The Othello Connection
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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.
|Verdi Without Words
||Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel
|Rossini: Complete Overtures
||Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner
||Philips 9500 886
|Liszt: Années De Pèlerinage
||Chandos CHAN 10662(2)
|Raff: Symphony No. 2; Four Shakespeare Preludes
||Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Jarvi
||Chandos CHSA 5117
|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
|Dvorak - Symphonies
||Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pesek
||Virgin Classics 5 61853 2
|Alwyn: Concerto Grossos, The Moor of Venice
||Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, David Lloyd-Jones
|Goldenthal: ,Othello Symphony
||Aukso Orchestra, Marek Mos
||Zarathustra Music ZM 001