Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

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Wagner: Opera Excerpts

Wagner: Opera Excerpts


Wagner:

Parsifal (excerpts)

Tristan und Isolde (excerpts)

Götterdämmerung: excerpts

Siegfried Idyll


"It will be no surprise to anyone who knows Schuricht's Bruckner that these are flowing, beautifully balanced, serious readings. I don't know any quite like them. As I listen to them, it seems to me that there is no other way to do justice to Wagner's noble genius. Whether it is in the intimate tenderness of the Siegfried Idyll as warm as Walter (but better proportioned) or Solti (but more relaxed), or the sheer luxury of the Tristan Prelude, this is exalted music-making." - American Record Guide

This assemblage of Wagner excerpts from the archives (XVI, the Schuricht Edition) of conductor Carl Schuricht (1880-1967) traverses sixteen years of work with the SouthWest German Radio Stuttgart, the earliest inscriptions being the 29 April 1950 Tristan Prelude; the latest the Parsifal Act I and Act III sequences from 17-19 March 1966. The Twilight of the Gods excerpts from 28 September 1955 are particularly powerful, with Siegfried’s Funeral March in towering motion against the Valhalla motif in the trumpets. The Rhine Journey is no less plastic and arched, with the vocal lines preserved right up to Brunnhilde’s high C from Zu Neuen Thaten.

"From the same day of recording comes the chamber version of A Siegfried Idyll, which permits the flute, oboe, and low horns immediacy of impact on the amblings of our Nibelungen hero. The Parsifal Act I Prelude is cast in the same expansive mold we hear in renditions by Schuricht’s contemporaries Klemperer, Knappertsbusch, Walter, and Furtwaengler. The Good Friday Spell (23 September 1954) from Parsifal projects a deeply burnished, rich ambiance, with the strings and winds in pungent, incisive form, the oboe ravishing. The Act III Finale lacks the chorus, but the alchemical mix of winds, horns, and harp is superbly magical. Schuricht’s is a lustrous Wagner, eminently vocalized in the instrumental renditions, and equally notable for the clarity of orchestral detail. Himmel hoch!" Gary Lemco on www.audaud.com

Hänssler - Carl Schuricht Collection - HAEN93156

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Richard Strauss / Richard Wagner

Richard Strauss / Richard Wagner


Strauss, R:

Overture and Dance Scene from ‘Ariadne auf Naxos', Op. 60

Duett-Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon & Strings, AV147

Robert Plane (clarinet), Stephen Reay (bassoon), Christina Rhys (harp)

Wagner:

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

Jard van Nes (mezzo-soprano)

Siegfried Idyll

Träume (No. 5 from Wesendonck-Lieder)

arranged for solo violin and orchestra

Lesley Hatfield (violin)


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Carl Muck (1859-1940)

Carl Muck (1859-1940)


Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Siegfried Idyll

Tannhäuser: Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture


Recorded 1927-1929, but recording and performance sound remarkably modern. Carl Muck was one of the earliest significant conductors recorded. A pillar of Bayreuth from 1892, he conducted Parsifal there every year from 1901 to 1930.

Symposium - SYMPCD1345

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Wagner - Overtures & Preludes

Wagner - Overtures & Preludes


Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Lohengrin: Preludes to Acts 1 & 3

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Tannhäuser: Overture

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Siegfried Idyll

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Lilo Brockhaus, Carlotta Ordassy, Barbro Ericson, Cvetka Ahlin, Helga Jenckel, Liselotte Rebmann, Danica Mastilovic, Ingrid Steger

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Eugen Jochum

Faust Overture, WWV59

Bamberger Symphoniker, Otto Gerdes

Rienzi Overture

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm


This 2CD album is a perfect overview of Wagner's orchestral showpieces, performed by what is a roll-call of the world's top orchestras and conductors.

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Hans Knappertsbusch

Hans Knappertsbusch


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

(1890 version)

Wagner:

Siegfried Idyll


Testament - SBT1339

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor, etc.

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Wagner:

Siegfried Idyll


DG Westminster - E4712112

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Schoenberg: Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5, etc.

Schoenberg:

Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5

Wagner:

Siegfried Idyll


DG - 4690082

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Strauss, R: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40, etc.

Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Wagner:

Siegfried Idyll


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DG Originals - E4497252

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Wagner: Orchestral Music

Wagner: Orchestral Music


Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Siegfried Idyll

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

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


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Wagner: Overtures & Preludes

Wagner: Overtures & Preludes


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act 3

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 3

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde): orchestral version

Siegfried Idyll


DG - 4396872

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