Wagner: Orchestral Music from the Operas

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
When these discs were originally released singly in the early '80s, they were not only marvelous recordings of the purely orchestral music from Wagner's operas, they announced the arrival of a marvelous new conductor. At the time, Klaus Tennstedt was known only as the conductor of several astonishingly good recordings of Mahler's symphonies, but his abilities in the standard repertoire were as yet unknown. But with these two discs of recordings with the Berlin Philharmonic, Tennstedt proved that his Mahler was no accident. Indeed, so strong, so central, and so overwhelmingly compelling are his Wagner recordings that his Mahler recordings seem almost accidental. In the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
When these discs were originally released singly in the early '80s, they were not only marvelous recordings of the purely orchestral music from Wagner's operas, they announced the arrival of a marvelous new conductor. At the time, Klaus Tennstedt was known only as the conductor of several astonishingly good recordings of Mahler's symphonies, but his abilities in the standard repertoire were as yet unknown. But with these two discs of recordings with the Berlin Philharmonic, Tennstedt proved that his Mahler was no accident. Indeed, so strong, so central, and so overwhelmingly compelling are his Wagner recordings that his Mahler recordings seem almost accidental. In the disc of excerpts from the "Ring" operas, Tennstedt is at once immensely dramatic, ecstatically lyrical, and profoundly musical. In the disc of preludes and overtures from "Tannhäuser," "Rienzi," "Lohengrin," and "Meistersinger," Tennstedt is at once intensely concentrated, widely expansive, and deeply human. Aided by the super-virtuoso playing of the Berlin Philharmonic and the stupendous impact of EMI's early digital, Tennstedt's Wagner was as fine or finer than any of his contemporaries and nearly in the same league as his predecessors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2005
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 724358624823
  • Catalog Number: 86248
  • Sales rank: 124,894

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Ride of the Valkyries - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (5:11)
  2. 2 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (10:28)
  3. 3 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Siegfried's Death and Funeral March - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (9:40)
  4. 4 Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Entry of the Gods into Valhalla - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:46)
  5. 5 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Forest Murmurs - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (6:53)
  6. 6 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire Music - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (7:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Overture - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (15:36)
  2. 2 Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen, opera, WWV 49: Overture - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (13:39)
  3. 3 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 1 - Prelude - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (10:24)
  4. 4 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 3 - Prelude - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:03)
  5. 5 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Act 3 - Prelude - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (10:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Klaus Tennstedt Primary Artist
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