track 4 - WAGNER Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries (conclusion)
Orchestre de Paris conducted by Daniel Barenboim
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 478 3374

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PROGRAM
  • HAYDN Symphony No.96 (Miracle)
  • L LIEBERMANN Flute Concerto
  • LEDGER The Madness and Death of King Ludwig
  • WAGNER Die Meistersinger: Highlights from Act III Ride of the Valkyries
  • (Tea & Symphony: Haydn, L Liebermann, Wagner only)
Artists
  • Nicholas Carter conductor
  • Janet Webb flute
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