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Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra perform Wagner, Richard Strauss and Debussy

Southwell Minster, Church Street, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0HD
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Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra perform Wagner, Richard Strauss and Debussy


Saturday 23 June 2018 | 7.30pm
Southwell Minster
Tickets: £15 / £11 / £5

Come to an exciting concert in the wonderful surroundings of Southwell Minster!  On Saturday 23 June at 7.30pm there is an opportunity to hear music by Wagner, Richard Strauss and Debussy - all romantic, emotional and dramatic! 

Richard Wagner wrote his music-drama Tristan and Isolde based on an old Celtic legend. It tells of the adulterous love of the knight Tristan for the princess Isolde, whom he is escorting from Brittany to be a wife for his lord, King Mark. There are many versions of the tale, and Wagner's is the best known retelling in music. We play the Prelude and Liebestod, music from the opening and the very end of the opera, which encapsulates the essence of romantic love.

Debussy never wrote a symphony, but La Mer – “three symphonic sketches” - comes pretty close. The individual movements are wonderfully evocative of the sea, in its various aspects. Yet there is a musical unity that overlays the scene painting, which makes for a hugely satisfying and integrated masterpiece.

In recent years Mark Elder and the Halle have commissioned British composer Colin Matthews to make orchestrations of Debussy's piano preludes – yes, all 24 of them! Matthews took five years in total over the task, and the Halle played them all as they emerged from the composer's study. They are beginning to make quite a stir in musical circles, as people realise just how good they are. We are delighted to be able to bring four of them to Southwell, and they will suit the Minster ambience perfectly. We include The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, and end with The Submerged Cathedral. (This references another Celtic legend, of a sunken cathedral off the coast of Brittany.)

Richard Strauss wrote several magnificent tone poems in the 1880s, all highly colourful. They show off the capabilities of the modern orchestra superbly, being great fun to play and wonderful for the listener. This is true even of Death and Transfiguration which, rather than dwelling on death, concentrates on the glorious transfiguration that follows. Regardless of your beliefs, you will be carried away by the radiant beauty of the music!

Tickets at £15, £11, and £5 for children and students are available from The Southwell Minster Cathedral Shop in person or via 01636 812933 as well as from the Royal Centre Box Office, Nottingham 0115 989 5555 and also via the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra website link at the top of this page.

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