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Work: Rienzi, der Letze der Tribunen: overture

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ComposerWagner, Richard (1813-1883)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOrchestral
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LondonBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

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Wagner, Stravinsky, Dvořák
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ParisZubin Mehta & Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Wagner, Stravinsky, Dvořák
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Zubin Mehta
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German bombast. French joie de vivre. Russian soul-searching. You could hardly ask for more contrast in the principal themes of last night’s Prom, with Philippe Jordan conducting the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, from the military pomp of Wagner’s overture to Rienzi to the fairground whirl of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major.
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