Wagner 200: Jonathan Swain presents speically recorded music by Wagner and some of those whom he influenced. The composer's typically complicated relationship with other composers is also explored, from his exaggerated rejection of the preternaturally gifted Mendelssohn and his deliberate cultivation of the myth of Carl Maria Weber as merely a 'Wagnerian forebear,' to his influence on all subsequent composers. The young Austrian Anton Webern merely dipped a toe in the Wagnerian waters before moving on, whilst the Frenchman Vincent d'Indy wallowed in them. On our own shores the Celtic-obsessed Arnold Bax shipped Wagner's Tristan and Isolde to the rugged coastline of Cornwall at Tintagel, complete with its romantically ruined castle perched high on the cliff and a musical quotation from Wagner's great love story itself.

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Wagner: Tristan and Isolde Act 1 Prelude (with concert ending)

BBC Philharmonic, Paul Daniel (conductor)

Berg arr. Gottwald: Die Nachtigall for a capella choir

BBC Singers, David Hill (conductor)

Webern: Im Sommerwind

BBC Scottish SO, Donald Runnicles (conductor)


Vincent d'Indy: La Mort de Wallenstein from Wallenstein, Op 12

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thierry Fischer (conductor)


Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thomas Sondergard (conductor)


Bax: Tintagel

BBC Philharmonic, Vernon Handley (conductor)


Mendelssohn: Overture Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

BBC Scottish SO, Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Wagner Symphony in C

BBC Concert Orchestra, Johannes Wildner (conductor)

Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Christoph König (conductor).


Wagner 200: in the week of Wagner's anniversary, Katie Derham presents Act 1 of Die Walküre conducted by the leading Wagner conductor Donald Runnicles. Wagner's influence on other composers is explored with music by his rival Berlioz and his follower Humperdinck. And there's a lush symphonic poem by the young Schoenberg who was at that stage awash with the music of Richard Wagner.

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Wagner: Faust Overture

BBC Concert Orchestra, Johannes Wildner (conductor)

Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela from Lemminkainen suite Op.22

Colin Stark (cor anglais), Ulster Orchestra, Paul Watkins (conductor)


Wagner: Die Walküre Act 1

Sieglinde - Heidi Melton (soprano),

Siegmund - Stuart Skelton (tenor),

Hunding - Reinhard Hagen (bass)

BBC Scottish SO, Donald Runnicles (conductor)


Berlioz: Overture to Beatrice et Benedict


Schoenberg: Pelleas und Melisande - symphonic poem (Op.5)

BBC Philharmonic, Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)


Humperdinck: Overture to Hansel and Gretel

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Grant Llewellyn (conductor).


Wagner 200: On the anniversary of his birth in 1813, Katie Derham presents music from Wagner's last opera, Parsifal, and the Symphony No 7 by his disciple Anton Bruckner, who paid tribute to Wagner in its slow movement, complete with the magisterial sounds of the Wagner tuba.

Wagner: Prelude to Parsifal Act 1

BBC Scottish SO, Andrew Litton (conductor)

Bruckner: Symphony no 7 in E

BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena (conductor).

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Wagner 200: Katie Derham's selection ending this week of music by Wagner and those he influenced includes a performance of his Wesendonck Lieder. There's also a symphonic poem by his father-in-law, Franz Liszt, and a choral work by Debussy which shows the influence of his visit to Bayreuth to see Wagner's Parsifal.

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Wagner: Lohengrin Act 1 Prelude

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Manze (conductor)

Franck: Les éolides

Ulster Orchestra, Jean-Luc Tigaud (conductor)


Wagner, orch. Mottl: Wesendonck Lieder

Jane Dutton (soprano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)


Liszt: Prometheus - symphonic poem (S.99)

BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)


Wagner, arr Vlieger: The Ring - an orchestral adventure

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)


Debussy: La damoiselle élue

Sandrine Piau (soprano), Madeleine Shaw (mezzo), BBC Chorus of Wales, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thierry Fischer (conductor)


Busoni: Funeral Monument from Geharnischte Suite Op 34a

BBC Philharmonic, Neeme Jarvi (conductor)


Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger

BBC NOW, Andrew Gourlay (conductor).

Katie Derham presents music by Wagner, Franck, Liszt, Debussy and Busoni.