Wagner: Heavy Classix

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Offering orchestral excerpts and vocal highlights from Richard Wagner's music dramas, this double-disc collection is a generous serving of analog recordings that have been staples in Deutsche Grammophon's catalog for decades. The roster of conductors is an honor roll, including such revered Wagnerians as Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Eugen Jochum, Rafael Kubelik, and Otto Gerdes, and their legendary performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the German Opera Berlin are among the finest the label has ever recorded. The pieces are representative of Wagner's highly dramatic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Offering orchestral excerpts and vocal highlights from Richard Wagner's music dramas, this double-disc collection is a generous serving of analog recordings that have been staples in Deutsche Grammophon's catalog for decades. The roster of conductors is an honor roll, including such revered Wagnerians as Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Eugen Jochum, Rafael Kubelik, and Otto Gerdes, and their legendary performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the German Opera Berlin are among the finest the label has ever recorded. The pieces are representative of Wagner's highly dramatic Romantic style and are among his greatest hits, though such a survey is bound to leave out some cherished selection, due to space considerations. All the same, this album serves as a solid introduction, giving listeners music from each of the major operas, "Der fliegende Holländer," "Tannhäuser," "Lohengrin," "Tristan und Isolde," "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg," and "Parsifal," as well as providing key scenes from "Der Ring des Nibelungen," notably The Ride of the Valkyries, Siegfried's Rhine Journey, Siegfried's Funeral Music, and Brunnhilde's Immolation Scene. The playing and singing are exciting enough to make newcomers seek out more of Wagner's music and may lead some to look for the complete recordings on Deutsche Grammophon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/2013
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947911746
  • Catalog Number: 001819702
  • Sales rank: 192,039

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 3. The Ride of the Walkyries - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (6:13)
  2. 2 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Prelude Act 1 - Richard Wagner & Karl Bohm (10:39)
  3. 3 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 3. Isoldes Liebestod - Richard Wagner & Karl Bohm (6:18)
  4. 4 Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Prelude Act 1 - Richard Wagner & Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (13:56)
  5. 5 Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Good Friday Spell - Richard Wagner & Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (12:13)
  6. 6 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Introduction & Siegfried's Rhine Journey (Prologue - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (5:34)
  7. 7 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Act 3. Funeral Music - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (8:35)
  8. 8 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Act 3. Immolation scene. Mein Erbe nun nehm' ich z - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (2:50)
  9. 9 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Act 3. Immolation scene. Fliegt heim, ihr Raben! - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:45)
  10. 10 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Act 3. Immolation scene. Zurück vom Ring! - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63: Overture - Richard Wagner & Karl Bohm (10:35)
  2. 2 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Prelude Act 1 - Richard Wagner & Rafael Kubelik (8:23)
  3. 3 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Prelude Act 3 - Richard Wagner & Rafael Kubelik (3:32)
  4. 4 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 3. Bridal Chorus. Treulich geführt ziehet dahi - Richard Wagner & Rafael Kubelik (5:03)
  5. 5 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Siegfried Idyll - Richard Wagner & Rafael Kubelik (18:58)
  6. 6 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Overture - Richard Wagner & Otto Gerdes (12:24)
  7. 7 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Prelude Act 1 - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (10:00)
  8. 8 Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Scene 4. Zur Burg führt die Brücke - Abendlich str - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (8:57)
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