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Afterlife

Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: a vengeful father from the beyond…

This overture leaves little doubt that sinister things lie ahead. Indeed, the overture’s harrowing opening chords reappear at the climax, in which a ghost appears to drag this famous seducer down to hell. This composer’s operas were actually more popular outside of his hometown; in fact, and earlier opera had been a huge hit in a Bohemian city, leading to a commission for an operatic premiere. The composer’s response to this commission was to produce what has probably become the most well-known telling of the tale of an infamous lover. In this complex work, broad and often bawdy humor is tempered by the threat of an afterlife of just punishment.

Music Heard On This Episode

Franz Liszt: Sonata after reading Dante
Daniel Barenboim — Artist Portrait: Daniel Barenboim (Teldec, 2004)
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Franz Liszt: Sonata after reading Dante
Daniel Barenboim — Artist Portrait: Daniel Barenboim (Teldec, 2004)
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Richard Rodgers: You'll Never Walk Alone; The Highest Judge of All; Finale
1956 Movie Cast — Carousel (Angel Records, 2001)
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Gustav Holst: Loneliness and Pain are Ended
City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox — Savitri / The Dream-City (song cycle) (Hyperion UK, 2000)
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Ambroise Thomas: Hamlet: Infernal Specter; Like a Pale Flower
Bo Skovhus, t/English National Opera Orchestra/James Conlon — Bo Skovhus ~ Arias (Sony Classical, 1998)
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Gabriel Fauré: In Paradisum
Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini — Requiem (Deutsche Grammophon, 1990)
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Arnold Östman: Act III, Charon Summons You
Drottningholm Theatre Chorus and Orchestra — Alceste (Naxos, 1999)
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David Byrne and Jerry Harrison: Heaven
The Talking Heads — Fear of Music (Warner Bros / Wea, 1990)
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George Auric: Suite from "The Innocents"
Anthea Kempston/BBC Philharmonic/Rumon Gamba — Auric: Film Music (Chandos, 1999)
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Tan Dun: Water and Resurrection
Soloists/RIAS Chamber Choir of Berlin/Tan Dun — Water Passion After St Matthew (Sony, 2002)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Ghost Trio: Largo
Jos van Immerseel/Vera Beths/Anner Bylsma — Archduke & Ghost Trios (Sony, 2000)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture
Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia/Michael Halasz — Don Giovanni [Highlights] (Naxos, 2006)
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Bertran de Born: Rassa, who increases and mounts and is elevated
Sequentia — Dante and the Troubadours (Deutsche Harm Mundi, 2004)
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Alex North and Hy Zaret: Unchained Melody
The Righteous Brothers — Unchained Melody: Very Best Of The Righteous Brothers (Polydor / Umgd, 1991)
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