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Wagner: Tristan Scenes & Wesendonk Lieder / Weigert, Varnay


Release Date: 05/27/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 423955   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Astrid VarnayHertha TöpperWolfgang Windgassen
Conductor:  Hermann Weigert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Most notable is a Liebestod of superbly controlled intensity. In the Narrative and Curse the exultant, passionate power of Varnay's singing exposes one hint of mannerism—a tendency to press too hard on certain syllables, and to seem, in consequence, an Isolde more unyielding than volatile. The difficulty a great Wagnerian can have in scaling her voice down is most noticeable in the first of the Wesendonk Lieder: Varnay is best in the rapt, inner intensity of No. 3, "Im Treibhaus". Such inner intensity is also abundant in the long extract from Act 2 of Tristan. Windgassen is a fairly stolid Tristan—singing the part 'cold' in the studio at relatively slow tempos may be the reason—but the impact of the whole is still powerful and Read more moving.

-- Gramophone [1/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Tristan und Isolde: Wie lachen sie mir "Narrative and Curse" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Astrid Varnay (Soprano), Hertha Töpper (Alto)
Conductor:  Hermann Weigert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Language: German 
2.
Tristan und Isolde: O sink' hernieder, Nacht der Liebe by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Astrid Varnay (Soprano), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor), Hertha Töpper (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Hermann Weigert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Language: German 
3.
Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise "Liebestod" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Astrid Varnay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hermann Weigert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Language: German 
4.
Wesendonck Lieder by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Astrid Varnay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hermann Weigert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Language: German 

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