Wagner: Complete Piano Music

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Richard Wagner's reputation rests on his tetralogy, "Der Ring des Nibelungen," and the other music dramas he created, including "Lohengrin," "Tannhäuser," "Tristan und Isolde," "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg," and "Parsifal," which revolutionized all aspects of late Romantic music and left their mark on modern music as well. Yet there is a small body of non-operatic works that shows a more relaxed Wagner working on a much smaller scale: his "Siegfried Idyll for chamber orchestra," a group of songs, and a collection of pieces for piano. This double CD by Pier Paolo Vincenzi presents Wagner's complete piano music with three sonatas, a large-scale fantasia, and eleven ...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Richard Wagner's reputation rests on his tetralogy, "Der Ring des Nibelungen," and the other music dramas he created, including "Lohengrin," "Tannhäuser," "Tristan und Isolde," "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg," and "Parsifal," which revolutionized all aspects of late Romantic music and left their mark on modern music as well. Yet there is a small body of non-operatic works that shows a more relaxed Wagner working on a much smaller scale: his "Siegfried Idyll for chamber orchestra," a group of songs, and a collection of pieces for piano. This double CD by Pier Paolo Vincenzi presents Wagner's complete piano music with three sonatas, a large-scale fantasia, and eleven short pieces that show the composer's attempts at finding a more personal and intimate voice. Vincenzi plays these neglected works with subtlety and warmth, and gives them their due, slight as many of them are. While these compositions don't rise to the level of greatness and genius of the operas, they are ingenious and often indicative of Wagner's abiding interest in Beethoven. This is most apparent in the "Sonata in A, Grosse Sonate," and the "Sonata in B flat major," which are well-developed and earnest attempts at mastering sonata form. The "Fantasia in F sharp minor," the longest piece on this recording, is also clearly inspired by Beethoven, and while it is ambitious, it is episodic and loosely structured. The selections that instantly sound like mature Wagner are the first track of the first CD, Eine Sonate für das Album von Frau M.W., as well as the short pieces that fill out the second disc, which include a piano arrangement of the Prelude to "Tristan und Isolde," "Ankunft bei den schwarzen Schwänen," "Notenbrief für Mathilde Wesendonck," and especially the "Elegy in A flat," and the "Albumblatt für Frau Betty Schott," which wholly embody Wagner's lyrical style. This 2013 release commemorates the bicentennial of Wagner's birth and provides an opportunity for fans to appreciate a side of his music that is seldom explored.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2013
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • EAN: 5028421944500
  • Catalog Number: 94450
  • Sales rank: 126,570

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piano Sonata in A flat major (for M. Wesendonck), WWV 85 - Richard Wagner & Pier Paolo Vincenzi (13:37)
  2. 2–4 Piano Sonata in A major, WWV 26 (Op. 4) - Richard Wagner & Pier Paolo Vincenzi (31:57)
  3. 5–8 Piano Sonata in B flat major, WWV 21 (Op. 1) - Richard Wagner & Pier Paolo Vincenzi (27:24)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90 - Richard Wagner & Pier Paolo Vincenzi (4:30)
  2. 2 Fantasia for piano in F sharp minor, WWV 22 (Op. 3) - Richard Wagner & Pier Paolo Vincenzi (28:30)
  3. 3 Albumblatt für Ernst Bendikt Kietz, for piano in E major (Song Without Words), WWV 64 - Richard Wagner & Pier Paolo Vincenzi (2:09)
  4. 4 Polonaise for piano in D major, WWV 23a - Richard Wagner & Pier Paolo Vincenzi (2:56)
  5. 5 Albumblatt (In das Album Fürstin Metternich), for piano in C major, WWV 94 - Richard Wagner & Pier Paolo Vincenzi (3:04)
  6. 6 Züricher Vielliebchen-Walzer, for piano in E flat major, WWV 88 - Richard Wagner & Pier Paolo Vincenzi (1:16)
  7. 7 Albumblatt (Ankunft bei schwarzen Schwänen), for piano in A flat major, WWV 95 - Richard Wagner & Pier Paolo Vincenzi (5:10)
  8. 8 Polka for piano in G major, WWV 84 - Richard Wagner & Pier Paolo Vincenzi (0:35)
  9. 9 Notenbrief für Mathilde Wesendonck, for piano (unpublished) - Richard Wagner & Pier Paolo Vincenzi (1:23)
  10. 10 Polonaise for piano, 4 hands in D major, WWV 23b (Op. 2) - Richard Wagner & Pier Paolo Vincenzi (5:18)
  11. 11 Elegy for piano in A flat major - Richard Wagner & Pier Paolo Vincenzi (1:38)
  12. 12 Albumblatt für Frau Betty Schott, for piano in E flat major, WWV 108 - Richard Wagner & Pier Paolo Vincenzi (5:35)
  13. 13 Piano Sonata in A major, WWV 26 (Op. 4): 3. Maestoso: Tempo moderato e maestoso - Allegro m - Richard Wagner & Pier Paolo Vincenzi (10:37)
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Pier Paolo Vincenzi Primary Artist
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