Wagner: Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music (Overture & Bacchanale)

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Sir Adrian Boult conducts Elgar & Wagner

Sir Adrian Boult conducts Elgar & Wagner


Elgar:

Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 63

Royal Albert Hall, London, 24 July 1977

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale, London, 8 December 1968

with BBC Chorus


Sir Adrian Boult (1889–1983) studied in England and at Leipzig, Germany, with early conducting work in London for the Royal Opera House and Sergei Diaghilev’s ballet company. His first prominent post was conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1924. When the British Broadcasting Corporation appointed him director of music in 1930, he established the BBC Symphony Orchestra and became its chief conductor. The orchestra set standards of excellence (famously conducted by Toscanini) that were rivalled in Britain only by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), founded two years later.

After leaving the BBCSO in 1950, Boult took on the chief conductorship of the LPO and under his guidance its fortunes were revived. He retired as its chief conductor in 1957. In the latter part of his career he worked with other orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and his former orchestra, the BBC Symphony, conducting them in concerts and recordings until 1978, in what was widely called his ‘Indian summer’.

Boult was very closely associated with Elgar’s music throughout his career and recorded the Second Symphony five times (in 1944, 1956, 1963, 1968 and 1975 – all in the studio).

This live Proms performance recorded in stereo from 1977 ‘shows Boult in his late eighties working with the passion and energy of a much younger man’ (Martin Cotton). His relatively fast tempi are closer to his first recording made in 1944 with the BBCSO.

Elgar wrote to Boult ‘I feel that my reputation in the future is safe in your hands’ following a performance of his Symphony No.2.

The Overture and Venusberg Music from Wagner’s Tannhäuser are a new addition to the Boult discography and come from a live studio performance in stereo from the Maida Vale Studios in 1968.

Gramophone described ICA's recording of Boult's live performance of Elgar’s Symphony No.1 (ICAC5063) as ‘Boult at his inimitable best’.

“what treasure-trove it comprises...Not only do the BBC SO play with heartfelt commitment...but the 88-year-old Boult directs with unerring grip and thrusting vigour...So where's the rub? Well, the boomy, cavernous sound leaves a lot to be desired...if you can contend with the problematic sound, there's heaps to admire here on purely artistic grounds.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

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Hans Knappertsbusch conducts Wagner

Hans Knappertsbusch conducts Wagner


Wagner:

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Parsifal: Transformation Scene

Komm, komm, holder Knabe! (from Parsifal)

Siegfried Idyll

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Rienzi Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act 3

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Siegfried: Waldweben

with Franz Lechleitner

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


‘It’s Wagner’s opera: let’s present him and not ourselves!’ This remark by Hans Knappertsbusch to Hans Hotter as the singer was about go on stage as Gurnemanz at Bayreuth in 1964 was characteristic of the conductor’s attitude. Singers’ egos, directors’ concepts and designers’ flights of fancy had no place in the Knappertsbusch vision of Wagner’s stage works. Indeed, after his second season at ‘New Bayreuth’, he told Wieland Wagner: ‘As soon as the spirit of Richard Wagner moves back into the Festspielhaus, I shall be the first to return’. And yet it would be hard to find a more flexible and spontaneous exponent of the conductor’s art than Hans Knappertsbusch, or ‘Kna’ as his friends and colleagues called him. No two of his performances were alike, which made him a difficult conductor to ‘capture’ in the clinical environment of the recording studio. He was notoriously averse to rehearsals, preferring to take inspiration from the moment when everything came together in the crucible of a live performance in the theatre or concert hall. Frequently the result was magnificent as this collection is testament to.

This collection brings together the bulk of his Wagner orchestral recordings for Decca (with the Wiener Philharmoniker), with scenes from Parsifal with members of the Wiener Staatsopernchor and the ‘Forest Murmurs’ from Siegfried with Franz Lechleitner in the title role – in all, more than two-and-a-half hours of music recorded for Decca between 1950 and 1959. Australian Wagner scholar Peter Bassett contributes the illuminating notes for this release.

Knappertsbusch died in October 1965 in Munich, following a fall at his home. In a long musical life, he explored the works of the great classical composers with intelligence and imagination; but, as he himself said, it was to Wagner’s music dramas that he devoted ‘his most and his deepest’.

“I must praise the mellow quality of the brass … and the lovely cantabile of the strings, and above all the way in which, without exaggeration, Knappertsbusch captures the mystical mood of the Prelude. […] The voices are placed in excellent perspective and Günther Treptow makes a good Parsifal.” Gramophone Magazine (Parsifal)

“He always allows Wagner’s music to unroll at its own natural pace, never forces or drives it. One hears details that one had never noticed in the score. And when it comes to a climax, then none can rival Knappertsbusch’s magnicently rich, resonant, clear, spacious recording, which has the incidental advantages of demonstrating superb orchestral playing and Wagner conducting as fine as one can hope to hear … Nothing seems to get lost in those massive climaxes” Gramophone Magazine (Tannhäuser, Fliegende Holländer, Walküre)

“…the Götterdämmerung excerpts are most beautifully played with an abundant degree of warmth and a moderate degree of savagery where these qualities are called for […] the beauty of sound … is incontestable” Gramophone Magazine

“the glorious playing of the Vienna Philharmonic” Gramophone Magazine (Tristan)

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Maazel conducts Wagner

Maazel conducts Wagner


Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Lohengrin: Act 1

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Waltraud Meier (mezzo)


RCA - 09026631432

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Wagner: Orchestral Music

Wagner: Orchestral Music


Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

Rienzi Overture


Sony Classical Masters - 88697724932

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Wagner: Orchestral Music from the Operas

Wagner: Orchestral Music from the Operas


Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Lohengrin: Preludes to Acts 1 & 3

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral March


Sony - 88697549312

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Elgar - Enigma Variations

Elgar - Enigma Variations


Delius:

The Walk to the Paradise Garden

arr. Beecham

Elgar:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music


Following on from Mackerras’ critically acclaimed opening night of the Sydney Opera House (ABC4766440), ABC is delighted to present this live performance recorded at Hammer Hall from November 2007.

ABC Classics - ABC4763224

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Wagner: Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music, etc.

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

(Recorded IX. & X.1974, Philharmonie, Berlin)

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

(Recorded IX. & X.1974, Philharmonie, Berlin)

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3

(Recorded IX. & X.1974, Philharmonie, Berlin)

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

(Recorded IX. & X.1974, Philharmonie, Berlin)

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

(Recorded IX. & X.1974, Philharmonie, Berlin Previously issued)

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

(Recorded IX. & X.1974, Philharmonie, Berlin)


EMI - The Karajan Collection - 4768962

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Stokowski conducts Wagner Vol. I

Stokowski conducts Wagner Vol. I

Music from Tannhäuser & Parsifal


Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Tannhäuser: Prelude to Act 3

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

Parsifal: Symphonic Synthesis from Act III


Pearl - GEMM9448

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Wagner: Overtures & Preludes

Wagner: Overtures & Preludes


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Lohengrin: Preludes to Acts 1 & 3

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

Faust Overture, WWV59

Die Feen: Overture

Kinderkatechismus

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Symphony in C major


A stunning Wagner collection including all the major overtures and preludes (including the very rare and very beautiful Die Feen [The Fairies]), this collection is noteworthy for other reasons. For a start, it brings together in a single collection the complete Decca Wagner recordings of Zubin Mehta and the complete Philips Wagner recordings of Edo de Waart. It also features two rarities - Wagner's early Symphony (with the San Francisco Symphony and Edo de Waart) and a tiny choral piece - Kinderkatechismus - an absolute Decca rarity and much sought-after by collectors.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4428283

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Wagner: Arias & excerpts from Tannhäuser, Tristan & Götterdämmerung

Wagner: Arias & excerpts from Tannhäuser, Tristan & Götterdämmerung


Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

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

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

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


Heidi Melton (soprano)

Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine, Paul Daniel

CD+BOOK

Released to coincide with the opening of the 2014-2015 opera season in Bordeaux and to continue the celebration of the Wagner bicentenary, Paul Daniel accompanies the young American dramatic soprano Heidi Melton who has been called “the Wagnerian voice we have been waiting for since Flagstad and Nilsson” (La Presse), and a voice that is “big, gleaming and tonally resplendent.” (San Francisco Chronicle). Ms. Melton sang her first 'Siegfried' Brünnhilde in concert with Opéra National de Bordeaux, as well as the “Immolation Scene” and “Liebestod” for Wagner concerts in Bordeaux and on tour in France. From the most vibrant pages of 'Tristan and Isolde' to the wonder of the 'Twilight of the Gods', through the famous overture to 'Tannhäuser', here are some captivating aspects of the master of Bayreuth's art which are played by an enthusiastic Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine.

“[Melton] displays great assurance and considerable accomplishment in this trio of vocal items. Placed well forward of the orchestra, she has no obvious technical weaknesses.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014

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