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Wagner: Complete Overtures & Orchestral Music from the Operas


Release Date: 03/25/2016 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94937   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri SimonovAlois SpringerJerzy SemkowHeinrich Hollreiser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraLuxembourg Radio/Television Symphony OrchestraHamburg Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This release boasts excerpts from Wagner’s best known dramatic works, including Parsifal, Tristan und Isolde and Der Ring des Nibelungen, but also less performed operas Rienzi and Die Feen, which both feature splendid overtures. The selection also showcases one of Wagner’s most popular ensemble works; the superb Siegfried Idyll, written as a birthday present to his second wife and performed on Christmas Day 1870. A highly personal piece, Wagner later incorporated some of the material into his opera Siegfried. The first two CDs are performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, established in London in 1945. A world-class orchestra with thousands of recordings to its name, the ensemble is directed here by Russian conductor Yuri Simonov, best known Read more for becoming the youngest ever chief conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre when he was appointed at the age of just 29. The final CD brings together some of the finest orchestras from across Europe, as well as the prestigious St Louis Symphony Orchestra, in historical recordings that have certainly stood the test of time. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Parsifal: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
2.
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
3.
Siegfried: Forest Murmurs [Instrumental] by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
4.
Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey [Part 1] by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1874; Germany 
5.
Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey [Part 2] by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1874; Germany 
6.
Götterdämmerung: Trauermusik by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1874; Germany 
7.
Tristan und Isolde: Liebestod [Instrumental] by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
8.
Rienzi: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1843; Germany 
9.
Der fliegende Holländer: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
10.
Tannhäuser: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
11.
Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
12.
Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
13.
Das Liebesverbot: Overture by Richard Wagner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
14.
Die Feen: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Alois Springer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Germany 
15.
Parsifal: Good Friday Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Jerzy Semkow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
16.
Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Music fine but the sound... September 20, 2017 By JON E. (Lancaster, MA) See All My Reviews "I love this music and have a lot of it. I purchased it because it was the more important overtures all in one package and, for whatever reason, I thought the performances and recording quality would be very good. Its not. I won't speak to the performances as they are fine and I basically like them. For me to go into comparisons with my favorites accomplishes little. They are fine. I did not like the sound quality and have already sent it to the 'out bin' in the basement where a store others that need a home. A donation will be going to the local library I suspect. It was a great disappointment when played on my system which is certainly in the high end of the audio world. I guess there is not much to say. I take no issue with anyone liking them as they will be fine on many if not most systems but a highly resolving system will eat them up. What a shame! I suppose now that I've seen fit to do a review and it is a negative one, I should review other CDs I have purchased that deserve positive reviews. JONE" Report Abuse
 Wagner is great! January 5, 2017 By Raymond N. (Stratford, CT) See All My Reviews "A wonderful collection. Music only. For listening or background." Report Abuse
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