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Wagner Highlights Arranged For Two Pianos / Nagai, Achatz


Release Date: 11/15/1999 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 976   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Inzuki "Yukie" NagaiDag Achatz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Max Reger's Wagner arrangements for two pianos lack the coloristic variety of the orchestral originals, yet they make it possible for the composer's motivic complexities to be grasped with more immediacy. Paul Dukas' duo arrangement of the Tannhäuser Bacchanale allows listeners to compare both his and Reger's two-piano deployment of passages common to both transcriptions. Yukie Nagai and Dag Achatz tend be pianistic rather than orchestral with their expressive nips and tucks. Tempos are generally governed from executional practicality rather than the orchestral momentum. While the pianists sometimes get bogged down in detail, their ensemble values allow no split chords or kerploppy attacks. In short, a fine, unusual disc.

--Jed Distler,
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Works on This Recording

1. Tannhäuser: Overture by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Inzuki "Yukie" Nagai (Piano), Dag Achatz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Ernest Ansermet Studio, Geneva 
Notes: Transcribed: Max Reger (1913) 
2. Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Inzuki "Yukie" Nagai (Piano), Dag Achatz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Ernest Ansermet Studio, Geneva 
Notes: Transcribed: Paul Dukas 
3. Die Walküre: Leb' wohl..."Farewell and Magic Fire music" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Inzuki "Yukie" Nagai (Piano), Dag Achatz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Ernest Ansermet Studio, Geneva 
Notes: Transcribed: Max Reger (1914) 
4. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Dag Achatz (Piano), Inzuki "Yukie" Nagai (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Ernest Ansermet Studio, Geneva 
Notes: Transcribed: Max Reger (1912) 
5. Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Dag Achatz (Piano), Inzuki "Yukie" Nagai (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Ernest Ansermet Studio, Geneva 
Notes: Transcribed: Max Reger (1914) 

Sound Samples

Tannhauser: Overture
Tannhauser: Bacchanale - Le Venusberg
Die Walkure: Wotans Abschied und Feurzauber
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg): Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Vorspiel
Tristan und Isolde: Vorspiel und Isoldes Liebestod

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