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Wagner Choruses

Wagner Choruses


Wagner:

Steuermann, laß die Wacht! (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Gesegnet soll sie schreiten (from Lohengrin)

Bridal Chorus 'Treulich geführt' (from Lohengrin)

Freudig begrussen wir 'Entrance of the Guests' (from Tannhauser)

Begluckt darf nun dich 'Pilgrims' Chorus' (from Tannhauser)

Da zu dir der Heiland kam (from Die Meistersinger)

Sankt Krispin, lobet ihn! (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

lhr tanzt? Was werden die Meister sagen? (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

Wach' auf! Es nahet gen dem Tag (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

Hoiho! Hoihohoho! (from Götterdämmerung)

Zum letzten Liebesmahle gerüstet Tag für Tag (from Parsifal)

Parsifal: Transformation Scene

Höchsten Heiles Wunder! Erlösung dem Erlöser! (from Parsifal)


2013 sees a series of Wagner reissues on Eloquence from complete operas and highlights to Wagner singer portraits and even an audiobook!

Bayreuth is the holy grail of Wagner lovers and this outstanding disc captures great choral moments from Wagner’s operas over a period of nearly 30 years, with key ‘big’ moments from seven operas, from the Sawallisch Tannhäuser (1962) to Peter Schneider’s Lohengrin (1990). The choruses are among the glories of Wagner’s stage works. They are central, not extraneous, to the action, and the mood and style of each reflect the dramatic imperatives of the work concerned. This anthology includes the Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin, the Sailors’ Chorus from The Flying Dutchman, the Pilgrims’ Chorus from Tannhäuser as well as the Guild Choruses from Die Mesitersinger and the dark Vassals’ Chorus from Götterdämmerung, as well as three defining moments from Wagner’s farewell to the world – Parsifal.

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sings Opera Arias

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sings Opera Arias


Beethoven:

Ha! Welch ein Augenblick! (from Fidelio)

Chorus and Orchestra of Bavarian State Opera, Ferenc Fricsay

Mozart:

Der Vogelfänger bin ich, ja (from Die Zauberflöte)

RIAS Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Ferenc Fricsa

Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen (from Die Zauberflöte)

RIAS Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Ferenc Fricsa

Fin ch'han dal vino (from Don Giovanni)

RIAS Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Ferenc Fricsa

Deh! vieni alla finestra (from Don Giovanni)

RIAS Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Ferenc Fricsa

Verdi:

In braccio alle dovizie (from I Vespri Siciliani)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Pari siamo! (from Rigoletto)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (from Rigoletto)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Il balen del suo sorriso (from Il Trovatore)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Alla vita che t'arride (from Un ballo in maschera)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Alzati…Eri tu che macchiavi quell'anima (from Un Ballo in Maschera)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Per me giunto è il di (from Don Carlo)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Ehi! Paggio! ... L'onore! Ladri! (from Falstaff)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Eh! Taverniere … Mondo ladro (from Falstaff)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Wagner:

Als du in kuhnem Sange uns bestrittest (from Tannhäuser)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Wilhelm Schüchter

O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)

Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival, André Cluytens

Die Frist ist um (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Orchestra of the Berlin State Opera, Franz Konwitschny


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Wagner: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre

Recorded live from the Bayreuth Festival, 2010


Johan Botha (Siegmund), Kwangchul Youn (Hunding), Albert Dohmen (Wotan), Edith Haller (Sieglinde), Linda Watson (Brünnhilde), Mihoko Fujimura (Fricka), Sonja Mühleck (Gerhilde), Anna Gabler (Ortlinde), Martina Dike (Waltraute), Simone Schröder (Schwertleite), Miriam Gordon-Stewart (Helmwige), Wilke te Brummelstroete (Siegrune), Annette Küttenbaum (Grimgerde) & Alexandra Petersamer (Rossweisse)

Bayreuther Festspiele Chorus & Bayreuther Festspiele, Christian Thielemann (conductor) & Tankred Dorst (director)

Christian Thielemann, “by common consent the leading Wagner conductor of our time” (Die Presse), returns to Bayreuth for this radiant account of Die Walküre filmed at the 2010 Festival. Appearing on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time, it provides the only audio-visual document of Tankred Dorst’s Ring production, and follows the hugely successful release of the whole cycle on CD. Two new singers join the cast: Johan Botha as Siegmund, who was showered with praise by the press (“ideal vocal casting” in the words of the critic on the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) and Edith Haller, with her “beautiful, strong soprano voice” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) as his sister and lover Sieglinde.

Extra features:

The making of Die Walküre

Cast Gallery

Running time 258 mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

“[Botha] cuts an ungainly figure but sings Siegmund just about perfectly; there's power to spare, he sings off the text, his soft singing is appropriate and touching. Haller has a warm sound and uses legato like a bel cantist; the occasional high note may fly sharp but she's exciting and committed...Thielemann and the Bayreuth Orchestra create a ravishing wall of sound and not a moment is less that aurally stunning: one listens, agape.” International Record Review, April 2011

“[Botha] is outstanding throughout as Siegmund...Dorst's production, and this filming of it, are at their best in the latter stages of Act 3 and the result is a powerful and affecting account of one of The Ring's greatest episodes...there's nothing obscure or understated about Thielemann's galvanising presence in the pit and seeing its effect on his singers in Act 3 makes these DVDs even more recommendable than the original CDs.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2011

“The sets, reflecting the blue-grey and orange hues of the Festspielhaus foyer, create some striking stage pictures...Botha as Siegmund is ungainly, yet gives this dark character unusual innocence and a voice both clarion and lyrical...Edith Haller's creamy-voiced Sieglinde is even more heartfelt...Albert Dohmen's voice isn't large, but delivery and acting make him a powerful Wotan.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2011 ****

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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Recorded live at Bayreuth Festspiele 2008


Franz Hawlata (Hans Sachs), Michael Volle (Sixtus Beckmesser), Michaela Kaune (Eva), Klaus Florian Vogt (Walther Von Stolzing), Norbert Ernst (David), Carola Guber (Magdalene), Artur Korn (Veit Pogner), Markus Eiche (Fritz Kothner), Friedemann Röhlig (Ein Nachtwächter), Charles Reid (Kunz Vogelgesang), Rainer Zaun (Konrad Nachtigall), Edward Randall (Balthasar Zorn), Hans-Jürgen Lazar (Ulrich Eisslinger), Stefan Heibach (Augustin Moser), Martin Snell (Hermann Ortel), Andreas Macco (Hans Schwarz), Iógenes Randes (Hans Foltzd)

Bayreuther Festspiele Chorus & Bayreuther Festspiele Orchestra, Sebastian Weigle (conductor) & Katharina Wagner (stage director)

Ostensibly Richard Wagner's opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg tells a humorous tale about artistically inclined craftsmen. Goldsmith Veit Pogner promises his daughter Eva's hand in marriage to the winner of a song contest, to which three men are potentially eligible. But upon closer inspection, what is at first glance a harmless farce in a middle-class setting emerges as a profound social analysis. Wagner uses his protagonists to show how a community deals with tradition and those who break with it and just how much innovation and deviation from the norm it can tolerate – as well as to examine what value society places, and should place, on art.

Extra features:

Cast Gallery

The Making of ‘‘Die Meistersinger’’

‘A 'Meistersinger' that's on an entirely new Wagnerian scale... It is full of smart ideas and moments of effective theater. ‘ The Washington Post

Running time 4 hours 45 mins Region code All regions

Video codec AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS digital surround

Menu language EN

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES

“this production revolves around Beckmesser, and Michael Volle puts in an exceptional performance...I would urge even the sceptics to take this production seriously...A complex and troubling but also consummate and satisfying experience: even on DVD it leaves a lasting impression.” Classical Review, 9th November 2010

“Katharina Wagner at first presents Walther von Stolzing as a paint-spraying performance artist and Beckmesser as a retentive, Reclam-photocopying pedant...This nicely observed updating would be enough to sustain some productions for a whole evening. But, for Katharina Wagner, this is just the tip of the iceberg...as all stage productions should be, this is 200 per cent a Meistersinger to see.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

“[Volle's Beckmesser] is so consistently alert, so wary of traditional caricature, so mellifluous in sound, and so well acted that it is, in fact, almost plausible to see him as the opera's hero...Franz Hawlata is a refreshingly youthful Sachs (which makes the Sachs-Eva-Walther triangle more affecting)” International Record Review, March 2011

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Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer

Live Recording 1955


Ludwig Weber (Daland), Astrid Varnay (Senta), Wolfgang Windgassen (Erik), Elisabeth Schärtel (Mary), Josef Traxel (Der Steuermann) & Hermann Uhde (Der Holländer)

Chorus & Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival, Hans Knappertsbusch

Hans Knappertsbusch conducted Der fliegende Holländer only once at Bayreuth. Even in retrospect the opening night of the 1955 Festival seems altogether exceptional.This was also the first time that Wagner's early Romantic had been performed in New Bayreuth. In the run-up to the opening night, there had been copious discussions about the work's suitability as a Festival offering, but when the production finally opened, such discussions suddenly seemed otiose, so high were the standards of the performance. In Wolfgang Wagner's production, the cast was dominated by three performers who can stand comparison with any of their successors.The hochdramatisch Swedish-American soprano Astrid Varnay had first made her mark in Bayreuth in 1951, and as the girlish figure of Senta she presented an impressively accomplished portrait, colouring her voice to produce a multi-dimensional character. Listeners may have heard a more youthful timbre in the part, but rarely has the Ballad been sung with such a convincing note of fascination bordering on the obsessive. Rarely can her duet with the Dutchman have built to such an emphatic climax. And rarely can the finale have been so resolute in its expression.Varnay often appeared alongside Hermann Uhde in Bayreuth performances of Lohengrin and Götterdämmerung. As the Dutchman he gives an exemplary performance both vocally and expressively, while coping impeccably with Knappertsbusch's broad tempi and extreme dynamics. As with Knappertsbusch,Wolfgang Windgassen's appearances in Der fliegende Holländer can be counted on the fingers of one hand.The role of Erik is not an especially grateful one and is often undercast, but Windgassen brought to it his incomparable intensity, his performances, as always, remarkable for their unity of words and music. In this way Senta's jilted lover became a genuine antagonist for the Dutchman. As Daland, too, Ludwig Weber brought to his part the right mixture of vocal experience and sufficient reserves for each of his appearances, all of which demand great vocal and dramatic authority.And as Mary, Elisabeth Schärtel invested her various admonitions with all the requisite precision.As the Steersman, finally, Josef Traxel demonstrated such a fresh and bright tenor voice that with hindsight it seems only logical that within a year he should have been promoted to the role of Erik. Although it almost goes without saying, it none the less remains to be mentioned that Wilhelm Pitz's chorus was on top form under Knappertsbusch's direction, which never lost sight of the overall picture. In every respect, the achievements of all concerned were thoroughly worthy of this or, indeed, of any other festival.

“Maestro Knappertsbusch is on the concentrated form of his 1951 Munich Tristan. …all is steely strength, realised through dynamic sensitivity and spacious tempi… Any suspicion that Astrid Varnay… might sound too grand or "old" for Senta is soon swept away by her commitment to making voice and drama one. Her final pledge to the Dutchman ("Wohl kenn ich dich!") is genuinely frightening... Hermann Uhde is... noble, tortured, hugely moving, and duets well with Varnay. ...the new issue catches an exciting first night and is musically competitive in a catalogue strangely bare of exciting modern recordings.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - February 2010

Summer Opera Sale

Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or - Bayreuther Festspiele live - C692092i

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Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer


Josef Greindl (bass), Georg Paskuda (tenor), Franz Crass (bass), Res Fischer, Anja Silja (soprano), Fritz Uhl (tenor)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Wolfgang Sawallisch

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Falk Struckmann (Amfortas), Matthias Hölle (Titurel), Hans Sotin (Gurnemanz), Poul Elming (Parsifal), Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Klingsor), Linda Watson (Kundry)

Orchestra of the Bayreuther Festspiele, Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor) & Wolfgang Wagner (stage director)

C Major presents for May from Bayreuth Festival 1998 conducted by the great Wagner conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli Parsifal, never before available on Blu-ray.

The four main roles are taken by Poul Elming, Linda Watson, Falk Struckmann and Hans Sotin – one of the strongest line-ups in Bayreuth’s more recent history.

This programme is too available on DVD 705908

SOUND FORMAT: PCM Stereo. dts-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: German (original language), English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese

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Die berühmtesten Opernchöre

Die berühmtesten Opernchöre


Rome Opera Orchestra, Rome Opera Chorus, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Orchester der Hamburgischen Staatsoper, Chor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper, Robert Shaw (chorus master), RCA Victor Orchestra, Robert Shaw Chorale, Sofia National Opera Chorus, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Leontyne Price (soprano), Geneviève Macaux (mezzo-soprano), Monique Linval (soprano), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Wilhelm Pitz (chorus master), Vienna State Opera Chorus, New Symphony Orchestra of London, Norman Luboff Choir, Cappella Coloniensis des WDR, WDR Rundfunkchor Köln, Radcliffe Choral Society, Harvard Glee Club, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Elliot Forbes (chorus master)

Arturo Basile, Erich Leinsdorf, Woldemar Nelsson, Leopold Ludwig, Renato Cellini, Emil Tchakarov, Herbert von Karajan, Leopold Stokowski, Bruno Weil

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The 50 Greatest Classical Masterpieces

The 50 Greatest Classical Masterpieces


Tafelmusik, John Williams (guitar), Julian Bream (guitar), Boston Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Chorus, E. Power Biggs (organ), Mihaly Virizlay (cello), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Isaac Stern (violin), The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, L'Orchestre National de France, The Cleveland Orchestra, Robert Shaw (director), Adele Addison (soprano), Richard Lewis (tenor), The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, Jane Hobson (mezzo-soprano), Donald Bell (baritone), Vladimir Horowitz (piano), Glenn Gould (piano), Abbey Consort, Westminster Abbey Choir, Marlboro Festival Orchestra, Risë Stevens (mezzo-soprano), Robert Shaw (chorus master), The Robert Shaw Chorale, RCA Victor Orchestra, Philippe Entremont (piano), Norbert Balatsch (chorus master), Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pinchas Zukerman (violin), Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano), The London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Janos Starker (cello), Arthur Rubinstein (piano), Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Kissin (piano), Plácido Domingo (tenor), Chorus Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Canadian Brass, David Ohanian (horn), Ronald Romm (trumpet), Eugene Watts (trombone), Frederic Mills (trumpet), Charles Daellenbach (tuba), Coro della Scala, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Roberto Gabbiani (chorus master), Abraham Kaplan (director), Stuart Gardner (director), Leonid Hambro (harpsichord), Collegiate Chorale, Boys' Choir of The Church of The Transfiguration, Bruce Prince-Joseph (organ), Orchestre National de France

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Baroque Chamber Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf, Bruno Weil, Seiji Ozawa, Fritz Reiner, Zubin Mehta, Eugene Ormandy, Richard P. Condie, Pinchas Zukerman, Lorin Maazel, George Szell, Leonard Bernstein, Martin Neary, Pablo Casals, Woldemar Nelsson, John Pritchard, Sir Colin Davis, Frank B

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Leonie Rysanek: The Soprano Queen, Vol. 1

Leonie Rysanek: The Soprano Queen, Vol. 1


Leonie Rysanek (soprano), Fritz Uhl (tenor), Res Fischer (mezzo-soprano), George London (baritone), Giorgio Tozzi (bass), Josef Greindl (bass), Jon Vickers (tenor), Ludwig Suthaus (tenor), Astrid Varnay (soprano), Lieselotte Thomamuller (vocals), Brunnhild Friedland (soprano), Ruth Siewert (alto), Elfriede Wild (soprano), Eleanor Lausch (vocals), Hertha Topper (contralto), Hanna Ludwig (soprano)

Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus, New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Milan La Scala Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Thomas Schippers, Hans Knappertsbusch, Herbert von Karajan, Wilhelm Furtwangler

Documents - Leonie Rysanek - The Soprano Queen - 282661

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