Thielemann - My Wagner Album

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Even though Christian Thielemann's 2013 twofer of Wagner recordings appears at first glance to be a compilation from his own discography, the majority of tracks are actually historic analog recordings by such great conductors as Wilhelm Furtwängler, Hans Knappertsbusch, Carlos Kleiber, Herbert von Karajan, and Pierre Boulez. Because of that, this collection will be appreciated most by dedicated Wagnerians who are interested in past performances from Deutsche Grammophon's vaults and who can listen past the surface noise of the oldest recordings to hear music that is still important and exciting. In addition to the orchestral extracts are powerful vocal excerpts from the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Even though Christian Thielemann's 2013 twofer of Wagner recordings appears at first glance to be a compilation from his own discography, the majority of tracks are actually historic analog recordings by such great conductors as Wilhelm Furtwängler, Hans Knappertsbusch, Carlos Kleiber, Herbert von Karajan, and Pierre Boulez. Because of that, this collection will be appreciated most by dedicated Wagnerians who are interested in past performances from Deutsche Grammophon's vaults and who can listen past the surface noise of the oldest recordings to hear music that is still important and exciting. In addition to the orchestral extracts are powerful vocal excerpts from the music dramas, variously sung by René Kollo, Margaret Price, Brigitte Fassbaender, Thomas Stewart, James King, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jess Thomas, Gerhard Stolze, Helga Dernesch, and Helge Brilioth. Thielemann's recordings of the "Overture to Rienzi" and "Siegfried's Funeral March" from "Die Götterdämmerung" are adequate performances that take up a small part of the program, which is dominated by selections from Karajan's late-'60s recordings of "Der Ring des Nibelungen." Considering the interesting mix of conductors and the value of having so much variety on the first CD, devoting the second half of the package to Karajan is an unimaginative choice, especially considering that Thielemann's "Ring" with the Wiener Staatsoper is completely ignored. For general listeners, there are many other Wagner collections that have more of the expected greatest hits in all digital sound, so this one is not recommended for beginners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2013
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947912750
  • Catalog Number: 001884102
  • Sales rank: 179,751

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen, opera, WWV 49: Ouvertüre - Richard Wagner & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (11:49)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byChristian Thielemann
    Performed byVienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Christian Thielemann
  2. 2 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Act 2. Fliedermonolog "Was duftet doch der Flieder - Richard Wagner & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (6:17)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byHans Knappertsbusch
    Performed byVienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Hans Knappertsbusch
  3. 3 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Ouvertüre - Wilhelm Furtwangler & Richard Wagner (14:05)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byWilhelm Furtwangler
    Performed byWilhelm Furtwangler, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  4. 4 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 2. Isolde! Geliebte! - Tristan! Geliebter! - René Kollo & Richard Wagner (18:22)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byCarlos Kleiber
    Performed byRené Kollo, Dresden Staatskapelle, Carlos Kleiber, Margaret Price
  5. 5 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 2. O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe - René Kollo & Richard Wagner (5:17)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byCarlos Kleiber
    Performed byRené Kollo, Dresden Staatskapelle, Carlos Kleiber, Margaret Price
  6. 6 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 2. Einsam wachend in der Nacht - Richard Wagner & Dresden Staatskapelle (2:59)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byCarlos Kleiber
    Performed byDresden Staatskapelle, Brigitte Fassbaender, Carlos Kleiber
  7. 7 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Act 3. Trauermarsch - Richard Wagner & Merle Kersten (8:03)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byChristian Thielemann
    Performed byVienna State Opera Orchestra, Christian Thielemann
  8. 8 Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Ja, wehe! Weh über mich! - Pierre Boulez & Richard Wagner (6:35)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byPierre Boulez
    Performed byPierre Boulez, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Bayreuther Festspiele Choir
  9. 9 Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Nur eine Waffe taugt - Pierre Boulez & Richard Wagner (3:22)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byPierre Boulez
    Performed byPierre Boulez, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James King
  10. 10 Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Höchsten Heiles Wunder! - Pierre Boulez & Richard Wagner (3:44)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byPierre Boulez
    Performed byPierre Boulez, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Bayreuther Festspiele Choir
Disc 2
  1. 1 Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Zur Burg führt die Brücke - Abendlich strahlt der - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (9:06)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byHerbert von Karajan
    Performed byBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Helen Donath, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Donald Grobe, Herbert von Karajan, Edda Moser, Anna Reynolds, Gerhard Stolze, Josephine Veasey
  2. 2 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 1. Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (6:25)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byHerbert von Karajan
    Performed byBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan, Jon Vickers
  3. 3 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 3. Walkürenritt. Hojotoho! Hojotoho! - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (6:14)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byHerbert von Karajan
    Performed byBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Barbro Ericson, Herbert von Karajan, Danica Mastilovic, Carlotta Ordassy, Liselotte Rebmann, Cvetka Ahlin, Lilo Brockhaus, Helga Jenckel, Ingrid Steger
  4. 4 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 3. Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind - Der - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (13:27)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byHerbert von Karajan
    Performed byBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
  5. 5 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 3. Feuerzauber - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:50)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byHerbert von Karajan
    Performed byBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
  6. 6 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Notung! Notung! Neidliches Schwert! - Hoho! - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (11:51)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byHerbert von Karajan
    Performed byBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan, Gerhard Stolze, Jess Thomas
  7. 7 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 3. Brünnhildes Erwachen. Heil dir, Sonne! Heil - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (6:45)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byHerbert von Karajan
    Performed byBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Helga Dernesch, Herbert von Karajan, Jess Thomas
  8. 8 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Act 3. Brünnhilde, heilige Braut! - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:08)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byHerbert von Karajan
    Performed byBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Helge Brilioth, Herbert von Karajan
  9. 9 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Act 3. Trauermarsch - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (8:29)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byHerbert von Karajan
    Performed byBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christian Thielemann Primary Artist
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