Wagner/Mottl: Wesendonck Lieder, Orchestral Music

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The program notes for this Wagner recital by the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst claim that there is something extraordinary about the concept of Wagner actually being played in Cleveland, as if the "Ride of the Valkyries" or the Prelude to the first act of "Die Meistersinger," both included here, were considered arcane repertoire in the Midwest. In 1984, when Christoph von Dohnányi opened the first concert in his tenure with the orchestra with a performance of Ligeti's "Atmosphères" that morphed without pause into the Prelude to the first act of "Lohengrin," well, that was Wagner in Cleveland to write home about. Taken simply for what it is, this disc offers...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The program notes for this Wagner recital by the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst claim that there is something extraordinary about the concept of Wagner actually being played in Cleveland, as if the "Ride of the Valkyries" or the Prelude to the first act of "Die Meistersinger," both included here, were considered arcane repertoire in the Midwest. In 1984, when Christoph von Dohnányi opened the first concert in his tenure with the orchestra with a performance of Ligeti's "Atmosphères" that morphed without pause into the Prelude to the first act of "Lohengrin," well, that was Wagner in Cleveland to write home about. Taken simply for what it is, this disc offers very fine, thoughtful, and disciplined performances of some of the greatest hits from Wagner's operas, plus an exceptionally lovely account of the "Wesendonk-Lieder." Measha Brueggergosman brings a dusky, burnished tone to the "Wesendonk-Lieder" that suits them beautifully, and she has moments of piercing purity, particularly in "Im Triebhaus," a highlight of the album, sung and played with the intimacy and delicacy of chamber music. In "Traume," another standout, she sings with a luscious sultriness. Her approach to the songs has an emotional directness and simplicity that make them immensely compelling and immediate in their impact. Having Brueggergosman on hand and not having her perform the vocal version of the "Liebestod" from "Tristan" seems like a waste because it would be thrilling to hear her soar through the rapturous music. The recording is notable for both its power and the clarity of its details, which shine especially in the "Meistersinger" Prelude and in the "Ride of the Valkyries," which brings the album to a walloping close.
The Guardian - Tim Ashley
The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the greatest in the world -- the playing is perfection.
National Public Radio - Ashalen Sims
Franz Welser-Most's new recording with the Cleveland Orchestra contains something for everybody.... At the heart of the album lies Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman's eloquent interpretation of the Wesendonck Lieder.... With the Wesendonck Lieder, [Brueggergosman] demonstrates her versatility, navigating Wagner's tortured, mysterious musical landscape with sensitivity and finesse.

Franz Welser-Most's new recording with the Cleveland Orchestra contains something for everybody.... At the heart of the album lies Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman's eloquent interpretation of the Wesendonck Lieder.... With the Wesendonck Lieder, [Brueggergosman] demonstrates her versatility, navigating Wagner's tortured, mysterious musical landscape with sensitivity and finesse.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2010
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947787730
  • Catalog Number: 001450302
  • Sales rank: 178,896

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen, opera, WWV 49: Ouvertüre - Richard Wagner & Cleveland Orchestra (11:41)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFranz Welser-Möst
    Performed byCleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst
  2. 2 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Aufzug 1. Vorspiel - Liebestod - Richard Wagner & Cleveland Orchestra (15:35)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFranz Welser-Möst
    Performed byCleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst
  3. 3 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Aufzug 3. Vorspiel - Richard Wagner & Cleveland Orchestra (3:19)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFranz Welser-Möst
    Performed byCleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst
  4. 4 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Aufzug 1. Vorspiel - Richard Wagner & Cleveland Orchestra (7:23)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFranz Welser-Möst
    Performed byCleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst
  5. 5–9 Wesendonk Lieder, songs (5) for voice & piano (or orchestra), WWV 91 - Richard Wagner & Cleveland Orchestra (20:13)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFranz Welser-Möst
    Performed byCleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst, Measha Brueggergosman
    1. 5Der Engel
    2. 6Stehe still!
    3. 7Im Treibhaus
    4. 8Schmerzen
    5. 9Träume
  6. 10 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Aufzug 1. Vorspiel - Richard Wagner & Cleveland Orchestra (8:48)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFranz Welser-Möst
    Performed byCleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst
  7. 11 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Walkürenritt - Richard Wagner & Cleveland Orchestra (5:11)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFranz Welser-Möst
    Performed byCleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Measha Brueggergosman Primary Artist
Franz Welser-Möst Primary Artist
Cleveland Orchestra Primary Artist
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