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Watch Now: Minkowski Conducts Wagner, Beethoven. With Anne Sofie von Otter

Written By The Wagnerian on Monday, 29 April 2013 | 6:52:00 pm

Richard Wagner Faust Overture, WWV 59

Richard Wagner Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
1. Allegro con brio
2. Marcia funebre : Adagio assai
3. Scherzo : Allegro vivace
4. Finale : Allegro molto

The Swedish singer Anne Sofie von Otter has conquered the classical music world, singing the greatest mezzo soprano roles in the most prestigious opera houses. After her recordings of Berlioz's Les Nuits d'été with the founder of the ensemble Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble, she joins forces again with Marc Minkowski and opens this concert with the Wagner Wesendonck-Lieder.

Thus, this programme is an opportunity to celebrate the bicentenary of Richard Wagner's birth. This major piece of the Lieder repertoire tells the story of the impossible yet passionate love of the composer for the spouse of one of his sponsors, Otto von Wesendonck. An intimate work, which composition was contemporaneous with the one of Tristan and Isolde.

The Orchestre du Capitole concludes this concert with a rendition of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, also called "Eroica". Composed between 1803-1804, it is one of the composer's most popular works, which opened the Romantic era in music.

Anne Sofie von Otter and Marc Minkowski appear courtesy of Naïve Classique.