Essential Wagner

Essential Wagner

     
 

Essential Wagner is a double-disc compilation of excerpts from the music dramas of Richard Wagner, selected from EMI's substantial backlist and featuring many artists from the label's roster from the 1960s to the 2000s. This package represents many of the best-known selections, but it is by no means exhaustive or even broad enough for the beginner, for severalSee more details below

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Essential Wagner is a double-disc compilation of excerpts from the music dramas of Richard Wagner, selected from EMI's substantial backlist and featuring many artists from the label's roster from the 1960s to the 2000s. This package represents many of the best-known selections, but it is by no means exhaustive or even broad enough for the beginner, for several missing pieces come to mind: the "Venusberg Music" and the "Entry of the Guests" from "Tannhäuser," the Prelude to Act III and the "Dance of the Apprentices" from "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg," the Prelude to "Das Rheingold," "Magic Fire Music" from "Die Walküre," "Forest Murmurs" from "Siegfried," "Siegfried's Rhine Journey" from " Götterdämmerung," and the "Transformation Scene" and "Good Friday Music" from "Parsifal." These all deserved inclusion, but were left out because there are too many possibilities to fit on only two CDs. That might seem a minor point to raise over an essentials album, for surely the pieces included here are among the most significant, and the performances are far from mediocre. Even so, dabbling in Wagner's music might not be the best way to get to know the composer. Certainly any greatest-hits package can introduce newcomers to Wagner's works, and this one surely whets one's appetite. But it's unwise to suggest that his vast output can be reduced to essentials, for the purchase of this incomplete sampler will necessitate getting several others just to cover all the concert extracts. Listeners should not stop at this collection, but should move on to explore complete works. Perhaps more than other composers, Wagner demands a serious commitment to his concepts and philosophy of music, and anthologies can never replace the full experience of his expansive music dramas.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2012
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099997339922
catalogNumber:
73399
Rank:
123586

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63: Overture

    • Richard Wagner
    • Adrian Boult
    • London Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. Overture  (10:57)
  2. Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63: Act 2. Summ' und brumm', du gutes Rädchen (Spinnin

    • Richard Wagner
    • Bavarian State Opera Chorus
    • Bavarian State Orchestra, Munich
    • Robert Heger
    1. Act 2. Summ' und brumm', du gutes Rädchen (Spinning Chorus)  (03:09)
  3. Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63: Act 1. Johohoe!... Traft ihr das Schiff (Senta's B

    • Richard Wagner
    • Leopold Ludwig
    • Birgit Nilsson
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. Act 1. Johohoe!... Traft ihr das Schiff (Senta's Ballad)  (08:35)
  4. Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63: Act 3. Steuermann, laß die Wacht (Sailor's Chorus)

    • Richard Wagner
    • Bavarian State Opera Chorus
    • Bavarian State Orchestra, Munich
    • Robert Heger
    1. Act 3. Steuermann, laß die Wacht (Sailor's Chorus)  (04:34)
  5. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Overture

    • Richard Wagner
    • Mariss Jansons
    • Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. Overture  (13:48)
  6. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Act 2. Dich, teure Halle (Elisabeth's Greeting)

    • Richard Wagner
    • London Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Jessye Norman
    • Klaus Tennstedt
    1. Act 2. Dich, teure Halle (Elisabeth's Greeting)  (03:30)
  7. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Act 3. Wie todesahnung... O du, mein holder Abends

    • Richard Wagner
    • Berlin State Opera Orchestra
    • Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    • Franz Konwitschny
    1. Act 3. Wie todesahnung... O du, mein holder Abendstern  (04:18)
  8. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Act 3. Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat (Pilgrim's

    • Richard Wagner
    • Bavarian State Opera Chorus
    • Bavarian State Orchestra, Munich
    • Robert Heger
    1. Act 3. Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat (Pilgrim's Chorus)  (04:26)
  9. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Prelude to Act 1

    • Richard Wagner
    • Adrian Boult
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. Prelude to Act 1  (08:26)
  10. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 1. Einsam in trüben Tagen (Elsa's Dream)

    • Richard Wagner
    • Hildegard Behrens
    • Munich Radio Orchestra
    • Peter Schneider
    1. Act 1. Einsam in trüben Tagen (Elsa's Dream)  (04:59)
  11. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 2. Entweihte Götter

    • Richard Wagner
    • André Cluytens
    • Rita Gorr
    • Paris National Opera Orchestra
    1. Act 2. Entweihte Götter  (01:34)
  12. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Prelude to Act 3

    • Richard Wagner
    • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Klaus Tennstedt
    1. Prelude to Act 3  (03:00)
  13. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 3. Treulich geführt (Bridal Chorus)

    • Richard Wagner
    • Bavarian State Opera Chorus
    • Bavarian State Orchestra, Munich
    • Robert Heger
    1. Act 3. Treulich geführt (Bridal Chorus)  (05:00)

Disc 2

  1. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 3. In fernem Land

    • Richard Wagner
    • Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
    • Heinrich Bender
    • Nicolai Gedda
    1. Act 3. In fernem Land  (05:27)
  2. Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Scene 4. Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge

    • Richard Wagner
    • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    • Bernard Haitink
    • Marjana Lipovsek
    • James Morris
    1. Scene 4. Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge  (04:06)
  3. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 1. Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond

    • Richard Wagner
    • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    • Reiner Goldberg
    • Bernard Haitink
    1. Act 1. Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond  (03:03)
  4. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 1. Du bist der Lenz

    • Richard Wagner
    • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    • Bernard Haitink
    • Cheryl Studer
    1. Act 1. Du bist der Lenz  (01:56)
  5. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 1. Oh süßeste Wonne! Seligstes Weib!

    • Richard Wagner
    • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    • Reiner Goldberg
    • Bernard Haitink
    • Cheryl Studer
    1. Act 1. Oh süßeste Wonne! Seligstes Weib!  (06:19)
  6. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 1. Siegmund heiß ich und Siegmund bin ich!

    • Richard Wagner
    • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    • Reiner Goldberg
    • Bernard Haitink
    • Cheryl Studer
    1. Act 1. Siegmund heiß ich und Siegmund bin ich!  (03:45)
  7. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 3. The Ride of the Valkyries

    • Richard Wagner
    • Klaus Tennstedt
    1. Act 3. The Ride of the Valkyries  (05:12)
  8. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Nothung! Nothung! neidliches Schwert! (Forg

    • Richard Wagner
    • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    • Peter Haage
    • Bernard Haitink
    • Siegfried Jerusalem
    1. Act 1. Nothung! Nothung! neidliches Schwert! (Forging Song)  (01:55)
  9. Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Act 3. Siegfried's Funeral March

    • Richard Wagner
    • Adrian Boult
    • London Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. Act 3. Siegfried's Funeral March  (08:20)
  10. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Prelude to Act 1

    • Richard Wagner
    • Adrian Boult
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. Prelude to Act 1  (10:07)
  11. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Act 3. Morgendlich leuchtend in rosigem Schein (Pr

    • Richard Wagner
    • Bavarian State Opera Chorus
    • Bavarian State Orchestra, Munich
    • Ben Heppner
    • Kurt Moll
    • Wolfgang Sawallisch
    • Cheryl Studer
    • Bernd Weikl
    1. Act 3. Morgendlich leuchtend in rosigem Schein (Prize Song)  (06:02)
  12. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 2. O sink hernieder, nacht der Liebe (Love Due

    • Richard Wagner
    • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Helga Dernesch
    • Herbert von Karajan
    • Christa Ludwig
    • Jon Vickers
    1. Act 2. O sink hernieder, nacht der Liebe (Love Duet)  (12:57)
  13. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 3. Mild und leise (Liebestod)

    • Richard Wagner
    • Hildegard Behrens
    • Munich Radio Orchestra
    • Peter Schneider
    1. Act 3. Mild und leise (Liebestod)  (06:11)

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