Wagner: Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)

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Wagner: Opera Scenes

Wagner: Opera Scenes


Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)

Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)

Allmächt’ge Jungfrau! (from Tannhäuser)

Johohoe! Traft ihr das Schiff im Meere an 'Senta's Ballad' (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Ambrosian Opera Chorus

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)


Jessye Norman (soprano: Isolde, Elisabeth, Senta, Brünnhilde)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Klaus Tennstedt

When American soprano Jessye Norman presented this Wagner recording with scenes featuring his great heroines, critics praised the singer's immense charisma and the transparent orchestral sound. There can be no doubt about it: Ms Norman and conductor Klaus Tennstedt created a milestone in the Wagner discography and in the portrayal of the composer's tragic heroines Senta, Elisabeth, Brünnhilde and Isolde.

“Norman’s voice, straddling with ease the range between soprano and mezzo, had a richness of tone that is all too rare in heroic sopranos of any generation...She rides triumphantly over any possible difficulties [in the Immolation Scene] and Tennstedt crowns the performance with a superlative and measured account of the lengthy postlude.” MusicWeb International, 26th February 2014

Warner Classics Red Line - 2564636542

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Wagner: Symphonic Excerpts from The Ring

Wagner: Symphonic Excerpts from The Ring


Wagner:

Das Rheingold: Prelude

Das Rheingold: Zwischenspiel

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Die Walkure: Magic Fire Music

Siegfried: Waldweben

published by W. Hutschenruyter

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral March

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)

Nina Stemme (soprano)


In June 2013 the Paris Opéra, under its music director Philippe Jordan, marked Wagner’s bicentenary with Der Ring des Nibelungen. It was the first time in more than 60 years that the company had performed the complete cycle under festival conditions. This programme of excerpts from The Ring, with Jordan conducting the Orchestra of the Paris Opéra, is rounded off with Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene, sung by today’s leading Wagnerian dramatic soprano, Nina Stemme.

The Paris Opéra started building up to the 2013 Wagner bicentenary in 2010, when it launched a new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, directed by Günter Krämer and conducted by the company’s music director, Philippe Jordan. The entire cycle of four music dramas was presented over 2010-2011, but in June 2013 – for the first time in more than 60 years – the Paris Opéra staged the Ring under festival conditions over a concentrated period.

Erato is marking the Wagner bicentenary with a spectacular programme of excerpts from the Ring. Philippe Jordan conducts the Orchestra of the Paris Opéra in instrumental music from all four music dramas in the cycle, including, of course, the thrilling Ride of the Valkyries and the magisterial Death of Siegfried; the programme reaches a worthy climax with the final scene of the entire work, Brünnhilde’s Immolation from Götterdämmerung, sung by the world’s reigning dramatic soprano, Nina Stemme.

When she sang the entire cycle in San Francisco in 2011, the New York Times wrote of her Immolation scene: “Ms Stemme took her singing to higher levels of burnished brilliance and expressive depth ... she was committed to the moment in every phrase she sang ...”. The Associated Press, meanwhile, felt that she “invited comparison with great past exponents of the role ... Stemme is a true dramatic soprano with a voice that is smooth and evenly produced throughout its wide range.”

Philippe Jordan, who made his debut (with Parsifal) at the Bayreuth Festival in 2012, spoke about his experience of conducting the Ring in an interview on the Paris Opéra’s website.

“It seems to me that if there is one work on which our views can evolve, then it is the Ring. When I look back on the very first cycle I conducted in Zurich, I have the impression that it was another opera. When you approach the Ring for the first time, you try to serve each work separately ... But that leads to an inevitable question when, having already circumnavigated the Ring, you once again face the prologue [to Das Rheingold]... Should one look to rediscover the purity and innocence of Das Rheingold, or, having made one’s way through the three other dramas, is it better to look for a unity in the cycle and bring out the sound of Götterdämmerung that is already there in the prologue?”

“the results are predictably front-rank. Jordan is one of our finest Wagner conductors today - he knows how it goes, how fast it should go and how to balance it...And Stemme...is in superb voice, steely and passionate by turns.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2014

Erato - 9341422

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Ludmila Dvorakova Sings Wagner & Smetana

Ludmila Dvorakova Sings Wagner & Smetana


Smetana:

Dobrá! Já mu je dám!... Jak je mi? (Dalibor)

Můj otče (from Libuše)

Odcházejí spolu (from The Two Widows)

Wagner:

Allmächt’ge Jungfrau! (from Tannhäuser)

Wie lachend sie mir Lieder singen (from Tristan und Isolde)

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)

Ich sah das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust (from Parsifal)

Der Männer Sippe (from Die Walküre)

Ewig war ich (from Siegfried)

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)


Ludmila Dvorakova (soprano)

Domovina Studio, Prague, May 31 and June 1–2, 1966 (1–3, 5–7)

The Czech Radio, Prague, November 18, 1976 (4, 9, 10) and June 7, 1972 (8)

Ludmila Dvořáková enjoyed global fame as a slim, blonde soprano with a magnificent stage presence and possessing a voice of a distinct timbre, capable of both softness and drama, smoothly negotiating the high registers and with a dark middle register, always accurate and breathtaking. She excelled in the most demanding dramatic soprano roles and, following in the footsteps of Ema Destinnová, Maria Jeritza and Jarmila Novotná, was the first modern-era Czech singer to appear at the world’s major opera houses, including the MET in New York. Ludmila Dvořáková started her career in Ostrava and soon caught the attention of Prague, where the National Theatre engaged her in 1954. In the following year, she was afforded the opportunity to work for the Staatsoper in Vienna, and in 1960 for the Staatsoper in Berlin. When Wieland Wagner heard her singing Ortrude in Munich, he invited her to the Bayreuth festival.

Her debut appearance, in 1965, was followed by six years of collaboration and a degree of fame that no Czech artist had previously attained in Bayreuth. In 1966, she was offered contracts with the MET and Covent Garden. This recital, featuring recordings released on CD for the very first time, is compiled from Dvořáková’s rare studio recordings made for Supraphon and Czechoslovak Radio. The venerable soprano’s imminent 90th birthday represents a perfect opportunity to recall a voice that garnered enthusiastic applause at major opera houses worldwide.

Supraphon - SU41372

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$13.75

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Astrid Varnay sings Wagner

Astrid Varnay sings Wagner


Wagner:

Siegmund! Sieh' auf mich! (from Die Walküre)

Heil dir, Sonne! (from Siegfried)

Zu neuen Taten, teurer Helde (from Götterdämmerung)

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)

Weh, ach wehe! Dies zu dulden! (from Tristan und Isolde)

Tristan! Isolde! Geliebter! (from Tristan und Isolde)

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)


Astrid Varnay (soprano)

Ferdinand Leitner, Leopold Ludwig & Hermann Weigert

Astrid Varnay (1918– 2006) was born in Sweden of Hungarian heritage and raised in America. She went on to become one of the most sought-after dramatic sopranos of the 20th century and one of the best-known Wagnerian heroic sopranos of her generation. Her voice was often praised for its seemingly limitless upper register. On this generously filled 2CD set (each disc clocks in at more than 80 minutes) we get extensive excerpts from Tristan und Isolde (with the reigning Heldentenor of the time, Wolfgang Windgassen) scenes from three of the Ring operas, and the Wesendonck Lieder. All were much praised when they first appeared on LP in the 1950s and then again as part of Deutsche Grammophon’s ‘Original Masters’ tribute to this great singer.

“On four incredibly busy, surely taxing, days in June 49 years ago, Astrid Varnay recorded an appreciable trance of her repertory, largely in the company of her husband Hermann Weigert as conductor. For the first time all these recordings are assembled in a single issue, along with others made later in the 1950s . . . Varnay enthusiasts will be delighted to have everything here.” Gramophone Magazine

“These performances, recorded between 1955 and 1959, remind us no less strongly that she [Astrid Varnay] was one of the most remarkable Wagnerian singers of that time. [...] Varnay is best in the rapt, inner intensity of No. 3 [of the Wesendonck Lieder], “Im Treibhaus”. Such inner intensity is also abundant in the long extract from Act 2 of Tristan. [...] it is Varnay's grandly-phrased account of the closing scene from Götterdammerung that wins this disc the strongest recommendation.” Gramophone Magazine

“Without reservation I enjoyed every track on this Eloquence release. Although some of the mono recordings are around sixty years old there is nothing at all to worry about with the sound which is very good for its age. Astrid Varnay singing Wagner is always an exciting prospect and this reissued material brought together on a double set certainly does her proud.” MusicWeb International, 12th August 2013

“[On] DG's Astrid Varnay set of three CDs of her commercial Wagner recordings made in her prime (early 1950s) … the sound is as excellent as one would expect, so one can appreciate her voice in minute detail, relishing her every commanding interpretative decision” Opera Now

“This has always been one of DGG's most impressive Wagner recordings with a sumptuousness of sound that was unrivalled before the arrival of stereo. Astrid Varnay has some swoopy moments, but generally she sings with a glowing beauty, and Windgassen at his finest shows that few Heldentenoren have approached him in recent years for beauty of tone and musicianship.” Penguin Guide

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4807283

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Wagner: Opera Excerpts

Wagner: Opera Excerpts


Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Siegfried Idyll

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)

Petra Lang (soprano)

Gotterdammerung: Dawn, Siegfried's Rhine Journey & Funeral March


Wagner is the giant among composers by reason of the fact that he created his own world. Whereas others interpreted ancient and familiar mythology, Wagner created his own myth. Whereas others composed to librettos by poets, Wagner wrote his own texts. He even built his own opera house, which had to be different and innovative. Wagner was the greatest creative genius in music history.

And yet this superhuman giant also had a sense of humour, clearly audible in the wonderfully constructed Meistersinger overture. And he created intimate, sensitive lyricism, which moves us deeply in his Siegfried-Idyll. This lyricism is the most important aspect of Wagner's music: Brünnhilde's beautiful, longing melody which shines through the huge flame that absorbs both her and the collapsing world.

Iván Fischer (from liner notes)

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“a revelatory contribution to the bicentenary celebrations...Lang is maybe not a natural Brünnhilde but laser-sharp in the immolation scene, while Siegfried's funeral march is hard-edged, incisive, its climax absolutely shattering: really distinctive playing.” The Observer, 1st June 2013

“anything [Lang] lacks in vocal heft is balanced by her incisive delivery. But the orchestra has the last word, knocking us sideways with the music’s lyrical beauty and dramatic power. Wagner in a nutshell, this, and it’s irresistible.” The Times, 7th June 2013 ****

“[Fischer] and his Budapest Festival Orchestra certainly acquit themselves rather well. Their tempos are sometimes slow enough to please Klemperer and Goodall fans, but they're lightened by the Hungarians' fresh, precise playing...[Lang] makes a memorably elegiac if slightly wild Brünnhilde, unleashing quite a cataclysm.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 *****

“Fischer's work stands as some of the finest new conducting yet put on disc in Wagner's bicentenary year...[Lang's] is a voice and personality engaged in the drama: dynamics, tone, colour all serve Brünnhilde's dark, serious ride into the fire” Gramophone Magazine, August 2013

“The programme covers familiar territory, but when the music is so well played, so intelligently conducted and so beautifully recorded, it makes a considerable impact...[Lang[ doesn't sound comfortable in this part...Hoever, the first half of this disc is far more successful...and Fischer encourages playing of great refinement and transparency” International Record Review, September 2013

“Fischer and his Budapest players retain much of the chamber music quality in this recording, with wonderful balance and beautifully characterised wind solos. Fischer’s natural ebb and flow is hugely persuasive...Usually regarded as a mezzo, [Lang] has no problem with the high notes, displaying laser-sharp accuracy and a thrilling power. But what impresses me even more are the tender moments” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 24th June 2013

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2013

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

Channel - CCSSA32713

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Waltraud Meier sings Wagner

Waltraud Meier sings Wagner


Wagner:

Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)

Der Männer Sippe (from Die Walküre)

Johohoe! Traft ihr das Schiff im Meere an 'Senta's Ballad' (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Höre mit Sinn was ich dir sage (from Götterdämmerung)

Einsam in trüben Tagen (from Lohengrin)

Grausamer! Fühlst du im Herzen? (from Parsifal)

Wie lachend sie mir Lieder singen (from Tristan und Isolde)

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)


RCA - 88883711212

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$12.75

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Götterdämmerung

Götterdämmerung

Alfred Pringsheim's Transcriptions from Wagner's Most Famous Operas for Two Pianists


Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death

Tannhäuser: Venusberg Music (bacchanale)

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)


Tal & Groethuysen Duo

As part of the Wagner 200th birth date celebrations, Israeli/German piano duo Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen release "Goetterdaemmerung - Transcriptions for two pianists from Wagner’ most famous operas" on Sony Classical.

“Arrangements by Debussy, Dukas and Reger [and Pringsheim]...have delicacy and colour in the hands of this superb duo.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 *****

“Behn truly shines when orchestral textures are massive and thick...Tal and Groethuysen achieve remarkable synchronicity in the way they interweave the vocal lines and elaborate multi-motif orchestral frameworks in perfect perspective” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

“The most impressive aspects of these transcriptions is Pringsheim's intuitive grasp of the potential of the two-piano medium and his avoidance of any amateurish over-writing...The intensity of focus and unflagging momentum Tal and Groethuysen bring to this complex score is impressive...a thoroughly enjoyable contribution to the Wagner bicentennial offerings.” International Record Review, May 2013

Sony - 88765441592

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Elisabeth-Maria Wachutka - Arias

Elisabeth-Maria Wachutka - Arias


Beethoven:

Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin? (from Fidelio)

Strauss, R:

Allein. Weh' ganz allein (from Elektra)

Ein schones war (from Ariadne auf Naxos)

Es gibt ein Reich (from Ariadne auf Naxos)

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)


Elisabeth-Maria Wachutka (soprano)

Württenbergische Philharmonie, Roberto Paternostro

Elisabeth-Maria Wachutka trained as an opera and concert singer at the Richard Strauss Music Conservatory and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. The focus of her repertoire is the works of Wagner and Richard Strauss.

Solo Voce - AVI8553169

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The Flagstad Recitals Volume 3

The Flagstad Recitals Volume 3

Wagner & Mahler


Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Wagner:

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

Der Männer Sippe (from Die Walküre)

Du bist der Lenz (from Die Walküre)

Siegmund! Sieh' auf mich! (from Die Walküre)

Einsam in trüben Tagen (from Lohengrin)

Ich sah das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust (from Parsifal)

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)


The third volume of The Flagstad Recitals couples music by Wagner and Mahler. Flagstad’s LP of Wagner scenes recorded with Hans Knappertsbusch is complemented by the “Todesverkündigung” from Act II of Die Walküre with Sir Georg Solti as well as the “Immolation Scene” from Götterdämmerung from a Norwegian broadcast performance conducted by Øivin Fjeldstad. Also included are the two Mahler song cycles Flagstad recorded with Sir Adrian Boult and the Vienna Philharmonic.

In his booklet notes John Steane asks us to “remember (for it is easy to forget) that in this recording we hear the voice of a woman over 60. It is still possible to feel, as Desmond Shawe-Taylor did when hearing her years earlier in a concert performance with Furtwängler, that the ‘sumptuous, saturated tone-quality of this sort has almost vanished from the world’.”

‘It is wonderful to hear how the great soprano can produce the softest flute-like tone on a high G, fining it down to vanishing point’ [Mahler: ‘Ging heut’ morgen über’s Feld’ from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen] Gramophone

[Wesendon-Lieder] “…beautifully played on this disc, as is everything else, by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Knappertsbusch. Flagstad's deeper insight into the music shows particularly in ‘Stehe still!’ and ‘Im Treibhaus’ but she is very well suited by all five songs." Gramophone

[Kindertotenlieder] “That glorious voice is heard here in a very fine recording, and Sir Adrian and the Vienna Philharmonic form a happy combination. And in any case, Flagstad sings these particular songs most beautifully; Lieder on this scale finds in her a fine and sensitive interpreter. Incredible that she was 62 at the time." Gramophone

“Flagstad was a superb Sieglinde, and her glorious voice is perfectly suited to the rich inspiration of the Wesendonk-Lieder … one of the finest Brünnhildes of our time” The Penguin Guide to Bargain Compact Discs

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4801796

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Strauss, R: Four Last Songs, etc.

Strauss, R:

Four Last Songs

World Premiere performance

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)


“The world premiere of Four Last Songs in its best transfer ever, plus some previously unissued Wagner from the same concert.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2007 *****

“Here's a live recording of the concert in 1950 when Flagstad gave the premiere of Strauss's Four Last Songs, followed by some truly unforgettable Wagner; yet it's the latter that makes the CD so exciting.
Flagstad and Furtwängler had several collaborations in these Wagnerian excerpts, but caught live in very reasonable sound they produce performances that lift one out of one's seat. Furtwängler is in incandescent form in the Tristan excerpts, and even more so in the Dawn and Rhine Journey from Act 1 of Götterdämmerung.
The music whizzes along with the most virtuoso contributions possible from the recently formed Philharmonia, the horns, headed by Dennis and Aubrey Brain, very much to the fore. Flagstad then sings the Immolation with quite wonderful freshness and conviction, and this at the end of a longish programme. The results are to invoke thetingle factor. It is worth mentioning that the pair had just been giving Ring cycles at La Scala and seem entirely at one in their readings.
The Tristan Prelude and Liebestod offer a similar frisson. Has the Prelude ever sounded so impassioned and urgent as here? Did Flagstad, in her numerous recordings of the Liebestod, ever convey so much tragic passion? Probably not, and she is in much better voice than in the complete 1952 set.
The performance of the Strauss, previously available on the 'grey market', is now heard in improved sound; but Flagstad, for all the richness of her singing, gives a fairly generalised interpretation compared with many that were to follow, and the conductor was never the greatest of Straussians. Still, as a historic document this is an important issue. The whole disc, carefully remastered, is a treasure.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Furtwängler is in incandescent form in the Tristan excerpts, and even more so in the Dawn and Rhine Journey from Act 1 of Götterdämmerung. The music whizzes along with the most virtuoso contributions possible from the recently formed Philharmonia, the horns, headed by Dennis and Aubrey Brain, very much to the fore. Flagstad then sings the Immolation with quite wonderful freshness and conviction... The Tristan Prelude and Liebestod offer a similar frisson. Has the Prelude ever sounded so impassioned and urgent as here? Did Flagstad... ever convey so much tragic passion?” Gramophone Magazine, June 2007

“The urgency and purity of Flagstad's singing in these live recordings, made at the Royal Albert Hall in May 1950, bear witness to her extraordinary qualities, defying age - as indeed Wilhelm Furtwangler does in his radiant conducting” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition */**

GGramophone Awards 2007

Finalist - Historic Archive

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2007

Testament - SBT1410

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$16.75

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