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

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4807064

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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)

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)

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3


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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EMI - 9733992

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Wagner: Orchestral Highlights

Wagner: Orchestral Highlights


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture

Tannhäuser: Prelude to Act 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

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3


“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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$16.00

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Ballet for Band

Ballet for Band


Gounod:

Faust - Ballet Music

Respighi:

La Boutique Fantasque, PP120

Sullivan, A:

Pineapple Poll Suite

Wagner:

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3

Bridal Chorus 'Treulich geführt' (from Lohengrin)

Gesegnet soll sie schreiten (from Lohengrin)

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla


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Mercury Living Presence - 4343222

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (orchestral excerpts)

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (orchestral excerpts)


Wagner:

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

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

Siegfried: Waldweben

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Götterdämmerung: finale


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Decca - 4101372

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Wagner: Orchestral Music

Wagner: Orchestral Music


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture

Tannhäuser: Prelude to Act 3

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Dance of the Apprentices

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Entry of the Masters

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

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod


EMI Great Recordings of the Century - 5678932

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$17.00

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Wagner: Orchestral Highlights

Wagner: Orchestral Highlights


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Siegfried Idyll

Tannhäuser: Overture

Tannhäuser: Prelude to Act 3

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Dance of the Apprentices

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Entry of the Masters

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Siegfried: Waldweben

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral March

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod


Several of the recordings on this disc date from 1960, when Otto Klemperer celebrated his 75th birthday and Wieland Wagner, the composer’s grandson, saluted the conductor as “a unique artistic phenomenon”. Klemperer’s mastery of Wagner’s music was rooted in the early years of his career: by the age of 30 he had conducted performances of Lohengrin, Der fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Parsifal and Tristan und Isolde.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Warner Classics Original Jacket Reissues - 2564607590

(CD - 2 discs)

$15.25

Scheduled for release on 21 August 2015. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

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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