Prom 53 Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Prokofiev

The Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore, Inner London, Greater London SW7 2AP
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Part of the BBC Proms.

Charismatic Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci joins the young Canadian Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, for Wagner's Wesendonck-Lieder, a song-cycle thick with musical references to what would become Tristan and Isolde and written when the composer was infatuated with Mathilde Wesendonck, author of the poems and wife of Wagner's patron. Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet relates another doomed love, while Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony has a brightness and energy beyond the requirements of Soviet war-time propaganda. Finish time: 21:55