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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ica classics Legacy - ICAC5106

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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

(CD)

$13.25

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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

(CD)

$8.50

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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

(CD)

$13.25

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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

(CD)

$18.75

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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

(CD)

$11.50

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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

(CD)

$15.50

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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

(CD - 2 discs)

$16.00

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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.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Actes Sud - ASM22

(CD)

$23.75

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Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder

Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder


Wagner:

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod


One of the most interesting voices of our time presents her first Wagner album: Anne Schwanewilms, who just made a very successful debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York sings the Wesendonck-Lieder, Liebestod and Elisabeth’s Aria from Tannhäuser.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Capriccio - C5174

(CD)

$18.75

(also available to download from $10.00)

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

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