This audio excerpt from a Beyond the Score presentation includes a complete performance of the Prelude to Act I and the entire Act II of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen is joined by a leading cast for the opera’s act, and to complete the program, selections from the CSO Resound album Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Live are played at the end.

Wagner  Prelude to Tristan und Isolde
Tristan und Isolde, Act II

Stefan Vinke, Tenor (Tristan)
Linda Watson, Soprano (Isolde)
John Relyea, Bass (Marke)
Michelle DeYoung, Mezzo-Soprano (Brangäne)
Sean Panikkar, Tenor (Melot)
Daniel Eifert, Baritone (Kurwenal)

This program will be available until April 9, 2016



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