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Wagner: Scenes from Tannhauser, Lohengrin, Die Walkure / Varady, Seiffert


Release Date: 09/10/1996 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 56138   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Julia VarádyPeter Seiffert
Conductor:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera OrchestraBavarian State Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although Fischer Dieskau is listed in the credits as a baritone as well as a conductor, his only vocal contribution to this collection is Wolfram’s “Dort ist sie; nahe dich ihr ungestört!” as he points out Elisabeth to Tannhäuser in act II. The rest of the show belongs to Julia Varady and Peter Seiffert, who offer outstanding performances of a chunk of act II of Tannhäuser (from “Dich, teure Halle” to just before the King enters), most of the Bridal Chamber Scene from Lohengrin (from the act III Prelude to shortly before Telramund enters), and the last half-hour or so of act I of Die Walküre (from the usual spot, “Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater”).

Seiffert, recorded in 1996, is in fresh voice,
Read more sounding like a powerful lyric tenor with just enough metal on top to hold his own against the orchestra; and the always-interesting Varady is one of those fortunate sopranos (Callas comes to mind) who can suggest more than the basic emotions with their flexible voices. As for the conductor, he made several successful LPs, including performances of the Brahms Fourth, two Schumann symphonies, and Harold in Italy. I don’t know what went on behind the scenes, but the finished products were highly competitive in their time. There’s nothing wrong with what he does here, either, whatever it may have been—the performances, beautifully recorded (listen to the offstage chorus in Lohengrin) come off very well and are recommended to those who don’t cringe at the idea of Wagnerian bleeding chunks. At least they bleed beautifully here.

-- James Miller, FANFARE [11/2004] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tannhäuser: Dich, teure Halle by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Julia Varády (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Language: German 
2.
Tannhäuser: Gepriesen sei die Stunde by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Julia Varády (Soprano), Peter Seiffert (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Language: German 
3.
Lohengrin: Treulich geführt "Bridal Chorus" by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Language: German 
4.
Die Walküre: Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Peter Seiffert (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Language: German 
5.
Tannhäuser: Act 2 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
6.
Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 

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