Wagner: Rienzi Overture

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Wagner: Overtures and Preludes

Wagner: Overtures and Preludes


Wagner:

Die Feen: Overture

Christoph Columbus: Overture

Rienzi Overture

Das Liebesverbot Overture

Faust Overture, WWV59

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act 3


On this disc we bring together some of the highlights from Neeme Järvi’s five-volume Wagner series with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. As an added bonus, we have included the Overture to Der fliegende Holländer, a piece not before released.

Among Wagner’s most revolutionary scores is the tragic-romantic opera Tristan und Isolde. The key themes of anticipation, longing, rapture, separation, hope, death, and transfiguration are suggested already in the famous Prelude to the opera, recorded here.

The Overture to Rienzi, Wagner’s third completed opera (1838 – 40), incorporates the melody of Rienzi’s prayer at the start of Act V, which since became the opera’s best-known aria, and ends with a dazzling military march. Die Feen was the composer’s first great romantic, although less well-known, opera. The overall style of the work, based on La donna serpente by Carlo Gozzi, owes its essentials to Beethoven, Marschner, and Weber.

Wagner based Das Liebesverbot on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. It is perhaps the most Mediterranean-sounding of his operas, something especially apparent in the brimming vitality of the Overture with its sparkling contributions of castanets, triangle, and tambourine. ‘Rollicking good fun’ wrote American Record Guide of this piece.

Also enriching the disc are the Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, the Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, and the seldom performed and recorded, Weber-inspired Overture which Wagner wrote in 1835 for the play Columbus by Theodor Apel. Eine Faust-Ouvertüre followed in 1840. Taking its inspiration from Goethe’s famous play, this work, together with Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, became the main example of nineteenth-century programme music.

“Jarvi’s interpretations are wonderfully supple.” Sunday Times, 1st September 2013

“an excellent programme in its own right, hard to better, even though, surprisingly, Jarvi in his long career has conducted little or no theatrical Wagner. He tends to favour measured tempos, but these are illuminated by the fine playing of the RNSO, gleaming richly in the spacious grandeur of SACD sound.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 ****

“ Järvi is a master of this repertoire and he continually conjures splendid playing from his Scottish orchestra.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

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Hans Knappertsbusch conducts Wagner

Hans Knappertsbusch conducts Wagner


Wagner:

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Parsifal: Transformation Scene

Komm, komm, holder Knabe! (from Parsifal)

Siegfried Idyll

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Rienzi Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act 3

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Siegfried: Waldweben

with Franz Lechleitner

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


‘It’s Wagner’s opera: let’s present him and not ourselves!’ This remark by Hans Knappertsbusch to Hans Hotter as the singer was about go on stage as Gurnemanz at Bayreuth in 1964 was characteristic of the conductor’s attitude. Singers’ egos, directors’ concepts and designers’ flights of fancy had no place in the Knappertsbusch vision of Wagner’s stage works. Indeed, after his second season at ‘New Bayreuth’, he told Wieland Wagner: ‘As soon as the spirit of Richard Wagner moves back into the Festspielhaus, I shall be the first to return’. And yet it would be hard to find a more flexible and spontaneous exponent of the conductor’s art than Hans Knappertsbusch, or ‘Kna’ as his friends and colleagues called him. No two of his performances were alike, which made him a difficult conductor to ‘capture’ in the clinical environment of the recording studio. He was notoriously averse to rehearsals, preferring to take inspiration from the moment when everything came together in the crucible of a live performance in the theatre or concert hall. Frequently the result was magnificent as this collection is testament to.

This collection brings together the bulk of his Wagner orchestral recordings for Decca (with the Wiener Philharmoniker), with scenes from Parsifal with members of the Wiener Staatsopernchor and the ‘Forest Murmurs’ from Siegfried with Franz Lechleitner in the title role – in all, more than two-and-a-half hours of music recorded for Decca between 1950 and 1959. Australian Wagner scholar Peter Bassett contributes the illuminating notes for this release.

Knappertsbusch died in October 1965 in Munich, following a fall at his home. In a long musical life, he explored the works of the great classical composers with intelligence and imagination; but, as he himself said, it was to Wagner’s music dramas that he devoted ‘his most and his deepest’.

“I must praise the mellow quality of the brass … and the lovely cantabile of the strings, and above all the way in which, without exaggeration, Knappertsbusch captures the mystical mood of the Prelude. […] The voices are placed in excellent perspective and Günther Treptow makes a good Parsifal.” Gramophone Magazine (Parsifal)

“He always allows Wagner’s music to unroll at its own natural pace, never forces or drives it. One hears details that one had never noticed in the score. And when it comes to a climax, then none can rival Knappertsbusch’s magnicently rich, resonant, clear, spacious recording, which has the incidental advantages of demonstrating superb orchestral playing and Wagner conducting as fine as one can hope to hear … Nothing seems to get lost in those massive climaxes” Gramophone Magazine (Tannhäuser, Fliegende Holländer, Walküre)

“…the Götterdämmerung excerpts are most beautifully played with an abundant degree of warmth and a moderate degree of savagery where these qualities are called for […] the beauty of sound … is incontestable” Gramophone Magazine

“the glorious playing of the Vienna Philharmonic” Gramophone Magazine (Tristan)

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Wagner: Favourite Overtures and Preludes

Wagner: Favourite Overtures and Preludes


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3


Alto - ALC1165

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Wagner: Orchestral Music

Wagner: Orchestral Music


Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

Rienzi Overture


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Ioan Holender Farewell Concert

Ioan Holender Farewell Concert

Gala from Vienna State Opera


Bellini:

Ah, non credea mirarti (from La Sonnambula)

Diana Damrau (soprano)

Donizetti:

Ah! tardai troppo...O luce di quest'anima (from Linda di Chamounix)

Stefania Bonfadelli (soprano)

Pour ce contrat fatal...Salut à la France (from La fille du régiment)

Natalie Dessay (soprano)

Giordano, U:

Amor ti vieta (from Fedora)

Ramon Vargas (tenor)

Gounod:

L'amour, l'amour... Ah, lève-toi soleil (from Roméo et Juliette)

Ramon Vargas (tenor)

Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre… Salut! Demeure chaste et pure (from Faust)

Piotr Beczala (tenor)

Hiller, W:

Holenderchen! Ich war dein Traumfresserchen (from Das Traumfresserchen)

Herwig Pecoraro (tenor)

Korngold:

Glück, das mir verbleib 'Marietta's Lied' (from Die Tote Stadt)

Angela Denoke (soprano), Stephen Gould (tenor)

Lehár:

So kommen Sie! ? Ich bin eine anstnd'ge Frau (from Die lustige Witwe)

Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo), Michael Schade (tenor)

Massenet:

Vision fugitive (from Hérodiade)

Boaz Daniel (baritone)

Werther! Werther!…Je vous écris de ma petite chambre (from Werther)

Roxana Constantinescu (mezzo)

Toute mon âme - Pourquoi me réveiller (from Werther)

Piotr Beczala (tenor)

Suis-je gentille ainsi? ... Je marche sur tous les chemins ... Obéissons quand leur voix appelle (from Manon)

Anna Netrebko (soprano)

Mozart:

Un'aura amorosa del nostro tesoro (from Così fan tutte)

Michael Schade (tenor)

Prenderò quel brunettino (from Così fan tutte)

Barbara Frittoli (soprano), Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo)

E Susanna non vien! … Dove sono i bei momenti (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Barbara Frittoli (soprano)

Offenbach:

Hélas! mon cœur s'égare encore! (from Les Contes d'Hoffmann)

Puccini:

Firenze è come un albero fiorito (from Gianni Schicchi)

Saimir Pirgu (tenor)

Se come voi piccina io fossi (from Le Villi)

Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano)

Strauss, R:

Wie schön ist doch die Musik (from Die schweigsame Frau)

Thomas Quasthoff (bass-baritone)

Nun will ich jubeln wie keiner gejubelt (from Die Frau ohne Schatten)

Adrianne Pieczonka, Deborah Polaski (sopranos), Johan Botha (tenor), Falk Struckmann (baritone)

Er ist der Richtige nicht für mich … Aber der Richtige, wenn's einen gibt für mich (from Arabella)

Adrianne Pieczonka, Genia Khmeier (sopranos)

Verdi:

Stride la vampa (from Il Trovatore)

Nadia Krasteva (mezzo)

In braccio alle dovizie (from I Vespri Siciliani)

Leo Nucci (baritone)

Va, pensiero (from Nabucco)

Elle ne m'aime pas! (from Don Carlos)

Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass)

Pace, pace mio Dio! (from La forza del destino)

Violeta Urmana (soprano)

Perfidi!…Pietà, rispetto, amore (from Macbeth)

Simon Keenlyside (baritone)

Tutto nel mondo è burla (from Falstaff)

Elisabeth Kulman, Krassimira Stoyanova, Ileana Tonca (sopranos), Nadia Krasteva (mezzo), Gergely Nmeti, Herwig Pecoraro, Michael Roider (tenors), Leo Nucci, Alfred Ramek, Boaz Daniel (baritones)

Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (from Die Walküre)

Placido Domingo (tenor)

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

Waltraud Meier (soprano)

O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe (from Tristan und Isolde)

Maria Schnitzer (soprano), Peter Seiffert (tenor)

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Johan Botha (tenor)

Über Stock und Stein (from Das Rheingold)

Elisabeth Kulman (soprano), Gergely Nmeti, Adrian Erd (tenors), Boaz Daniel (baritone)

Weber:

Und ob die Wolke sie verhülle (from Der Freischütz)

Soile Isokoski (soprano)


A star-studded benefit concert to celebrate Ioan Holender’s farewell after 19 years as the director of one of the world’s leading and most famous opera houses. The highly acclaimed cast was headed by brilliant singers such as Diana Damrau, Natalie Dessay, Angelika Kirchschlager, Waltraud Meier, Anna Netrebko, Pjotr Beczala, Plácido Domingo, Thomas Hampson, Leo Nucci, Thomas Quasthoff, Ramon Vargas and many others. No fewer than twelve conductors including Marco Armiliato, Bertrand de Billy, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano and Franz Welser-Möst led the way through a program lasting over four hours at the fully-packed Wiener Staastoper.

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese

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Wagner: Orchestral Favourites

Wagner: Orchestral Favourites


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

Tannhäuser: Overture

Tannhäuser: Venusberg Music (bacchanale)

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Siegfried Idyll

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Da zu dir der Heiland kam (from Die Meistersinger)

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March


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Wagner: Overtures & Preludes

Wagner: Overtures & Preludes


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

Faust Overture, WWV59

Die Feen: Overture

Kinderkatechismus

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Symphony in C major

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3


A stunning Wagner collection including all the major overtures and preludes (including the very rare and very beautiful Die Feen [The Fairies]), this collection is noteworthy for other reasons. For a start, it brings together in a single collection the complete Decca Wagner recordings of Zubin Mehta and the complete Philips Wagner recordings of Edo de Waart. It also features two rarities - Wagner's early Symphony (with the San Francisco Symphony and Edo de Waart) and a tiny choral piece - Kinderkatechismus - an absolute Decca rarity and much sought-after by collectors.

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Wagner: Orchestral Highlights

Wagner: Orchestral Highlights


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Siegfried Idyll

Tannhäuser: Overture

Tannhäuser: Prelude to Act 3

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Dance of the Apprentices

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Entry of the Masters

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Siegfried: Waldweben

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral March

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod


Several of the recordings on this disc date from 1960, when Otto Klemperer celebrated his 75th birthday and Wieland Wagner, the composer’s grandson, saluted the conductor as “a unique artistic phenomenon”. Klemperer’s mastery of Wagner’s music was rooted in the early years of his career: by the age of 30 he had conducted performances of Lohengrin, Der fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Parsifal and Tristan und Isolde.

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Gala Night at the Opera

Gala Night at the Opera


Borodin:

Ni sna, ni otdikha izmuchennoi dushe (from Prince Igor)

Gounod:

Vous qui faîtes l'endormie (from Faust)

Mozart:

Non piu andrai, farfallone amoroso (from Le Nozze di Figaro)

Puccini:

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Verdi:

Ciel, mio padre! (from Aida)

Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

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


This absolutely unique CD is a major contribution to the vast and wide-ranging discography of the late Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) in that it shows him in the rare guise of an operatic conductor. This recording comes from a complete concert he gave in Philadelphia in 1962, of major operatic excerpts sung by two of the greatest singers of the day - the magnificent Wagnerian soprano Birgit Nilsson and the wonderful American tenor George London.

Recorded in stereo, with the original announcements as broadcast, this exceptional disc is sure to gain the widest possible interest.

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Wagner: Preludes and Interludes

Wagner: Preludes and Interludes


Wagner:

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral March

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Tannhäuser: Overture

Rienzi Overture

Das Liebesverbot Overture

Die Feen: Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1


The overtures and preludes by Richard Wagner not only are masterly composed openings to his dramatic works – as independent pieces they are also among the most popular compositions of the 19th century. For the first studio record of the new label Philharmonia Records general music director of the Opernhaus Zürich and the Philharmonia Zürich Fabio Luisi made his personal selection: it leads from the early overtures to Die Feen and Das Liebesverbot, in which Wagner still was oriented towards paragons such as Berlioz or Meyerbeer, through masterpieces as the preludes to Lohengrin and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the famous «Walkürenritt» up to the mystically transfigured prelude from Parsifal. The record offers a cross section through Richard Wagner’s orchestral work and presents one of the most distinguished European opera orchestras – the Philharmonia Zürich.

Accentus Music - philharmonia • rec - CDPHR0102

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