Wagner: Complete Piano Works

Wagner: Complete Piano Works

by Dario BonuccelliDario Bonuccelli


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Released in 2013 for the bicentennial of Richard Wagner's birth, this double-disc album of his complete piano music shows a side of the composer that is seldom heard. Wagner's reputation rests on his music dramas, most significantly on the tetralogy, "Der Ring des Nibelungen," but also on such masterpieces as "Lohengrin," "Tannhäuser," "Tristan und Isolde," "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg," and "Parsifal," which influenced western music well into the 20th century. Yet the young Wagner emulated Beethoven in his piano sonatas and his massive "Fantasia in F sharp minor," and revealed his own style gradually, in a handful of short dances and album leaves. This presentation on Dynamic eschews chronological order and presents the more characteristic pieces on the first CD, while saving the early sonatas for the second disc. Greater emphasis is placed on the Wagner we know, especially in the opening arrangement of the Prelude to "Tristan und Isolde," and the handful of pieces that Wagner wrote from the 1850s on. The dances that are included are of limited value, except perhaps for their imitation of Chopin and Liszt. However, Wagner's earnest struggles with sonata form are perhaps of greater interest to students of his musical development, and the second disc gives a clear view of Wagner's style in the 1830s. Dario Bonuccelli's playing is clear and focused, but lacking emotional involvement throughout the first disc until his reading of the "Fantasia," which is adequately impassioned. Yet Bonuccelli has saved his best performances for the sonatas, which clearly benefit from his committed playing and lucid interpretations. Dynamic's sound is quite deep and spacious, giving Bonuccelli extraordinary presence and resonance.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/30/2013
Label: Dynamic
UPC: 8007144607616
catalogNumber: 761
Rank: 56960


  1. Piano Sonata in A major, WWV 26 (Op. 4): Fugue
  2. Piano Sonata in A major, WWV 26 (Op. 4)
  3. Piano Sonata in B flat major, WWV 21 (Op. 1)
  4. Piano Sonata in A flat major (for M. Wesendonck), WWV 85
  5. Fantasia for piano in F sharp minor, WWV 22 (Op. 3)
  6. Elegy for piano in A flat major
  7. Notenbrief für Mathilde Wesendonck, for piano (unpublished)
  8. Polonaise for piano in D major, WWV 23a
  9. Polonaise for piano, 4 hands in D major, WWV 23b (Op. 2)
  10. Albumblatt für Frau Betty Schott, for piano in E flat major, WWV 108
  11. Albumblatt (Ankunft bei schwarzen Schwänen), for piano in A flat major, WWV 95
  12. Albumblatt (In das Album Fürstin Metternich), for piano in C major, WWV 94
  13. Züricher Vielliebchen-Walzer, for piano in E flat major, WWV 88
  14. Polka for piano in G major, WWV 84
  15. Albumblatt für Ernst Bendikt Kietz, for piano in E major (Song Without Words), WWV 64
  16. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Schluss zum Vorspiel

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