London Philharmonic Orchestra podcast: December

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Edward Seckerson explores concert performances of two very different operas.

Vladimir Jurowski pairs the opening Adagio of Mahler's unfinished Symphony No 10 with Act 2 of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, and discusses the hugely important role the latter work had in the dissolution of 19th century tonality. Opera Rara has worked for many years to give little-known operas a voice through recordings and concert performances, and David Parry talks to Edward Seckerson about Donizetti's Parisina, and the challenges and rewards of the unknown.

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Concert Dates

6 December 2008: Donizetti: Parisina

13 December 2008: Mahler: Symphony No 10, Adagio. Wagner: Tristan and Isolde, Act 2

Music excerpts playlist

Clip 1: Rossini: Bianca e Falliero. Act 1

LPO conducted by David Parry. ORC20.

Used by kind permission of Opera Rara

Clips 2 & 3: Wagner: Tristan and Isolde

LPO conducted by Jiri Belohlavek. Nina Stemme (Isolde), Robert Gambill (Tristan). OA-0988D (DVD)

Used by kind permission of Opus Arte and Glyndebourne

Clip 4: Donizetti: Il diluvio universale. Act 1

LPO conducted by Giuliano Carella. ORC31.

Used by kind permission of Opera Rara

Clip 5: Rossini: La donna del lago. Act II Rondo finale.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maurizio Benini, soprano Carmen Giannattasio. ORC34.

Used by kind permission of Opera Rara

Clip 6: Elgar: Froissart, Concert Overture Op 19

LPO conducted by Edward Elgar. LPO-0016-20 (5 CD set).