Wagner: Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries (Ritt der Walküren, Walkürenritt)

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Wagner: Symphonic Excerpts from The Ring

Wagner: Symphonic Excerpts from The Ring


Wagner:

Das Rheingold: Prelude

Das Rheingold: Zwischenspiel

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Die Walkure: Magic Fire Music

Siegfried: Waldweben

published by W. Hutschenruyter

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

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral March

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

Nina Stemme (soprano)


In June 2013 the Paris Opéra, under its music director Philippe Jordan, marked Wagner’s bicentenary with Der Ring des Nibelungen. It was the first time in more than 60 years that the company had performed the complete cycle under festival conditions. This programme of excerpts from The Ring, with Jordan conducting the Orchestra of the Paris Opéra, is rounded off with Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene, sung by today’s leading Wagnerian dramatic soprano, Nina Stemme.

The Paris Opéra started building up to the 2013 Wagner bicentenary in 2010, when it launched a new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, directed by Günter Krämer and conducted by the company’s music director, Philippe Jordan. The entire cycle of four music dramas was presented over 2010-2011, but in June 2013 – for the first time in more than 60 years – the Paris Opéra staged the Ring under festival conditions over a concentrated period.

Erato is marking the Wagner bicentenary with a spectacular programme of excerpts from the Ring. Philippe Jordan conducts the Orchestra of the Paris Opéra in instrumental music from all four music dramas in the cycle, including, of course, the thrilling Ride of the Valkyries and the magisterial Death of Siegfried; the programme reaches a worthy climax with the final scene of the entire work, Brünnhilde’s Immolation from Götterdämmerung, sung by the world’s reigning dramatic soprano, Nina Stemme.

When she sang the entire cycle in San Francisco in 2011, the New York Times wrote of her Immolation scene: “Ms Stemme took her singing to higher levels of burnished brilliance and expressive depth ... she was committed to the moment in every phrase she sang ...”. The Associated Press, meanwhile, felt that she “invited comparison with great past exponents of the role ... Stemme is a true dramatic soprano with a voice that is smooth and evenly produced throughout its wide range.”

Philippe Jordan, who made his debut (with Parsifal) at the Bayreuth Festival in 2012, spoke about his experience of conducting the Ring in an interview on the Paris Opéra’s website.

“It seems to me that if there is one work on which our views can evolve, then it is the Ring. When I look back on the very first cycle I conducted in Zurich, I have the impression that it was another opera. When you approach the Ring for the first time, you try to serve each work separately ... But that leads to an inevitable question when, having already circumnavigated the Ring, you once again face the prologue [to Das Rheingold]... Should one look to rediscover the purity and innocence of Das Rheingold, or, having made one’s way through the three other dramas, is it better to look for a unity in the cycle and bring out the sound of Götterdämmerung that is already there in the prologue?”

“the results are predictably front-rank. Jordan is one of our finest Wagner conductors today - he knows how it goes, how fast it should go and how to balance it...And Stemme...is in superb voice, steely and passionate by turns.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2014

Erato - 9341422

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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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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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Sommernachtskonzert 2013 / Summer Night Concert 2013

Sommernachtskonzert 2013 / Summer Night Concert 2013

Schönbrunn Palace


Strauss, J, II:

Wiener Blut Waltz, Op. 354

Eljen a Magyar Schnell-Polka, Op. 332

Verdi:

Gloria all'Egitto (from Aida)

La mia letizia infondere (from I Lombardi)

Michael Schade (tenor)

Otello: Ballet Music

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.

In 2013 Lorin Maazel conducted 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. For over five decades, Lorin Maazel has been one of the world’s most esteemed and sought-after conductors.

This year the concert took place on May 30th.

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Sony - 88883712149

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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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$16.50

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Wagner: Piano Transcriptions for Four Hands

Wagner: Piano Transcriptions for Four Hands


Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

arr. Tausig

Le Guitarrero: Overture, WWV 62D (nach Halévy)

Grande fantasie sur la Romanesca for piano for four hands, WWV 62C (nach Henri Herz, Op. 111)

Faust Overture, WWV59

arr. von Bulow

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

arr. Humperdinck

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

arr. Tausig

Tannhäuser: Overture

arr. Wagner


Duo Tal & Groethuysen

Sony Tal-Groethuysen Duo - 88883711222

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Wagner in Switzerland

Wagner in Switzerland

Scenes & Orchestral Pieces from The Flying Dutchman and The Ring Of The Nibelung


Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Die Frist ist um (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Egils Silins (baritone)

Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge (from Das Rheingold)

Egils Silins (baritone)

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind! (from Die Walküre)

Egils Silins (baritone)


Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Wagner in 2013, David Zinman conducts the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich performing Scenes and Orchestral Pieces from “The Flying Dutchman” and “The Ring of the Nibelung”.

David Zinman is one of the world’s finest, most respected conductors, whose passion for music, dedication to furthering careers of young musicians and as an orchestral builder makes ‘music a better world’.

This CD features famous international Wagner baritone Egils Silins who can be heard as “Dutchman” and as “Wotan”.

Zinman has extended his contract with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich until 2014, where, since 1995 as conductor and music director, he has raised the standard of the orchestra to an international level.

Zinman’s previous recordings on Sony have been received with superb critical acclaim.

In January 2006, David Zinman, received the prestigious Theodore Thomas Award, presented by the Conductors Guild in New York’s Roosevelt Hotel. The award is presented biannually to a conductor, in recognition of outstanding achievement and extraordinary service to one’s colleagues in advancing the art and science of conducting, reflecting honour on the profession.

“It's superbly done. Zinman's speeds are on the relaxed side, but there's wonderful transparency in the playing, far removed from the thick textures favoured by some interpreters. A thrilling account of Siegfried's Rhine Journey is the high point.” The Guardian, 4th July 2013 ****

“the poetic grandeur David Zinman brings to his acclaimed Mahler is equally evident here, with tempos slow enough to please Klemperer.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 ****

“[Silins] has a powerful voice that has a colour and tone that are absolutely right for Wagner...[he] sings Wotan's Farewell from Die Walkure with great presence and steely resolve where it's called for, but he is not afraid to produce real tenderness in places.” International Record Review, September 2013

“all Zinman's success in the German repertoire from Beethoven to Strauss breeds period-conscious, exciting Wagner from him and his players, never over-bloated to a later-in-the-century sound.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

RCA - 88725479412

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Opera 2013

Opera 2013


Beethoven:

Mir ist so wunderbar (Quartet) (Fidelio)

Bellini:

Casta Diva (from Norma)

Britten:

How Beautiful It Is (from The Turn of the Screw)

On the ground, sleep sound (from A Midsummer Night's Dream)

Look! Through the port comes the moonshine astray (from Billy Budd)

Handel:

Mi lusinga il dolce affetto (from Alcina)

Piangerò la sorte mia (from Giulio Cesare)

Mozart:

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (from Die Zauberflöte)

O zittre nicht (from Die Zauberflöte)

Soave sia il vento (from Così fan tutte)

Poulenc:

Salve Regina (from Dialogues des Carmélites)

Puccini:

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (from La Rondine)

Rossini:

Una voce poco fa (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Strauss, R:

Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Verdi:

Va, pensiero (from Nabucco)

Io l'ho perduta (from Don Carlos)

Mercè, dilette amiche 'Bolero' (from I Vespri Siciliani)

Wagner:

Johohoe! Traft ihr das Schiff im Meere an 'Senta's Ballad' (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

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

Artists include Natalie Dessay, Maria Callas, Diana Damrau, Janet Baker, Joyce DiDonato, Philippe Jaroussky and Roberto Alagna


A glittering selection of operatic highlights and arias, featuring great composers and artists who are all celebrating significant anniversaries in 2013.

Opera Sale - up to 50% off

Virgin - 7396852

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Wagner: Overtures and Orchestral Music

Wagner: Overtures and Orchestral Music


Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Tannhäuser: Overture

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3

Rienzi Overture


Wagner's opera preludes are actually stage works in orchestral clothing, anticipating as they do all the emotions and dramas of the entire opera. With his illustrative interpretation, Mariss Jansons recognised this dimension, and produced one of the best recordings of his Oslo period.

EMI Red Line - 6023002

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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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