"The audience is requested not to refrain from talking during the overture. Otherwise, they will know all the tunes before the opera begins."


Ralph Vaughan Williams 

20 June 2012 ·

Wagner - Overture to Tannhäuser
Berliner Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan, cond. 

The overture to Tannhäuser, along with the Siegfried Idyll and a few others, is a selection by Wagner which has been given its own standing as a concert piece. Wagner completed the opera, inspired primarily by the poetry of Heine, between 1843 and 1845. The overture was written last—it is framed by the majestic Pilgrim’s Chorus (“Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat, ich schauen”) which was to become one of Wagner’s most memorable melodies.  

30 December 2011 ·

90 plays

Alster Overture: Concert of Frogs and Crows

Philip Pickett: New London Consort


Georg Philipp Telemann
Alster Overture: Concert of Frogs and Crows

New London Consort - Philip Pickett, dir. 

(Source: amazon.com, via bachsweets-deactivated20130721)

3 July 2011 ·

Antônio Carlos Gomes - Overture to Il Guarany
Royal Philharmonic Orch., E. A. Diemecke, cond.

If Villa-Lobos was the major composer of modern Brazil, Gomes (1836-1896) was perhaps the leading musician of the nation’s imperial past. His exoticist opera Il Guarany was a great success at La Scala in 1870, earning comparisons with Verdi and a decoration from the King of Italy. Gomes composed eight operas in total, but none of his other efforts enjoyed the acclaim of Il Guarany.

Gomes was faithful to the Brazilian monarchy; when the republic was established in 1889, Gomes left again for Italy, returning to Brazil only in the final months of his life. 

13 January 2011 ·

Curtis Lindsay
Pianist, composer,
expert in nonsense.

About / contact

Questions, comments

Browse tags



Musical works