Wagner: Die Walkure: Magic Fire Music (Die Zauberfeuer)

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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

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Erato - 9341422

(CD - 2 discs)

$24.50

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Variations on America

Variations on America


Buck, D:

Concert Variations on 'The Star-Spangled Banner', Op. 23

Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

Ives, C:

Variations on 'America'

Parker, H:

Revery, Op. 66 No. 2

Rossini:

Guillaume Tell Overture

arr. Buck

Wagner:

Die Walkure: Magic Fire Music

arr. Rogers


Rudolf Innig (organ)

Variations on America is a disc of organ works by Rossini, Buck, Parker, Wagner and Gershwin. Accomplished and critically acclaimed organist Rudolf Innig performs on the Walcker/Aeolian-Skinner Organ Methuen (USA).

“The present instrument as heard on this disc clearly has great presence and character although it has to be admitted that as heard here the sounds it produces are by no means all pleasant. The recording is forward and the range of volume is enormous.” MusicWeb International, 4th September 2013

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Super Audio CD

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Hybrid Multi-channel

MDG Gold - MDG9171809

(SACD)

$19.75

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Wagner at the Organ

Wagner at the Organ

The Transcriptions of Edwin Lemare


Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

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

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3

Bridal Chorus 'Treulich geführt' (from Lohengrin)

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Die Walkure: Magic Fire Music

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

all tracks trans. Edwin Lemare


Jonathan Vaughn (Organ of St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol)

Released for the Wagner bicentenary in May 2013, the first disc by a British organist entirely devoted to Wagner, and a major contribution to the small discography of Wagner transcriptions for a solo instrument.

Wagner’s major orchestral works, including the Overture to Mastersingers and Ride of the Valkyries, in virtuoso transcriptions for solo organ by Edwin Lemare.

Played by Jonathan Vaughn on the 1911 Harrison and Harrison organ of St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol – regarded as one of the finest high Romantic organs ever built.

Jonathan Vaughn is a former organ scholar of St John’s College, Cambridge, and is most often heard accompanying the world-class choir of Wells Cathedral in his capacity as assistant organist of the Cathedral.

This debut solo recording from Jonathan Vaughn demonstrates his supreme virtuosity in powerfully dramatic repertoire, as well as the immense range of tone colour of the Redcliffe organ, and will capture the imagination of all lovers of Wagner’s music.

“I found listening to this disc enthralling from start to finish, and marvelled at Lemare’s respect for the essential character of the originals. Jonathan Vaughn plays with panache and sensitivity and is recorded with great clarity and realism.” MusicWeb International, 4th September 2013

Regent - REGCD394

(CD)

$17.50

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The Great Pianists Volume 14 - Ignace Friedman

The Great Pianists Volume 14 - Ignace Friedman


Bach, J S:

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Chopin:

Waltz No. 1 in E flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 18

Impromptu No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 29

Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute Waltz'

Polonaise No. 9 in B flat major, Op. 71 No. 2

Friedman, I:

Elle danse, Op. 10 No. 5

Old English Minuet (Shield)

Viennese Dance No. 1 (after Eduard Gärtner)

Viennese Dance No. 2 (after Eduard Gärtner)

Viennese Dance No. 3 (after Eduard Gärtner)

Viennese Dance No. 4 (after Eduard Gärtner)

Liszt:

Grande Étude de Paganini, S. 141 No. 3 'La Campanella'

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 14 in F minor

Moszkowski:

Serenata in D major, Op. 15 No. 1

Rubinstein:

Romance in E flat major, Op. 44 No. 1 'The Night'

Schumann:

Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 No. 1 'Des Abends'

Warum, Op. 12, No. 3

Wagner:

Die Walkure: Magic Fire Music


Ignace Friedman (piano)

The Masters of the Piano Roll continues with Volume 14 in this series of recordings of the great pianists of the 20th Century.

These piano rolls are nearly 100 years old and come from a collection owned by Denis Condon who is one of the world’s most respected authorities on the piano roll and has some 18,000 in his collection

These recordings were made in 1992 and recorded on a brand new Yamaha Concert Grand under Denis’s supervision – they are not historical recordings.

Dal Segno - The Great Pianists - DSPRCD054

(CD)

$11.75

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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 ****

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

“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

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Naxos - 8570293

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Legendary Conductors

Legendary Conductors


Beethoven:

König Stephan Overture, Op. 117

Recorded 1925

Berlin Opera Orchestra, Oskar Fried

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Recorded 1924

Berlin Opera Orchestra, Oskar Fried

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Recorded 1929

Berlin Opera Orchestra, Richard Strauss

Wagner:

Die Walkure: Magic Fire Music

Recorded 1914

Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Felix Weingartner


Arbiter - ARBITER140

(CD)

$16.75

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Wagner: Overtures and Highlights

Wagner: Overtures and Highlights


Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Die Walkure: Magic Fire Music

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 2

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Eugen Jochum

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral March

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Karl Böhm


Belart - 4610662

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Wagner: Orchestral Music from Operas

Wagner: Orchestral Music from Operas


Wagner:

Freudig begrussen wir 'Entrance of the Guests' (from Tannhauser)

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

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

Die Walkure: Magic Fire Music

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act 3

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Entry of the Masters

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Dance of the Apprentices

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3


Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Symphony Orchestra, Gyorgy Lehel, Yuri Ahronovitch, Vassil Kazandjiev

Capriole - CA15612

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The Complete Josef Hofmann, Vol.4

The Complete Josef Hofmann, Vol.4

The Acoustic Brunswick Recordings 1922 - 1923


Brahms:

Gavotte after Chr. W. Gluck (arranged for piano)

Chopin:

Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20

abridged

Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15 No. 2

Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2

Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40 No. 1 'Military'

Hofmann, J:

Mignonettes: Nocturne

Liszt:

Polish Songs S480 No. 5 'Mein Freuden' (Moja pieszczotka, My Joys)' (after Chopin)

Waldesrauschen, S145 No. 1

Grande Étude de Paganini, S. 141 No. 3 'La Campanella'

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Rubinstein:

Turkish March (after Beethoven's 'The Ruins of Athens')

Melody in F major, Op. 3 No. 1

Scarlatti, D:

Pastorale and Capriccio

arr. Tausig

Wagner:

Die Walkure: Magic Fire Music

arr. Brassin


“Effortless, magical playing” Classic CD

VAI - VAIA1047

(CD)

$15.25

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Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt: The Capitol Recordings

Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt: The Capitol Recordings


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

V. Yankoff (piano)

Brahms:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Haydn:

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'

Mozart:

Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Schubert:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Incidental music to Rosamunde, D797: excerpts

Wagner:

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Die Walkure: Magic Fire Music

Siegfried: Waldweben

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral March


Das NWDR Sinfonie-Orchester, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt

After the Telefunken recordings of Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt (Tah 698-700), this is another welcome reissue: several rarities from the famous Capitol label which seem to have disappeared completely. Music lovers have long searched for these rare performances, at last made available. In these recordings we can admire the wonderful playing of the famous Hamburg strings, led by Erich Röhn and Arthur Troester, but also the beauty of the sound of Gerhard Otto’s flute and above all the incredible clarinet playing of Rudolf Irmisch (Waldweben).

Recorded April and December 1955

Tahra - TAH694/696

(CD - 3 discs)

$54.50

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