Wagner: Rienzi Overture

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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.

Warner Classics Original Jacket Reissues - 2564607590

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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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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


Sony Classical Masters - 88697724932

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Wagner - Overtures & Preludes

Wagner - Overtures & Preludes


Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

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

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3

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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DG 2CD - E4775445

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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.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4428283

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Wagner: Ouvertüren

Wagner: Ouvertüren


Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture

Rienzi Overture

Lohengrin: Preludes to Acts 1 & 3

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture


Staatskapelle Dresden, Hiroshi Wakasugi

70 Years of Berlin Classics - Wagner’s miraculous harp

Fired with enthusiasm, the twenty-year-old Richard Wagner embarked on the composition of his opera Die Feen (the fairies), based on a play by Carlo Gozzi, and completed it as early as 1834. No-one wanted it, though. He did at least manage to premiere Das Liebesverbot (the ban on love), an excellently conceived comic opera based on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, at the Magdeburg Municipal Theatre on March 29, 1836.

However, the second performance had to be cancelled after a fist fight broke out backstage before the curtain had even risen. Incidentally, this scuffle had been triggered by a private conflict among the cast and certainly had nothing to do with the quality of the new opera! Fortunately, no major loss was incurred as only three people had turned up to watch this performance. Anyone less enterprising might well have given up, but Wagner knew that by playing his cards right he would eventually become a reputable composer of opera.

Hiroshi Wakasugi was a true explorer who transcended musical worlds: born in New York, he studied in Tokyo and after graduating was engaged at the famous NHK Symphony Orchestra. He made guest appearances with the Dresden Staatskapelle from 1982 until 1991. It was during this particularly happy period of his life that the recordings presented here were made. Back then the critics commented that the Staatskapelle’s powerful brass in the Tannhäuser overture made a brilliant sound last heard under Fritz Busch back in 1932. Richard Wagner’s self-appointed “Wunderharfe” (miraculous harp) at its best. Wagner’s Overtures & Preludes to “The Flying Dutchman”, “Tannhäuser”, “Rienzi” & “Lohengrin” (Act 1 & 3).

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Berlin Classics Established 1947 - 0300923BC

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Hans Rosbaud conducts Wagner Overtures

Hans Rosbaud conducts Wagner Overtures


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act 3

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1


SWF-Sinfonieorchester, Hans Rosbaud

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Wagner: Overtures

Wagner: Overtures


Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture

Rienzi Overture

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3


Staatskapelle Dresden, Hiroshi Wakasugi

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Berlin Classics - 885470009544

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Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 35

Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 35


Liszt:

Orpheus, symphonic poem No. 4, S98

Schumann:

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Sinopoli:

Hommage à Constanzo Porta (2)

Tombeau d'Armor III for cello and orchestra

Lou Salomé: symphonic fragments

Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Weber:

Oberon Overture


Tombeau d'Armor III conducted by Sylvain Cambreling, Symphonic Fragment from ‘Lou Salomé’ conducted by Peter Ruzicka; all other works conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli.

“Instantly recognisable from the horn solos of the Oberon Overture, as softly piercing as dawn light, or the trumpet-call to launch Rienzi, the Staatskapelle is the hero of the set, not excluding the glinting, Bergian textures of the conductor’s own music…the set [deserves] its place at the end as a fully representative, lavishly documented tribute to Sinopoli’s gifts as both a creative and executive musician” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

“This fascinating Profil set honours the talents of the much admired Giuseppe Sinopoli who sadly died before his time.” MusicWeb International, 15th November 2016

Profil Medien Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - PH07053

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