Wagner: Rienzi Overture

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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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Guild Historical - GHCD2410

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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

Orfeo - C879132i

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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)

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4807093

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Maazel conducts Wagner

Maazel conducts Wagner

Siegfried Idyll, Preludes & Overtures


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3

Faust Overture, WWV59

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Siegfried Idyll

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey


RCA - 74321687172

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Wagner: Orchestral Highlights

Wagner: Orchestral Highlights


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture

Tannhäuser: Prelude to Act 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

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3


“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

EMI Masters - 6782992

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Wagner: Overtures

Wagner: Overtures


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Das Liebesverbot Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Parsifal: Good Friday Music


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DG - 4491652

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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


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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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Fabulous Marches For Orchestra

Fabulous Marches For Orchestra


Beethoven:

The Ruins of Athens: Turkish March

Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra

Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian March

Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra

Grieg:

Homage March from Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 56 No. 3

Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra

Schubert:

Marche Militaire, D733 No. 1

Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra

Sibelius:

Karelia Suite, Op. 11: Alla marcia

Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Grand March

Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra

Rienzi Overture

Eastman Wind Ensemble

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

Eastman Wind Ensemble

Walton:

Orb and Sceptre

Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra


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Mercury Living Presence - 4343942

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