Fire and Music

April 20, 2019, 4:30 pm

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The Burning of Troy by Claes Jansz. van der Willigen, collection of the Finnish National Gallery. (Photo: Claes Jansz. van der Willigen / Public domain)

A combustible combination as René Pape singing “Wotan’s Farewell” and “Fire Music” from Die Walküre. Régine Crespin witnesses the burning of Troy in Les Troyens. Larissa Diadkova sees her mother burned at the stake in Il trovatore.


“Stride la vampa” from Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
Larissa Diadkova, mezzo-soprano; London Symphony Orchestra; Antonio Pappano, conductor
(London 2001. EMI 5 87361 2)

“Adieu, fière cité” from Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz
Régine Crespin, soprano; National Theater Orchestra of the Paris Opera; Georges Prêtre, conductor
(Paris 1965. EMI 5 58031 0)

“Wotan’s Farewell” and “Magic Fire Music” from Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
René Pape, bass; Berlin Staatskapelle; Daniel Barenboim, conductor
(Berlin 2010. DGG B0015297‐02)