Richard Wagner, 1843.
The Flying Dutchman - Overture.
Richard Wagner was most notably known for his powerful and dramatic operas. His works were extensive and while there are many to chose from, The Fying Dutchman should not be left off any list of his greatest works. For the opera, Wagner drew a great deal of inspiration from the legend of the ghost ship "The Flying Dutchman". A rather compelling story, the legend tells of a ghost ship, its captain and crew, and their damnation to sail the seas until the coming of judgement. The overture as heard here opens with a powerful storm/sea motiff, which is followed by short motiffs introducing the Dutchman, and other characters. The Flying Dutchman truly is a compelling story of love and redemption (which Wagner will use in subsequent operas) with a remarkable underlying legend.
Selected recordings recommended for purchasing:
Royal Opera House Orchestra (conducted by Dorati) version available here.
New Philharmonia (conducted by Klemperer) version available here.
Artwork: Albert Ryder // The Flying Dutchman