This page lists all recordings of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Dance of the Apprentices (Tanz der Lehrbuben), by Richard Wagner (1813-83) on CD, SACD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.
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Wagner: Orchestral Highlights
“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
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Wagner: Opera Overtures & Preludes
Recorded Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 16-17 September 1959 and April 1959 STEREO
These stereo recordings date from sessions on 16 and 17 September 1959 for Pye. (The Tannhäuser Overture was recorded at an earlier session in April 1959). The Meistersinger Overture and Act 3 Suite was popular with Barbirolli, having recorded it for HMV in 1944 and other Wagner works he recorded included the Lohengrin Preludes (HMV 1946, now released on SJB1004), the Rienzi Overture (HMV 1944). A unique opportunity to hear an all-Wagner concert from Barbirolli comes in a ‘live’ broadcast with the New York Philharmonic in November 1938 which includes the Siegfried Idyll, which he never recorded commercially (Barbirolli Society SJB1035).
Whatever qualms Wagner himself might have had about performing extracts from his operas in the concert hall, he was, as a professional musician, able to suppress them. They brought in revenue, of course, but this was not the main consideration; more important was that his work should be known and understood. He therefore sanctioned, even encouraged, the performance of excerpts from his operas, either with vocalists or, as in the present recording, in purely orchestral form.
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Wagner: Orchestral Music
Not until 1949 did Wilhelm Furtwängler invest in the Germanic interpretation tradition initiated by Wagner himself and continued by Hans von Bülow and Arthur Nikisch. His 'subjective' style of interpretation, deeply influenced by the theories of Jewish Viennese musicologist Heinrich Schenker was diametrically opposed to the more 'objective' Arturo Toscanini.
Yet here we have the stunning lyricism contained in these grandiose pages that create the magic of the Wagnerian epic, illustrated by the incomparable Vienna Philharmonic in all its splendour.
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Wagner: Orchestral Excerpts Volume 3
Themes of love and passion dominate these orchestral excerpts from Wagner’s music dramas. The legend of Tannhäuser contrasts the sensual allure of Venus with the ideals of courtly love and religious devotion. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg pits an inspired but rash young singer against the traditions of the old masters in a song competition, with a beautiful girl as the prize. Tristan und Isolde, based on one of the world’s great love stories, is considered Wagner’s most revolutionary work, seamlessly blending themes of love and death into a shattering apotheosis. Gerard Schwarz’s other selections of Wagner excerpts can be found on 8572767 and 8572768.
“Marc is an excellent singer, thankfully free of the gusty tone production which afflicts too many Wagnerian sopranos today. She sings with expressiveness, delicacy and a real feeling for the text” MusicWeb International, October 2012
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Hans Knappertsbusch: Early Recordings 1928-1941
Mazeppa, symphonic poem No. 6, S100
Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97
German Dances (6), K509
German Dances (6), K600
Nicolai, C O:
Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor overture
Guillaume Tell Overture
Strauss, J, II:
Accelerationen, Op. 234
Die Fledermaus Overture
Freut euch des Lebens Waltz, Op. 340
Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325
Der fliegende Holländer: Overture
Freudig begrussen wir 'Entrance of the Guests' (from Tannhauser)
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act 3
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Dance of the Apprentices
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries
Parsifal: Transformation Scene
Barbirolli in New York
Recording of a concert in Carnegie Hall, New York on 20 November 1938
Although John Barbirolli made several commercial recordings during his seven years as conductor of the Philharmonic- Symphony Orchestra of New York (as the New York Philharmonic was then formally known), the Barbirolli Society offers us a unique oportunity with this issue of an off-the-air recording of a Wagner concert, performed in Carnegie Hall in November 1938. It comes as a valuable reminder of an important period of his career, one moreover which has come to be regarded, superficially and misleadingly, as a failure. The orchestra was immediately won over by Barbirolli’s personality and remained devoted to him. If these tough players – once known as ‘Murder Incorporated’ – had not liked him and respected his musicianship, it would have been impossible for the manager Arthur Judson, within five days of JB’s first concert, to have begun to mention a permanent appointment. On 7 December 1936, after five weeks’ work with the orchestra, the board offered him a three-year contract and this was renewed in 1940 for a further two years, by which time the war was a complicating factor. JB himself was overwhelmed and wrote to his future wife Evelyn Rothwell on 11 December 1936: ‘The orchestra played tonight as something I have dreamed of. . . The emotion of the orchestra at my appointment is something too touching for words. I can’t believe I am worthy of all this.’ The orchestra’s first horn player spoke of ‘the joy’ of making music with Barbirolli.
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Great Conductors - Furtwängler
Commercial Recordings 1940-1950 Volume 4
“The conductor’s magisterial presence is almost tangible.” Sunday Telegraph
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