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Saturday, September 30, 2017 Permalink

The Othello Connection

Othello and Desdemona, by Daniel Maclise (1859)


The play’s title character is an outsider—a dark-skinned Moor, successful in the military, but insecure in his human relationships.

The treacherous Iago soon leads Othello to believe that his wife, Desdemona, is unfaithful—leading to her death at Othello’s hand. He later commits suicide after uncovering the deceit of Iago and the innocence of his wife.

A textbook definition of “tragedy” if there ever was one—yet not all the music it has inspired is dark and brooding.

In this hour, Shakespeare's Othello, in music by Rossini, Liszt, Dvorak, Verdi, and more.



CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Verdi Without Words Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel Telarc 03642 089408036422
Rossini: Complete Overtures  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner Philips 9500 886 028947396727
Liszt: Années De Pèlerinage Louis Lortie Chandos CHAN 10662(2) 095115166222
Raff: Symphony No. 2; Four Shakespeare Preludes Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Jarvi Chandos CHSA 5117 095115511725
Dance Of the Hours: Ballet Favourites From Opera [For Otello ballet music] Orchestra of the Municipal Theatre of Bolo, Riccardo Chailly Decca 289 458 229-2 028945822921
Dvorak - Symphonies Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pesek Virgin Classics 5 61853 2 724356185326
Alwyn: Concerto Grossos, The Moor of Venice Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, David Lloyd-Jones Naxos 8.570145 747313014576
Goldenthal: ,Othello Symphony Aukso Orchestra, Marek Mos Zarathustra Music ZM 001 852726005001

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