Strauss Le bourgeois gentilhomme – Suite
Wagner orch Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis of Tristan and Isolde
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
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Rattle conducts Strauss at his wittiest and Wagner at his most uninhibited. This is Tristan and Isolde as you’ve never heard it before.
'There’s nothing like it', says Sir Simon Rattle of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. 'I think even a genius like Wagner knew that in Tristan, he’d gone in a direction that he could never surpass.' It’s opera’s ultimate romance, and today Rattle and the LSO drive straight for its heart, with some of the most overwhelming love music ever created.
There are no singers involved: just the vast, intoxicating beauty of Wagner’s orchestra, surrendering to the senses in this breathtaking symphonic adaptation by Leopold Stokowski – the man behind Disney’s Fantasia. Infinite longing, supreme bliss … it's all a long way from Strauss’ Le bourgeois gentilhomme, in which classical music’s great comedian invites us to a dinner party that goes uproariously wrong. But then, there’s more than one way to have a good time.
Recorded at LSO St Luke's on Thursday 6 May in COVID-secure conditions.