Prom 53 Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Prokofiev

Opened 22 Aug 2013
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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