Wagner: Rienzi Overture

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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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Christian Thielemann: My Wagner Album

Christian Thielemann: My Wagner Album


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Wiener Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann

Was duftet doch der Flieder (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

Paul Schöffler (Sachs)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch

Tannhäuser: Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwängler

Tristan! Isolde! Geliebter! (from Tristan und Isolde)

Margaret Price (Isolde), René Kollo (Tristan)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Carlos Kleiber

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

Margaret Price (Isolde), René Kollo (Tristan)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Carlos Kleiber

Einsam wachend...Habet acht! (from Tristan und Isolde)

Brigitte Fassbaender (Brangaene)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Carlos Kleiber

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Bühnenorchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Christian Thielemann

Ja, wehe! Wehe! Weh über mich! (from Parsifal)

Thomas Stewart (Amfortas)

Orchester und Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Nur eine Waffe taugt (from Parsifal)

James King (Parsifal)

Orchester und Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Höchsten Heiles Wunder! Erlösung dem Erlöser! (from Parsifal)

Orchester und Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Zur Burg führt die Brücke (from Das Rheingold)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge (from Das Rheingold)

Edda Moser, Helen Donath, Josephine Veasey, Anna Reynolds, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Donald Grobe, Gerhard Stolze

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater (from Die Walküre)

Jon Vickers (Siegmund)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

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

Leb wohl...Loge, hör! 'Wotan's Farewell & Magic Fire Music' (from Die Walküre)

Thomas Stewart (Wotan)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Nothung! Nothung! Neidliches Schwert! (from Siegfried)

Jess Thomas (Siegfried), Gerhard Stolze (Mime)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Heil dir, Sonne! (from Siegfried)

Helga Dernesch (Brunnhilde), Jess Thomas (Siegfried)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death & Funeral March

Helge Brilioth (Siegfried)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan


On My Wagner Album, Christian Thielemann – a passionate Wagnerite and celebrated Wagner conductor – has brought together some of his favourite recordings, from the masters of the past and present: Furtwängler, Knappertsbusch, Karajan, Kleiber and Boulez; he also offers two of his own Wagner recordings.

The CD booklet includes a new article by Christine Lemke-Matwey, with whom he recently co-wrote Mein Leben mit Wagner (My Life with Wagner).

DG - 4791275

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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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Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at Lucerne Festival, 4th September 2011

Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at Lucerne Festival, 4th September 2011


Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65

Strauss, R:

Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils

Wagner:

Rienzi Overture


Andris Nelsons is one of the most sought-after young conductors on the international scene today and once again served notice of his extraordinary talent in Summer 2011 when he conducted two concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam at the prestigious Lucerne Festival.

In this concert (available on DVD and Blu-ray) orchestra and conductor demonstrate their brilliance in some of the most spectacular orchestral works ever written.

Total: 100 minutes

Andris Nelsons is one of the most sought-after young conductors on the international scene today and once again served notice of his extraordinary talent in Summer 2011 when he conducted two concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam at the prestigious Lucerne Festival.

In this concert (available on DVD and Blu-ray) orchestra and conductor demonstrate their brilliance in some of the most spectacular orchestral works ever written.

Total: 100 minutes

BD: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM Stereo

Picture 16:9, HD

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C Major - 710004

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Wagner Transcriptions Volume 5: Orchestral Works

Wagner Transcriptions Volume 5: Orchestral Works


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Kaisermarsch, WWV104

Huldigungsmarsch, WWV 97

Symphony in C major

Symphony in E


Our series of works by Richard Wagner, performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Neeme Järvi, continues with a disc of early symphonies, later marches, and an overture.

Early on in his career, Wagner composed two symphonies, both of which are included on this disc. The Symphony in C, which he wrote when he was just nineteen years old, is heavily influenced by Beethoven in its character, mood, and instrumentation. Written two years later, in 1834, the Symphony in E was left unfinished, Wagner completing only the first movement and thirty bars of the second. The completed version recorded here was prepared by the conductor Felix Mottl more than fifty years later at the request of Wagner’s widow, Cosima.

The two marches on this disc are the composer’s most obvious contributions to the genre of pomp and circumstance. The Huldigungsmarsch was written in 1864 for King Ludwig II of Bavaria. The march-like rhythms and brassy colours complement sections in which the strings provide a continuously flowing movement, all leading to a jubilant conclusion. The Kaisermarsch (1871) was a commission from the publishing firm Peters, who requested from Wagner a heroic morale booster at a time when the German countries were at war with France. Having initially composed it for military band, Wagner soon rewrote it for symphony orchestra, the version recorded on this disc.

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 became the opera’s best-known aria, and ends with a dazzling military march. The Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin (1845 – 47) has the energy, fervour, and brassy sounds of the Overture to Der fliegende Holländer, and displays Wagner’s lasting fascination with creating drama by symphonic means.

“If he had written nothing more, Wagner's Symphony in C would still have prefigured his extraordinary genius - but not its direction...It's still a pleasure, though, fresh and vigorous; Neeme Jarvi's fairly brisk reading, beautifully played by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, amply explains why Clara Schumann warned Robert he had a new rival.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 *****

“Jarvi gives a spirited if undemonstrative account of this veritable warhorse [the Rienzi overture], elsewhere securing an animated response from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra that serves the music admirably...Pleasureable and thought-provoking listening guaranteed.” International Record Review, May 2012

“Jarvi and the RNSO don't skimp on the music's surging bombast and the Chandos sound has abundant character character: great depth of perspective and no loss of clarity.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

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Chandos Neeme Järvi Wagner Transcriptions - CHSA5097

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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

EMI Masters - 6782992

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Wagner: Favourite Overtures and Preludes

Wagner: Favourite Overtures and Preludes


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture

Lohengrin: Preludes to Acts 1 & 3

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries


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

Wagner - Overtures


Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture

Tannhäuser: Venusberg Music (bacchanale)

Siegfried Idyll


Recorded at the Sofiensaal, Vienna, October 1961 & November 1965

Decca - Originals - 4758502

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