Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

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Wagner: Overtures & Preludes

Wagner: Overtures & Preludes


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Tannhäuser: Overture

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture


Orchestra der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Christian Thielemann

Christian Thielemann studied viola and piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and took private lessons in composition and conducting before becoming répétiteur aged 19 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin with Heinrich Hollreiser and working as Herbert von Karajan's assistant.

In 1997, he became Generalmusikdirektor of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, a post he held until 2004, during which time he conducted all ten of Wagner's stage works. He is regarded as the leading exponent of the Austro-German conducting tradition, in the manner of Furtwängler and Karajan Thielemann's tour with his orchestra, just after the end of his tenure as General Music Director, included the Viennese concert given here, recorded by Austrian radio, affording the present recording a particular documentary value. Here he is, live at the Musikverein on 28th November, 2004, in exemplary form as evinced by an enthusiatic reception from the Viennese public.

“The incandescent strings are on inspired form. Imperturbable in its crucial role, the reedy sounding oboe is quite magnificently played. The final work is the Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. This has a biting vitality as well as dramatic weight. Thielemann’s approach to rhythm and tempi reminded me of 1940s vintage Furtwängler… A true meeting of minds between orchestra and conductor.”” MusicWeb International, December 2013

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Liszt at the Opera

Liszt at the Opera


Liszt:

Tannhaüser Overture

O du, mein holder Abendstern - Rezitativ und Romanze aus Tannhäuser S444

Spinnerlied aus Der fliegende Holländer S440

Valse De L'opera Faust S407

Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera

Réminiscences de "Don Juan" (after Mozart), S. 418

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Transcribed by Louis Lortie


Louis Lortie (piano)

In this new release, the exclusive Chandos artist and award-winning pianist Louis Lortie continues his exploration of piano works by Franz Liszt. His previous Liszt releases have been critically acclaimed, Gramophone describing his performance of the complete Années de Pèlerinage as ‘spellbinding’. Here Lortie turns his hand to the composer’s opera transcriptions and paraphrases, works that revolutionised composition for the piano with their unheralded technical innovation. The original works by Liszt based on Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Gounod’s Faust not only demonstrate the dazzling technical possibilities of the piano but reveal the unique and fascinating musical imagination with which Liszt transformed some of the best-known music in the operatic repertoire. Completing the disc are several more or less straightforward transcriptions based on operas by Richard Wagner who, despite a rocky start to their relationship, forged a close musical bond with Liszt. Among them is the popular transcription of the ‘Liebestod’ from Tristan und Isolde. Liszt never completed a transcription of its natural musical companion, the Prelude to the opera, so here Louis Lortie has recorded his own arrangement of it.

“A dollop of old-fashioned showmanship is required to make these concoctions as alluring as the originals and Louis Lortie has it in spades.” Financial Times, 19th October 2013

“Lortie's technique is not in question...But this music requires more than dedicated technique. When Liszt is in glitter mode...Lortie's sparkling and swarthy playing is impressively glamorous. The problems come when a greater breadth and nobility is required...But then, Wagner's Liebestod is conveyed with an intensity missing elsewhere.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 ***

“as so often with Lortie, virtuosity is never an end in itself and he is often at his most subtly expressive when Liszt is at his most introverted and restrained. Had Liszt attempted a transcription of the Tristan Prelude, it would have been more ornate than Lortie's, but the latter is a beautiful piece of writing, played with intense sensuality.” The Guardian, 21st November 2013 ****

“some of the most dazzling and complex piano works of the 19th century. Louis Lortie, a fantastic Lisztian, performs them with confidence and clarity.” New York Times, 15th January 2014

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Wagner Transcriptions

Wagner Transcriptions


Wagner:

Gesegnet soll sie schreiten (from Lohengrin)

transc. Liszt

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Prelude (transc. Kocsis); lsoldes Liebestod (transc. Liszt)

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Festive March (transc. Liszt)


Excerpts from Wagner operas have, on countless occasions, been transcribed for piano. A fairly long list of transcribers could be made, starting with Joseph Rubinstein, the first transcriber of an extract from Parsifal, going on through Bülow to Brassin, then from Carl Tausig to August Stradal, to speak only of those who were pupils of Liszt. It is an established fact that Liszt, the greatest master of transcription and paraphrase, made very little use of Wagner’s works. In this highly-regarded recording, once more appearing on CD, the transcription honours are shared between Liszt and Kocsis.

“He graduates the ascent to the Prelude’s climax beautifully, however, while still leaving something in reserve for the climax of Liebestod. In the latter Kocsis demonstrates enviable control of the demisemiquaver tremolos and responds well to the rapid ebb and flow of the music’s emotions. … Kocsis’s performance [of the “Feierlicher Marsch” from Parsifal] is excellent. The digital recording is at once lifelike and unobtrusive.” Gramophone Magazine

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Sommernachtskonzert 2013 / Summer Night Concert 2013

Sommernachtskonzert 2013 / Summer Night Concert 2013


Strauss, J, II:

Wiener Blut Waltz, Op. 354

Traditional Encore of the Summer Night Concert

Verdi:

Gloria all'Egitto (from Aida)

La mia letizia infondere (from I Lombardi)

Michael Schade (tenor)

Otello: Dances

Luisa Miller Overture

La forza del destino Overture

Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Michael Schade (tenor)

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries


The Summer Night Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic is an annual open-air event that takes place in the park of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna with the palace as a magnificent backdrop.

Everyone is invited to come to this unique occasion – with free admission.

Each year up to 100,000 people take up the invitation. The concert is also broadcast on TV and radio in more than 60 countries, and thus reaches an audience of millions.

Classical music at the very highest level, but without barriers, accessible to everyone.

In 2013 Lorin Maazel will conduct the Summer Night Concert for the first time.

Swiss tenor Michael Schade joins the orchestra as guest-soloist.

With this year’s program the orchestra celebrates Wagner and Verdi in honor of their anniversaries.

Since 2008 the Vienna Philharmonic has provided an outstanding experience for the people of Vienna and guests to their city with this free concert in the park of Schönbrunn Palace. The palace and its Baroque park, which have UNESCO World Heritage status, are an extraordinary setting for this musical gift.

In the recent years the orchestra has been conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Franz Welser-Möst, Daniel Barenboim and Georges Prêtre.

Among the previous guest soloists: Yefim Bronfman and Benjamin Schmid.

This year the concert takes place on May 30.

For over five decades, Lorin Maazel has been one of the world’s most esteemed and sought-after conductors.

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Götterdämmerung

Götterdämmerung

Alfred Pringsheim's Transcriptions from Wagner's Most Famous Operas for Two Pianists


Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death

Tannhäuser: Venusberg Music (bacchanale)

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

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


Tal & Groethuysen Duo

As part of the Wagner 200th birth date celebrations, Israeli/German piano duo Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen release "Goetterdaemmerung - Transcriptions for two pianists from Wagner’ most famous operas" on Sony Classical.

“Arrangements by Debussy, Dukas and Reger [and Pringsheim]...have delicacy and colour in the hands of this superb duo.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 *****

“Behn truly shines when orchestral textures are massive and thick...Tal and Groethuysen achieve remarkable synchronicity in the way they interweave the vocal lines and elaborate multi-motif orchestral frameworks in perfect perspective” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

“The most impressive aspects of these transcriptions is Pringsheim's intuitive grasp of the potential of the two-piano medium and his avoidance of any amateurish over-writing...The intensity of focus and unflagging momentum Tal and Groethuysen bring to this complex score is impressive...a thoroughly enjoyable contribution to the Wagner bicentennial offerings.” International Record Review, May 2013

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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

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Birgit Nilsson sings Wagner

Birgit Nilsson sings Wagner


Wagner:

Schlafst du, Gast? Ich bin's! (from Die Walküre)

Helge Brilioth (Siegmund)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Leif Segerstam

Dies alles – hab’ ich nun geträumt? (from Parsifal)

Helge Brilioth (Parsifal), Norman Bailey (Amfortas)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Leif Segerstam

Gerechter Gott! (from Rienzi)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

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

The John Alldis Choir & London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

Weh mir, so nah (from Die Feen)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch

Wie lachend sie mir Lieder singen (from Tristan und Isolde)

Grace Hoffmann (Brangäne)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch


Birgit Nilsson (soprano)

Birgit Nilsson. Richard Wagner. It was an operatic marriage made in heaven that lasted for over twenty years and, thanks to recordings, continues to thrill music lovers around the world. She sang her first Wagnerian part in Stockholm. It was Senta in Der fliegende Holländer. It was greeted rapturously and throughout her long career it was for her Wagner and Strauss roles that she was most noted. Many of the greatest recordings of music dramas and operas by these composers have featured her, and many appear on Decca. However, she also made two Wagner records for Philips – one with Leif Segerstam in 1974 of extended scenes from Walküre and Parsifal, another, in 1972, with Colin Davis of the Wesendonck-Lieder and extracts from Der fliegende Holländer, Rienzi and the little-known early Wagner opera, Die Feen (The Fairies). Also included are scenes from Tristan und Isolde, one of her great calling cards and of which she made at least two live recordings, one studio recording with Georg Solti, and another of scenes (with Grace Hoffman as Brangäne) with Hans Knappertsbusch.

Nilsson’s voice had the clear, silvery sound that seems to be characteristic of Scandinavian singers. It was rock solid, encompassed over two octaves, and was perfectly even, top to bottom. It was also enormous. Especially in the upper part of the voice it could take on a laser-like quality that simply sliced through the densest orchestral sound and speared listeners to the backs of their seats. That meant the great moments of a Wagnerian opera were truly monumental – a surging orchestra and a soprano who dominated everything, combined into an overwhelming climax as Wagner must have heard in his dreams.

Here is a snapshot of some of those great moments, captured on record, and bringing together three complete LPs – two made for Philips (Segerstam, Davis) and one for Decca (Knappertsbusch).

“Her Kundry, in the most crucial scene of the opera, is lulling, sensuous, the menace more sinister because it is not revealed in any hardness of tone or phrasing … It is an immensely subtle performance, a proper reconciliation of great vocal gifts with an intelligent understanding of the most difficult moment of the most difficult of all operas. […] a showpiece for Miss Nilsson's great powers” Gramophone Magazine (Parsifal, Walküre)

“Even allowing for the fact that these were demonstration records when they first appeared, the sound on this CD is astonishing in its lifelike presence and its warmth. As nobody has surpassed Knappertsbusch to this day as a Wagner conductor in the inevitable sweep and grandeur of his direction […] What glorious singing Nilsson gives us; full throated in the great passage, “O blinde Augen!”, which she ends with an electrifying top B natural, producing another (no mere glancing at the note) on "lacht" just before her thrilling singing of the curse.” Gramophone Magazine (Tristan und Isolde)

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Wagner: Opera Overtures & Preludes

Wagner: Opera Overtures & Preludes

Recorded Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 16-17 September 1959 and April 1959 STEREO


Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Dance of the Apprentices

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Entry of the Masters

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act 3

Tannhäuser: Overture

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod


These stereo recordings date from sessions on 16 and 17 September 1959 for Pye. (The Tannhäuser Overture was recorded at an earlier session in April 1959). The Meistersinger Overture and Act 3 Suite was popular with Barbirolli, having recorded it for HMV in 1944 and other Wagner works he recorded included the Lohengrin Preludes (HMV 1946, now released on SJB1004), the Rienzi Overture (HMV 1944). A unique opportunity to hear an all-Wagner concert from Barbirolli comes in a ‘live’ broadcast with the New York Philharmonic in November 1938 which includes the Siegfried Idyll, which he never recorded commercially (Barbirolli Society SJB1035).

Whatever qualms Wagner himself might have had about performing extracts from his operas in the concert hall, he was, as a professional musician, able to suppress them. They brought in revenue, of course, but this was not the main consideration; more important was that his work should be known and understood. He therefore sanctioned, even encouraged, the performance of excerpts from his operas, either with vocalists or, as in the present recording, in purely orchestral form.

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Wagner: Overtures & Preludes

Wagner: Overtures & Preludes


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Berlioz:

Les Francs-juges Overture, Op. 3

Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act 3

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod


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Wagner - Orchestral Favourites from the operas

Wagner - Orchestral Favourites from the operas


Wagner:

Parsifal: Prelude

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Siegfried: Waldweben

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral March

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod


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