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Saturday, January 31, 2015 Permalink

The Macbeth Connection

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth


Shakespeare’s shortest—and most blood-curdling—tragedy tells of an ambitious Scottish general and his wife who murder the ruling king and seize the throne. As if that weren’t enough, there are prophesying witches, a persistent ghost, and a famous sleepwalking scene.

It has fascinated audiences for nearly 400 years—and inspired some exceptional music.

In this hour, Macbeth in works by Beethoven, Verdi, Strauss, Sullivan, Ibert, Walton, and more.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Victorian Concert Overtures [for Sullivan’s Macbeth] English Northern Philharmonia, David Lloyd-Jones Helios CDH55088 034571150888
Arnold: Overtures Toronto Chamber Orchestra, Kevin Mallon Naxos 8.557484 747313248421
Love Bade Me Welcome [for Johnson – Second Witches Dance] Theatre of Early Music BIS-CD-1446 7318590014462
Verdi: Macbeth Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf RCA 45162 BG  078635451627
Bloch: Symphony in E-Flat Major, Macbeth, etc Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Dalia Atlas Naxos  8.573290 747313329076
Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Macbeth Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel RCA Red Seal 57128 743215712824 
Walton: Film Music,  Vol. 4 Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner Chandos  8841 095115884126
Ibert: Macbeth, etc Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Adriano (cond.) Naxos  8557607 747313260720
Beethoven: Piano Trios Op. 97 & Op. 70 No. 1 [for “Ghost” trio] Jos Van Immerseel, Vera Beths, Anner Bylsma Sony SBK 53514 074645135328

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