Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

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R Strauss: Sextuor, Wagner: Siegfried Idyll & Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht', Kammerensemble de Paris dir. Armin Jordan

R Strauss: Sextuor, Wagner: Siegfried Idyll & Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht", Kammerensemble de Paris dir. Armin Jordan


Schoenberg:

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

Strauss, R:

Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85

Wagner:

Siegfried Idyll


Kammerensemble de Paris, Armin Jordan

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Barbirolli in New York

Barbirolli in New York

Recording of a concert in Carnegie Hall, New York on 20 November 1938


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Tannhäuser: Venusberg Music (bacchanale)

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Siegfried Idyll

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Dance of the Apprentices

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Entry of the Masters


Although John Barbirolli made several commercial recordings during his seven years as conductor of the Philharmonic- Symphony Orchestra of New York (as the New York Philharmonic was then formally known), the Barbirolli Society offers us a unique oportunity with this issue of an off-the-air recording of a Wagner concert, performed in Carnegie Hall in November 1938. It comes as a valuable reminder of an important period of his career, one moreover which has come to be regarded, superficially and misleadingly, as a failure. The orchestra was immediately won over by Barbirolli’s personality and remained devoted to him. If these tough players – once known as ‘Murder Incorporated’ – had not liked him and respected his musicianship, it would have been impossible for the manager Arthur Judson, within five days of JB’s first concert, to have begun to mention a permanent appointment. On 7 December 1936, after five weeks’ work with the orchestra, the board offered him a three-year contract and this was renewed in 1940 for a further two years, by which time the war was a complicating factor. JB himself was overwhelmed and wrote to his future wife Evelyn Rothwell on 11 December 1936: ‘The orchestra played tonight as something I have dreamed of. . . The emotion of the orchestra at my appointment is something too touching for words. I can’t believe I am worthy of all this.’ The orchestra’s first horn player spoke of ‘the joy’ of making music with Barbirolli.

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Kontra Wagner

Kontra Wagner


Chabrier:

Souvenirs de Munich

orch. David Matthews

Hindemith:

Overture to 'The Flying Dutchman' as Played at Sight by a Second-Rate Concert Orchestra at the Village Well at 7 o'clock in the Morning

Krenek:

Serenade for clarinet and string trio, Op. 4

Monti, V:

Csárdás

with Themes by Wagner; arranged for violin and four bassoons by Arthur Kullnig

Wagner:

Träume (No. 5 from Wesendonck-Lieder)

arr. for violin and small orchestra

Siegfried Idyll

Träume (No. 5 from Wesendonck-Lieder)

arr. by A. Frackenpohl for trumpet, brass ensemble and harp

Webern:

Movement for string trio, Op. post, (1925)


Tatjana Vassilieva (cello), Thomas Timm (violin), Henning Trog (bassoon), Peter Brem (violin), Daniele Damiano (bassoon), Marion Reinhard (bassoon), Markus Weidmann (bassoon), Holger Groschopp (piano), Romano Tommasini (violin), Wolfgang Talirz (viola), Falk Maertens (trumpet), Gabor Tarkovi (trumpet), Marie-Pierre Langlamet (harp), David Riniker (cello), Manfred Preis (clarinet), Cornelia Gartemann (violin), Julia Gartemann (viola)

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Michael Hasel

Wagner seen from a different angle: motifs from his operas in adaptations ranging from so-lemn to humorous, in various instrumentations – and pieces by Webern and Krenek.

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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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A Nos Amours

A Nos Amours


Busoni:

Berceuse élégiaque, Op. 42

Denza:

Funiculì-Funiculà

Schubert:

Ständchen 'Horch! Horch! die Lerch!', D889

Strauss, J, II:

Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388

Wein, Weib und Gesang, Op. 333

Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437

Wagner:

Siegfried Idyll


Diabolicus, Dietrich Henschel

The fascinating programme of waltzes and other short pieces chosen for this new recording by the chamber ensemble Diabolicus and its renowned musical director Dietrich Henschel has been given the title “A Nos Amours”, and endeavours to musically represent the full range of emotions that cover life from birth till death. There is the love of Richard Wagner for his wife Cosima and for their newborn son in the Siegfried Idyll, the love of a son for his dead mother in the Busoni’s touching lullaby, the Berceuse élégaique, as well as the joy of life and love so perfectly portrayed in the waltzes of Johann Strauss the younger. The Schubert lied Ständchen and the famous Neopolitan song Funiculì-Funiculà by Luigi Denza have been included to present the more light-hearted aspect of these “amours”. Apart from the Wagner piece, the music is here performed in transcriptions for chamber groups by Arnold Schoenberg and his circle of friends and pupils.

The chamber ensemble Diabolicus was formed in 2001 with a core of soloists from the Orchestre de Paris. The ensemble can be expanded as required, bringing together musical personalities encountered in a variety of extra-orchestral collaborations. In 2004 and 2005, Diabolicus swelled its number to thirty-five musicians for two performances at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, with Dietrich Henschel and Menahem Pressler respectively. With Dietrich Henschel, their working relationship did not involve the notion of an ensemble directed by a conductor, but was immediately established on the basis of a friendly collaboration in music.

Dietrich Henschel is acknowledged as one of today’s foremost interpreters of the lied. He is invited all over the world with the pianists Fritz Schwinghammer, Helmut Deutsch and Michael Schäfer. His substantial discography features lieder and song cycles by Mahler, Wolf, Schubert, Korngold, and Beethoven, as well as a complete recording of Busoni’s Doktor Faust (winner of a Grammy Award). His conducting career has taken flight since his triumph at the Châtelet in 2004 in a series of concerts with the ensemble Diabolicus, with which he has subsequently worked on a regular basis.

“The playing is of the highest quality, rhythms are crisp, tuning is excellent. A most enjoyable programme…” Gramophone Magazine, November 2008

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Bruno Walter conducts Wagner & Bruckner

Bruno Walter conducts Wagner & Bruckner

First release of the concert given at Carnegie Hall, 10 February, 1957.


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Wagner:

Siegfried Idyll


Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Walter

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Wagner: Overtures, Marches ...

Wagner: Overtures, Marches ...


Wagner:

Das Liebesverbot Overture

Symphony in E

Faust Overture, WWV59

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

(arr. Henze)

Rienzi Overture

Christoph Columbus: Overture

Die Feen: Overture

Huldigungsmarsch, WWV 97

Kaisermarsch, WWV104

Großer Festmarsch (Centennial March) for the centenary of the independence of the USA

Siegfried Idyll


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Great Conductors - Serge Koussevitzky

Great Conductors - Serge Koussevitzky


Brahms:

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Recorded 2nd April 1947

Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Recorded 4th April 1947

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Recorded 27th April 1949

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Recorded 4th April 1947

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

Recorded 19th April 1946

Siegfried Idyll

Recorded 27th April 1949


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Great Conductors - Otto Klemperer

Great Conductors - Otto Klemperer


Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

Siegfried Idyll


If ‘slow tempos’ were a significant characteristic of Klemperer’s final years as a conductor, in his earlier days, as demonstrated on these 1927-28 recordings, he could set fizzing tempos, galvanising his performers with electric gestures. Above all, however, Klemperer was a master structuralist, always focussed on the music, its construction and direction. His recording of the Brahms Symphony No. 1, made over seven months, is notable not only for athletic vitality but for ecstatic singing lines and subtle integration of light and shade. The account of the Prelude to Act I of Tristan und Isolde is remarkably rapt while that of Siegfried Idyll is intimate and gentle.

“Compelling and magisterial. The Bhrams Symhony is overwhelming, the Wagner excerpts tantalising.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2008 *****

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Wagner: Wesendonk-Lieder and other works

Wagner: Wesendonk-Lieder and other works


Wagner:

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act 3

Siegfried: Waldweben

Meine Ruh ist hin, Op. 5 No 6

Siegfried Idyll

Les adieux de Marie Stuart, WWV 61


Maria Riccarda Wesseling (mezzo-soprano)

Kammerphilharmonie Graubunden, Marcus Bosch

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