Opera Explained: WAGNER - Tristan und Isolde (Cook)
An Introduction to... WAGNER Tristan und Isolde Cook, Christopher, reader Claxton, Elaine, reader Paton, Laura, reader Barrett, Sean, reader
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Written and read by Christopher Cook with with Sean Barrett as Wagner 1 CD 12-page booklet ISBN: 1-84379-218-4 Tristan und Isolde centres around two lovers who dream of romantic love and yearn for oblivion. No composer had written such a work before. Turning his back on traditional tonality, Wagner changed the course of Western music with Tristan und Isolde. But there's also fact behind the fiction: while he wrote his opera Wagner was in love with another's man's wife, Mathilde Wesendonk. So Tristan and Isolde are also Richard and Mathilde. Christopher Cook explores the making of a masterpiece, the story of lovers gripped by a passion that can only be consummated beyond the grave, a forbidden love that is blind to duty, honour and social obligation.