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Wagner: Siegfried Idyll; Sibelius, Wolf, Et Al / Orpheus CO


Release Date: 04/24/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 431680   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard WagnerJoaquin TurinaHugo WolfGiacomo Puccini,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A stellar quality of performance at the hands of the American Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. The recording is excellent, both in tonal quality and in orchestral balance. If it is possible to make a better record of the music concerned I certainly cannot imagine how.

Who or what is or are Puccini's Crisantemi, you may say. Having the advantage of the disc's booklet in front of me, I now know: Crisantemi are chrysanthemums. The piece is a rewarding elegy for a son of Victor Emanuel II; and turns out to be of sufficient quality for Puccini to have re-used some of the music for Manon's death-scene in Manon Lescaut. The disc's selection chooses its seven pieces from seven different composers of seven different countries of
Read more continental Europe. Most of the pieces are familiar enough; though the Hugo Wolf Serenade is more familiar in its original string quartet version than in the superlatively written orchestral one played here. Who made this version? Wolf himself, say some: Max Reger, say others. Probability suggests Reger, who had great orchestral skill and experience, not likely to have been equally available to Wolf. By whoever, the scoring is absolutely splendidly done.

The Puccini and the Wolf share with the more familiar remainder of the programme a stellar quality of performance at the hands of the American Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. The recording is excellent, both in tonal quality and in orchestral balance. If it is possible to make a better record of the music concerned I certainly cannot imagine how.

-- Gramophone [10/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 18 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
La oración del torero, Op. 34 by Joaquin Turina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Spain 
Date of Recording: 03/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 8 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
Italian Serenade for Orchestra by Hugo Wolf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 7 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4.
Crisantemi "Elegy" by Giacomo Puccini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5.
Rêverie et caprice for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 8 by Hector Berlioz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 7 Minutes 57 Secs. 
6.
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
Date of Recording: 03/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
7.
Nocturne for String Orchestra in B major, Op. 40/B 47 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1875/83; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 03/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 7 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

La oración del torero (Turina)
Crisantemi "Elegy" (Puccini)
Rêverie et caprice (Berlioz)
Kuolema (Sibelius): Valse triste

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