In Act III of the Walkure, Brunnhilde, one of the 9 Valkyries, the daughters of Erda and Wotan, is his father's favourite daughter. Originally, Wotan told her to protect Siegmund in his fight with the Hundig, after Siegmund left with the former's wife Sieglinde. But Wotan changed his mind because of his wife Fricka. Brunnhilde, however, defied her father's wishes but ultimately had to obey. She knew that it was Fricka's idea that Siegmund be killed. She tells Siegmund she would lead him to Valhalla, castle of the gods, where he would find his father. But he refuses to leave with Sieglinde. Then Hundig caught up with him, They had a mortal combat. But just as Siegmund was about to drive his sword into the heart of Hundig, Wotan appeared and shattered Siegmund's sword with his spear and he was killed by Hundig. Brunnhilde escaped to the mountains with the pregnant Sieglinde and asked her sisters to protect her because she had defied Wotan's wishes but they were afraid of Wotan's fury. She therefore advised Sieglinde to escape and alone, she herself faced her father, who upon his return flew into rage and banished her, turned her into a rock be taken by the first man who would find and wake her up, despite the entreaties of her sisters. But she asked for one last favour: that her sleeping body be surrounded by fire so that only the brave would find her .Wotan granted her wishes and they sang a tender farewell song to each other, Brunnhilde was later found by the Siegfried the son of Sieglinde and Siegmund, who wakened her with a kiss. She bade farewell to Valhalla and abandoned her status as a god out of love for Siegfried!
Prokofiev's first symphony was full of joy and colour, in the style of Haydn and he composed it as a "neo-classical" composition exercise during one of his trips to the countryside but included some of his own peculiar themes, highlighted by the use of trumpets and timpani especially in the finale . The atmostphere of Nature is most palpable. It contained several themes with which all who listened to classical music are quite familiar. But the highlight of the evening was Shastokovich's No. 7 otherwise known as the Leningrad. It is a very strident piece with a first movement which lasted more 35 minutes! From where we were sitting, again, the timbre of the music sounded very much "in the face". I have never heard all the nuances of different sections of this symphony so clearly in my hi fi system at home. It was a completely different feeling. Everything sounded so "real" and for that reason, so much more moving. You actually hear the "power" of the musical climaxes which mounted, subsided and mounted again and again, like huge waves of sounds, bashing against the shore of my eardrums, melodious, violent, soothing and exhilarating by turns. Everything is good. I like particularly the brass, which literally dazzled.So were the woodwinds. They were so precise: never too loud nor too soft. Just as they ought to be. Their timing and tone were perfect! The timpanists were superb and helped give substance to the very bombastic late 19th century music of Wagner and mid-20th century Russian style of music.