Wagner: Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

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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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George London sings Wagner

George London sings Wagner


Wagner:

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Wehevolles Erbe, dem ich verfallen! (from Parsifal)

Die Frist ist um (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Was duftet doch der Flieder (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

Wahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn! (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind! (from Die Walküre)


George London was born in Montreal, Canada; when he was fifteen the family moved to the United States. His original surname was Burnstein (he also used Burnson for a time) and his forebears were from Širvintos in Lithuania. He began his singing studies in Los Angeles, and by the 1940s was touring with a trio that included Frances Yeend and Mario Lanza. His début in a leading role was in Rigoletto for San Francisco Opera in 1946. Three years later, in Vienna, he sang Amonasro in Aida, a role that also launched his Metropolitan Opera career in 1951.

It was while London was singing the four villains in The Tales of Hoffmann in Vienna that Hans Knappertsbusch decided to recommend London to Wieland Wagner for the 1951 Bayreuth Festival. Seven years later, Knappertsbusch recorded four great Wagner scenes for Decca with George London. The recording appears here in its entirety, supplemented with one of the great scenes from their 1962 performance of Parsifal (recorded ‘live’ at the Bayreuth Festival it went on to become one of most venerated recordings of this opera) and the closing scene of Rheingold in which London appears on the celebrated Solti recording as Wotan.

London’s vocal health began to deteriorate rapidly during the 1963–64 season; eventually the problem was diagnosed as paralysis of the vocal cords. Efforts to restore the voice proved fruitless, and in due course London had to accept that, at 46, his singing career was over. The operatic world had suffered a great loss. He died after a series of heart attacks in March 1985. George London is remembered as an exceptional and intelligent artist who combined a great voice and superb musicianship with a commanding stage presence.

“his singing compels admiration: a fine firm line, unfailing exactness of intonation and rhythm (how often can that be said of most Wagnerian singers?), exemplary enunciation, intelligent and expressive treatment of words and a true sense of character – no wonder he is highly regarded by Bayreuth. He is supported here by most beautiful orchestral playing – Knappertsbusch’s masterly hand is everywhere apparent – which sets off Wagner’s instrumentation in a rich glow. […] These are not merely good performances: they have that intense, imaginative re-recreation of the music which lifts them out of that category.” Gramophone Magazine, March 1959

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The Essential Wagner

The Essential Wagner


Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Summ' und brumm', du gutes Rädchen 'Spinning Chorus' (from Der fliegende Holländer)

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

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

Tannhäuser: Overture

Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)

O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)

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

Lohengrin: Preludes to Acts 1 & 3

Einsam in trüben Tagen (from Lohengrin)

Entweihte Götter (from Lohengrin)

Bridal Chorus 'Treulich geführt' (from Lohengrin)

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Siegmund heiß ich und Siegmund bin ich! (from Die Walküre)

Hoho! Hoho! Hohei! Schmiede, mein Hammer, ein hartes Schwert! (from Siegfried)

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Morgenlich leuchtend im rosigen Schein 'Prize Song' (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe (from Tristan und Isolde)

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


The best-loved and most popular works by Richard Wagner, performed by the world’s leading artists, in an accessible format at budget price.

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Wagner: Orchestral Highlights

Wagner: Orchestral Highlights


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture

Tannhäuser: Prelude to Act 3

Lohengrin: Preludes to Acts 1 & 3

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Dance of the Apprentices

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Siegfried Idyll

Siegfried: Waldweben

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral March

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod


“There is not one performance on this set that is less than eloquent. It is plain from these recordings that Klemperer is a great Wagner conductor, probably the greatest in the world.” Gramophone Magazine

EMI Masters - 6782992

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The Britannic Organ, Vol. 5: Richard Wagner on Welte

The Britannic Organ, Vol. 5: Richard Wagner on Welte


Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind! (from Die Walküre)

Parsifal: Klingsor's Magic Garden

Bridal Chorus 'Treulich geführt' (from Lohengrin)

Träume (No. 5 from Wesendonck-Lieder)

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Huldigungsmarsch, WWV 97

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Das Liebesmahl der Apostel, WWV 69

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Tannhauser: Tannhauser's Pilgrimage

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Lohengrins Verweis

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

Rienzi Overture


Michael Welte (player organ), Franz Xaver Franz (organ), Anonymous (player organ), Clarence Eddy (player organ), Samuel Atkinson Baldwin (organ), Harry Goss-Custard (organ), Edwin H. Lemare (player organ), Kurt Grosse (organ), Thaddaus Hofmiller (player organ), Emil Paur (player organ), Edwin H. Lemare (organ), Harry Goss-Custard (player organ), Clarence Eddy (organ), Michael Welte (organ)

Oehms - The Britannic Organ - OC844

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Wagner: Orchestral Excerpts Volume 1

Wagner: Orchestral Excerpts Volume 1


Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Leb wohl...Loge, hör! 'Wotan's Farewell & Magic Fire Music' (from Die Walküre)

Siegfried: Waldweben

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


This selection of some of Wagner’s finest orchestral excerpts opens with the ‘storm-swept ballad’ of Der fliegende Holländer, the opera which launched his epoch-defining later masterpieces. The entire span of Der Ring des Nibelungen is represented in this programme, from the luminous rainbow bridge which leads the gods to Valhalla in Das Rheingold, the urgent drama of Die Walküre, and the atmospheric repose of the Forest Murmurs in Siegfried, to the tragic depths of Siegfried’s Funeral March. This recording has been praised for its ‘radiant sensuousness’. (Gramophone) Volumes 2 and 3 in this series are available on 8572768 and 8572769.

Naxos Seattle Symphony Collection - Wagner Orchestral Excerpts - 8572767

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Richard Strauss - Complete Music for Brass Ensemble

Richard Strauss - Complete Music for Brass Ensemble


Strauss, R:

Festmusik der Stadt Wien

Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des Johanniter-Ordens, Op. 103

Fanfare für Wiener Philharmoniker, Op. 109

Fanfare zur Eröffnung der Musikwoche der Stadt Wein, AV110

Erster Parademarsch des Regiments Königs-Jäger zu Pferde, Op. 97

arr. Leslie Lake

Parade-Marsch für Kavallerie No. 2, Op. 98

Wagner:

Siegfried Idyll

arr. James Davies

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

arr Howard Snell


Royal Academy of Music Symphonic Brass, James Watson

The Royal Academy's brass department has established itself as one of the foremost in the world. The department's professors are active performers at the highest professional level, and include principal players with London's leading orchestras and world-renowned solo performers. In addition to the resident teachers, visiting specialists regularly teach at the Academy-further increasing the range of expertise which students can draw on. Brass students are prepared for every aspect of the profession, from period performance on original instruments through big band to the avant-garde and session work. Professor James Watson divides his time between playing, teaching and conducting. He studied trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music, where he now holds the position of Artistic Director and Head of Brass. James's orchestral work has included principal trumpet posts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, London Sinfonietta, the Nash Ensemble and Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. Conducting positions have included Artistic Director of the renowned Black Dyke Mills Band, Artistic Director of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales and Vice President of the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain.

"Excellent playing in an entertaining recital…brilliantly played and detailed… Throughout, the playing and ensemble of these brass professionals of the future are excellent" Gramophone

“…the "Entry of the Gods into Valhalla"… opens with spectacular explosive force and the players maintain their bravado throughout. …this is a collection for brass aficionados. It is certainly splendidly recorded.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2009

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Wagner - Symphonic Syntheses by Stokowski

Wagner - Symphonic Syntheses by Stokowski


Wagner:

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

(ed. Stokowski)

Tristan und Isolde: Symphonic Synthesis

(ed. Stokowski)

Parsifal: Symphonic Synthesis from Act III

(ed. Stokowski)

Die Walkure: Magic Fire Music

(ed. Stokowski)

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

(ed. Stokowski)


“Fine performances, revivifying these pioneering pieces.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2007 ****

“It would be hard to imagine a more sumptuous disc. Stokowski, in these 'symphonic syntheses', enhances Wagner's already opulent orchestration with shrewdly added instrumental lines and with the vocal parts usually given to the strings.
Then at times he thins the orchestration down for more transparent textures. José Serebrier conducts the Bournemouth SO in thrilling performances, passionate in a genuinely Stokowskian manner and treated to orchestral sound of demonstration quality.
Stokowski's aim was to provide more satisfying orchestral items in concerts than the popular 'bleeding chunks'. So in the most ambitious item, on Tristan, we have between the Prelude and Liebestod a rich orchestral version of the Love Duet. Where the end of the duet builds up to that chilling interruption from King Marke, Stokowski has it lead seamlessly into the equivalent passage in the Liebestod. It works superbly.
The selection starts excitingly with the Entry of the Gods into Valhalla and it is good to find Serebrier splendidly adding an anvil when Donner brings his hammer down. The Parsifal synthesis is limited to music from Act 3, thus ignoring the Good Friday Music. From DieWalküre comes the Magic Fire Music and, most excitingly, the Ride of the Valkyries. This is the finest of Naxos's Stokowski discs to date.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Opulent Wagner arrangements provide a stunner…José Serebrier conducts the BSO in thrilling performances” Gramophone Magazine

Naxos - 8570293

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Wagner: Orchestral Highlights

Wagner: Orchestral Highlights


Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

recorded in the Concert Hall of Slovak Philharmonic, Bratislava, December 1988

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Halasz

Tannhäuser: Overture

recorded in the Concert Hall of Slovak Philharmonic, Bratislava, December 1988

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Halasz

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

recorded in the Concert Hall of Slovak Philharmonic, Bratislava, December 1988

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Halasz

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

recorded in the Concert Hall of Czechoslovak Radio, Bratislava, October 1988

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Uwe Mund

Rienzi Overture

recorded in the Teatro Cervantes, Malaga, 2-4 April 2002

Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, Alexander Rahbari

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey

recorded in the Concert Hall of Czechoslovak Radio, Bratislava, October 1988

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Uwe Mund

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

recorded in the Concert Hall of Czechoslovak Radio, Bratislava, October 1988

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Uwe Mund


Naxos Selection - 8571073

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The Richard Wagner Collection

The Richard Wagner Collection


Wagner:

O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)

Bryn Terfel

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Wahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn! (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

Bryn Terfel

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

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

Birgit Nilsson

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Karl Böhm

Tannhäuser: Overture

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act 3

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Flagstad/Wächter/Kmentt/London/Svanholm/Balsborg

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Morgenlich leuchtend im rosigen Schein 'Prize Song' (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

Placido Domingo

Berlin Deutsche Opera Orchestra, Eugen Jochum

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey

Birgit Nilsson/Wolfgang Windgassen

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

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

Birgit Nilsson/Gottlob Frick

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti


Decca - 4762457

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