Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

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A Tribute to Hans Knappertsbusch

A Tribute to Hans Knappertsbusch

Live recording from the Theater an der Wien, Wiener Festwochen, 1962 & 1963


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)

Wagner:

Die Walküre: Act 1

Claire Watson (Sieglinde), Fritz Uhl (Siegmund) & Josef Greindl (Hunding)

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Birgit Nilsson (Isolde)


The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Hans Knappertsbusch worked together for the first time at the Salzburg Festival in 1929. Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, De Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain and a Dance Suite by the composer Franckenstein formed the first half of the programme while Beethoven’s Eroica took up the second half. Although the orchestra and the conductor had never met before, Knappertsbusch rehearsed only the first part of the programme. He refused to rehearse Beethoven’s Eroica, saying, “You know the work, I know the score”. The violinist Otto Strasser remembers, “He radiated such confidence on the evening of the concert that a rehearsal had indeed not been necessary”…

This incident was characteristic for the relationship between the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Hans Knappertsbusch, which lasted for 35 years, giving 210 concerts and playing for innumerable performances at the Vienna State Opera. Although Knappertsbusch was born near Wuppertal in Westphalia in 1888, the conductor felt particularly at home in Vienna. When the National Socialists removed the somewhat defiant Musical Director of the Munich State Opera from his post in 1936 in the middle of a performance and forbade him to conduct any further performances or concerts, Knappertsbusch took up a position as conductor at the Vienna State Opera, where Bruno Walter was Artistic Director at the time. As a result he had a particularly close relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which remained unchanged till the end of the war. After the Second World War Vienna continued to be the centre of his conducting activity - together with Munich and Bayreuth - and until shortly before his death in Munich in 1965, Knappertsbusch’s concerts were the annual highlights of the season not only for the orchestra but also for his many fans.

Sound Formats: PCM Mono

Picture Format: 4:3

Original Language: DE

Subtitles: GB, FR, DE, ES, IT

DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: 152 mins

FSK: 0

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Arthaus Musik - 109212

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A Tribute to Hans Knappertsbusch

A Tribute to Hans Knappertsbusch

Live recording from the Theater an der Wien, Wiener Festwochen, 1962 & 1963


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)

Wagner:

Die Walküre: Act 1

Claire Watson (Sieglinde), Fritz Uhl (Siegmund) & Josef Greindl (Hunding)

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Birgit Nilsson (Isolde)


The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Hans Knappertsbusch worked together for the first time at the Salzburg Festival in 1929. Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, De Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain and a Dance Suite by the composer Franckenstein formed the first half of the programme while Beethoven’s Eroica took up the second half. Although the orchestra and the conductor had never met before, Knappertsbusch rehearsed only the first part of the programme. He refused to rehearse Beethoven’s Eroica, saying, “You know the work, I know the score”. The violinist Otto Strasser remembers, “He radiated such confidence on the evening of the concert that a rehearsal had indeed not been necessary”…

This incident was characteristic for the relationship between the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Hans Knappertsbusch, which lasted for 35 years, giving 210 concerts and playing for innumerable performances at the Vienna State Opera. Although Knappertsbusch was born near Wuppertal in Westphalia in 1888, the conductor felt particularly at home in Vienna. When the National Socialists removed the somewhat defiant Musical Director of the Munich State Opera from his post in 1936 in the middle of a performance and forbade him to conduct any further performances or concerts, Knappertsbusch took up a position as conductor at the Vienna State Opera, where Bruno Walter was Artistic Director at the time. As a result he had a particularly close relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which remained unchanged till the end of the war. After the Second World War Vienna continued to be the centre of his conducting activity - together with Munich and Bayreuth - and until shortly before his death in Munich in 1965, Knappertsbusch’s concerts were the annual highlights of the season not only for the orchestra but also for his many fans.

Sound Formats: PCM Mono

Picture Format: 4:3

Original Language: DE

Subtitles: GB, FR, DE, ES, IT

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running Time: 152 mins

FSK: 0

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Arthaus Musik - 109213

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Pierre Monteux conducts Wagner

Pierre Monteux conducts Wagner


Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture

Siegfried Idyll

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral March

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


“although the master of Russian and French ballet was a rare and reluctant opera conductor, his love for German music reveals…a stream of prepared and calculated insights to refresh curious Wagnerites…the sound does credit to Monteux's work with the orchestra whose assistant chief he once was. Together with much else of his retrospectively released concert Wagner, this new set deserves serious attention” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

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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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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.

Sony - 88883712052

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Maazel conducts Wagner

Maazel conducts Wagner


Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Lohengrin: Act 1

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Waltraud Meier (mezzo)


RCA - 09026631432

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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.

“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

“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

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

Sony - 88765441592

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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.

Barbirolli Society - SJB1052

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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


Alto - ALC1065

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