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The BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra

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Leader, Philip Whiteway
Conducted by E. Godfrey Brown
'The Hebrides' Overture
Mendelssohn's Overture ' The Hebrides', otherwise known as ' Fingal's Cave ', was inspired by a visit paid by the composer to Scotland in 1829. This very beautiful work has well been described as a seascape and it certainly suggests the surge of the sea in all its power and ruggedness.
'Forest Murmurs'
This is one of Wagner's most magical pieces of descriptive writing.
Siegfried is lying under a tree listening dreamily to the music of the forest: the rustling of leaves, the ripple of the stream, and the songs of the birds.
Siegfried cuts himself a reed-pipe and tries to imitate the bird songs. He thinks about his mother, who died in giving him birth, and he becomes sad. We hear the expressive motive ' The Sorrow of the Volsungs '. Siegfried's thoughts now turn to love and the beautiful new theme of the hero's ' Longing for Love' is introduced.


Philip Whiteway
Conducted By:
E. Godfrey Brown

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