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Wagner / Terfel, Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker


Release Date: 02/12/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471348   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Bryn Terfel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Opera aficionados have long felt that Bryn Terfel was destined to sing the music of Richard Wagner. The superb bass-baritone has thrilled listeners since the very beginning of his career with an extraordinary voice that boasts an abundance of power and a remarkably wide range, and with his impressive interpretive acumen--essential qualities for a successful realization of any of the roles from the daunting Wagnerian canon. Terfel rewards the patience of his many admirers and proves that the anticipation was warranted, with a thoroughly satisfying program made up of arias from 'Der fliegende Holländer,' 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,' 'Tannhäuser,' 'Parsifal,' and 'Die Walküre.' He rises to the challenge of these demanding works with Read more accounts that are vocally and dramatically powerful, brilliantly displaying the complex psyches of Wagner's troubled heroes. The performances are outstanding simply on the merits of Terfel's prodigious vocals, but the additional luxury of support from the formidable Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic render them sublime. The album is a milestone in an already brilliant career and a harbinger of even greater accomplishments to come. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Parsifal: Mein Sohn Amfortas...Wehvolles Erbe by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection begins with "Nein! Lasst ihn unenthüllt!..."
Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (2000 - 2001) 
2. Parsifal: Ja, Wehe! Wehe! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Bayreuth, Germany 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (2000 - 2001) 
3. Der fliegende Holländer: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (2000 - 2001) 
4. Der fliegende Holländer: Die Frist ist um [Monologue] by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (2000 - 2001) 
5. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Was duftet doch der Flieder by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (2000 - 2001) 
6. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Wahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (2000 - 2001) 
7. Tannhäuser: O, du mein holder Abendstern by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection begins with "Wie Todesahnung Dämm'rung deckt die Lande..."
Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (2000 - 2001) 
8. Die Walküre: Leb' wohl..."Farewell and Magic Fire music" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (2000 - 2001) 

Sound Samples

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture
Der fliegende Holländer / Act 1: "Die Frist ist um" - "Ew'ge Vernichtung, nimm uns auf" (Holländer, Mannschaft des Holländers)
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg / Act 3: "Wahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!"
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg / Act 2: "Was duftet doch der Flieder"
Tannhäuser / Act 3: Wie Todesahnung... O du mein holder Abendstern (Wolfram)
Parsifal / Act 1: Nein! Lasst ihn unenthüllt
Parsifal / Act 3: Ja, Wehe! Wehe! Weh' über mich! (Amfortas, Ritter)
Die Walküre / Dritter Aufzug: Wotan's Farewell & Magic Fire Music

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