Wagner without Words

Signum: SIGCD388

Prices shown exclude VAT. (UK tax is not payable for deliveries to United States.)
See Terms & Conditions for p&p rates.
Wagner without Words

Awards:

Presto Favourites

Recommended Recording

Label:

Signum

Catalogue No:

SIGCD388

Discs:

2

Release date:

26th Aug 2014

Barcode:

0635212038826

Length:

2 hours 22 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
| Share

Wagner without Words


includes:

Liszt:

Spinnerlied aus Der fliegende Holländer S440

Elsa’s Bridal Procession (from Lohengrin), S445, No.2

Isolde's Liebestod (after Wagner), S447

Walhall aus Der Ring des Nibelungen S449

Wagner:

Fantasia in F sharp minor WWV22, Op. 3

Song without Words

Zuricher Vielliebchen-Walzer, WWV 88

Albumblatt 'In das Album der Fürstin M.', WWV 94

Eine Sonate für das Album von Frau M.W. WWV85

Albumblatt für Frau Betty Schott, WWV 108

plus:

WAGNER/LISZT: Entry of the Guests from Tannhäuser

WAGNER/GOULD/WILLIAMS: Siegfried’s Rhine-Journey from Götterdämmerung

WAGNER/WILLIAMS: Scenes from Parsifal: Transformation Music, Parsifal & the Flower Maidens, Good Friday Music

WAGNER/LISZT: Santo spirito cavaliere from Rienzi

WAGNER/GOULD/WILLIAMS: Prelude to The Meistersinger from Nürnberg


CD - 2 discs

$21.50

(also available to download from $20.00)

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days. (Available now to download.)

Pianist Llyr Williams explores Wagner’s rich and evocative sound-world from a less well-known angle.

Featuring insightful arrangements of Richard Wagner’s operas by Franz Liszt and Glenn Gould (as well as Williams’ own arrangement of music from 'Parsifal'), at the centre of the programme is a selection of Wagner’s own piano pieces – many of which were written earlier in his compositional career, hinting at the grand operatic masterworks which were yet to come.

Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser: Entry of the Guests (Arr. Franz Liszt)

Tannhäuser: Entry of the Guests (Arr. Franz Liszt)

Richard Wagner: Fantasy

Fantasy

Richard Wagner: Flying Dutchman: Spinning Chorus (Arr. Franz Liszt)

Flying Dutchman: Spinning Chorus (Arr. Franz Liszt)

Richard Wagner: Albumblatt für Ernst Benedikt Kietz: “Song without Words” (Arr. Franz Liszt)

Albumblatt für Ernst Benedikt Kietz: “Song without Words” (Arr. Franz Liszt)

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin: Elsa’s Bridal Procession (Arr. Franz Liszt)

Lohengrin: Elsa’s Bridal Procession (Arr. Franz Liszt)

Richard Wagner: Zürich Waltzes

Zürich Waltzes

Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung: Siegfried’s Rhine-Journey (arr. Glenn Gould, Llŷr Williams)

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried’s Rhine-Journey (arr. Glenn Gould, Llŷr Williams)

Richard Wagner: Tristan and Isolde: Liebestod (Arr. Franz Liszt)

Tristan and Isolde: Liebestod (Arr. Franz Liszt)

Richard Wagner: Parsifal

Transformation Music (arr. Llŷr Williams)

Parsifal and the Flower Maidens (arr. Llŷr Williams)

Good Friday Music (arr. Llŷr Williams)

Richard Wagner: In das Album der Fürstin M.

In das Album der Fürstin M.

Richard Wagner: Rienzi: Santo spirito cavaliere (Arr. Franz Liszt)

Rienzi: Santo spirito cavaliere (Arr. Franz Liszt)

Richard Wagner: Sonata for the Book of Mrs. M. W.

Sonata for the Book of Mrs. M. W.

Richard Wagner: Ring of the Nibelungen: Walhall (Arr. Franz Liszt)

Ring of the Nibelungen: Walhall (Arr. Franz Liszt)

Richard Wagner: Albumblatt for Mrs. Betty Schott

Albumblatt for Mrs. Betty Schott

Richard Wagner: The Meistersinger from Nürnberg: Prelude (arr. Glenn Gould, Llŷr Williams)

The Meistersinger from Nürnberg: Prelude (arr. Glenn Gould, Llŷr Williams)

The Guardian

20th August 2014

****

“It's a totally convincing collection, and technically superb; Williams is equal to the toughest challenges that Liszt presents, but always puts Wagner first...everything has a sense of dramatic purpose, as well as power and tonal beauty; the colours Williams creates from the keyboard in Siegfried's Rhine Journey and the Parsifal suite are radiant and entrancing.”

Pianist Magazine

November 2014

“Williams is a master accompanist … pure bliss.”

Sunday Times

19th October 2014

“The Welsh virtuoso’s idea of juxtaposing a selection of Wagner’s uneven piano works with transcriptions is pianophile catnip...Williams’s reduction of Glenn Gould’s four-hand Meistersinger Overture and his own Parsifal arrangements are highlights. An uplifting disc.”

Gramophone Magazine

November 2014

“It makes for a varied and rewarding programme enriched by Williams's velvet touch, meticulous voicing, attention to detail and judiciously graded dynamics. For me, he is at his best in the music from Parsifal.”

International Piano

March/April 2015

“beautifully idiomatic playing…Highly recommended.”

Wagner Journal

June 2015

“this set can be heartily recommended for its combination of contents, and there can be no question that it marks a labour of love, and a journey of discovery and creativity, for the pianist. Those who appreciate a carefully considered approach to Wagner’s music may well enjoy Williams’s unfailing musicality.”

Choose Format:


What is MP3 and FLAC?

Click on any of the works listed above for alternative recordings.

Copyright © 2002-17 Presto Classical Limited, all rights reserved.