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Considered by many to be the greatest of ALL Strauss operas that you've never heard of.
Although Strauss described Daphne as a "bucolic tragedy," based on Greek myth, it is not an opera about loss, as is Orpheus, or about retribution, as in Elektra, but rather something else altogether. Daphne, a child of nature, embodies both chaste purity and bewitching glamour, rejects two suitors, and, through metamorphosis, turns into a tree, becoming for all time a part of the natural world she ardently loves. In Strauss's drama, the greater weight is placed on the bucolic, the pastoral, and on humanity's relationship to the natural world. Given the turbulence of 1930s Germany, when the piece was composed, Strauss's artistic response also suggests a meditation on humanity—the good and the bad—and an homage to the ideals of Hellenism that had informed German musical culture from the time of Goethe to Strauss's present day (ideals that were increasingly under the shadow of the rising nihilism that seemed intent on destroying that very culture). Notwithstanding the opera's special, evocative, dreamlike quality, there remains plenty of dramatic action—a cattle stampede, the trajectory of Apollo's chariot, Dionysian revels—that delivers full-on bravura.
Performed by the CMD Grand Opera Company of Barcelona Spain.
Produced and Conducted by Joana Filipe Martinez
Over 100 of our favorite works by Tchaikovsky.
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Over 100 tracks of our favorite works by JS Bach.
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Over 7 hours from our newest compilation of over 10 hours of music by Beethoven.
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Our annual Christmas broadcast of Handel's "Messiah."
Hosted by Redd Horrocks
Sir Neville Marriner, conductor
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
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Over 100 of our favorite works by Handel.
Includes a complete performance of "Messiah", "Water Music", "Royal Fireworks" and much more!
Over 6 hours of Handel!
Iolanta, Op. 69, is a lyric opera in one act by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. It was the last opera he composed. The libretto was written by the composer's brother Modest Tchaikovsky, and is based on the Danish play Kong Renés Datter (King René's Daughter) by Henrik Hertz, a romanticised account of the life of Yolande de Bar. In the original Danish play, the spelling of the princess's name was "Iolanthe", later adopted for the otherwise unrelated Gilbert and Sullivanoperetta of that name. The play was translated by Fyodor Miller and adapted by Vladimir Zotov. The opera received its premiere on 18 December 1892 in Saint Petersburg.
Sylvia Wagner, conductor
CMD German Opera Company of Berlin
Tchaikovsky's most popular and final ballet.
Performed by the CMD Philharmonic of Paris and conducted by Dominique Beaulieu.