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Wagner: Orchestral Excerpts From Operas / Tennstedt, Et Al


Release Date: 10/18/2005 
Label:  Lpo   Catalog #: 3   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Despite the Royal Albert Hall's dodgy acoustics, I'll bet the storied venue's walls reverberated like hell when Klaus Tennstedt led the London Philharmonic in this all-Wagner BBC Proms concert on August 20, 1992. The orchestra never plays less than full-out in response to the intensity and dynamism Tennstedt elicits from the podium. The conductor seamlessly unifies the Rienzi Overture's numerous tempo changes and allows plenty of time for the LPO's gold-plated sonority to congeal. Dawn unfolds leisurely into an equally unhurried Rhine Journey where Tennstedt encourages his musicians to shape Wagner's inner lines with chamber-like interplay. He also makes a convincing case for ever-so-slightly broadening the last three notes of the Funeral Read more March's triplet figure (the one Toscanini slaved over to ensure absolute accuracy).

My one reservation concerns the sonic congestion in loud tuttis, and how the overly prominent brass tend to drown out important string material, as in the Meistersinger and Tannhäuser Overtures' climaxes, or the Ride of the Valkyries' cascading scales. While more beautiful (Karajan/Berlin), sensual (Stokowski/Symphony of the Air), and polished (Szell/Cleveland) Wagner discs stand as references, Tennstedt fans surely will want to hear these persuasive performances.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/20/1992 
Venue:  Live  Royal Albert Hall, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Rienzi: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1843; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/20/1992 
Venue:  Live  Royal Albert Hall, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 7 Secs. 
3.
Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/20/1992 
Venue:  Live  Royal Albert Hall, London, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 59 Secs. 
4.
Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/20/1992 
Venue:  Live  Royal Albert Hall, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5.
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/20/1992 
Venue:  Live  Royal Albert Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
6.
Tannhäuser: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/20/1992 
Venue:  Live  Royal Albert Hall, London, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 41 Secs. 
7.
Tannhäuser: Venusberg Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/20/1992 
Venue:  Live  Royal Albert Hall, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 57 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg): Act I: Prelude
Rienzi: Overture
Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods): Dawn and Siegfried's Journey to the Rhine
Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods): Siegfried's Funeral Music
Die Walkure: Act III: Ride of the Valkyries (concert version)
Tannhauser: Overture
Tannhauser: Venusberg Music

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