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Saturday, January 14, 2017 Permalink

The Ophelia Connection

Ophelia by Alexandre Cabanel


Hamlet may be Shakespeare’s most famous play—and most famous character—but when it comes to music inspired by the drama, the Danish prince often takes second place to the woman he once loved and now rejects.

In this hour, Shakespeare’s Ophelia in works by Brahms, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky and more.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Thomas: Hamlet Thomas Hampson; June Anderson; London Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers; Antonio de Almeida EMI Classics 7 54820 2 077775482027
Tchaikovsky: Hamlet Overture and Incidental Music London Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon Chandos CHAN X10108 095115110829 
MacDowell: Suites Nos. 1 and 2 / Hamlet and Ophelia Ulster Orchestra, Takuo Yuasa Naxos 8.559075 0636943907528
Shostakovich: Hamlet Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, DmitryYablonsky Naxos 8.557446 0747313244621
Walton: Hamlet/ As You Like It [for break & promo music] RTE Concert Orchestra, Andrew Penny Naxos 8.553344 0730099434423
Shakespeare’s Musick Meredith Hall, Musicians of the Globe Philips 446 687-2 028944668728
Shakespeare in Music  Rosemarie Buhler Signum SIG X118.00 675754464226
Prokofiev: Hamlet / Boris Godunov Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Michail Jurowski Capriccio C67058 845221004938
Berlioz: Revolution Grecque, etc Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse & Choeur "Les Elements", Michel Plasson EMI Classics 57499 724355749925
Finzi - Parry - Bridge  English String Orchestra, William Boughton Nimbus Records NI 5366 710357536625
Liszt: Complete 13 Symphonic Poems Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Arpad Joo Hungaroton HCD12677-81 5991811267728

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