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Wagner: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 / De Waart, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

Wagner / Netherlands Radio Po / Waart
Release Date: 11/09/2010 
Label:  Exton   Catalog #: 198   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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WAGNER Die Walküre : Ride of the Valkyries. Die Feen: Overture. A Faust Overture. Rienzi: Overture. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to act III. Siegfried Idyll Read more Edo de Waart, cond: Netherlands RPO EXTON OVCL-00198 (SACD: 67:56)


Here’s more recorded evidence, if it’s needed, that Edo de Waart is a first-rate Wagnerian. Last issue, I covered four CDs of Wagner from de Waart and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, well-crafted arrangements by Henk de Vlieger of material from the Ring, Tristan, Parsifal, and Die Meistersinger. Now we have a more standard program of overtures, “bleeding chunks,” and other orchestral pieces recorded in 2004 with the same ensemble. This is the second of a pair of Wagner CDs from Exton; Volume 1 is reviewed elsewhere in this issue by my good friend Art Lintgen.


The SACD holds three early works that will serve to flesh out fledgling Wagner collections. De Waart gives the Weberesque Die Feen overture its due—this is pretty accomplished stuff for a 20-year old who was no child prodigy—and the opening to Rienzi ’s overture unfolds patiently, leading smoothly into a soulful rendering of the famous main theme. A Faust Overture, originally the first movement of a never-completed symphony, was written at the same time as Rienzi. It’s dramatically paced in this performance and we can hear it as a tone poem nearly on a par with those by the composer’s future father-in-law, Franz Liszt.


The rest of the program is mature Wagner. The act III prelude from Die Meistersinger captures the sense of pensive melancholy that one feels in the theater when the curtain comes up on Hans Sachs alone in his workshop. De Waart’s Siegfried Idyll is suffused with sunlight, as it must literally have been that Christmas morning in Tribschen when the composer presented it as a birthday gift to Cosima. The only selection that falls short is the Walkürenritt . The dotted rhythm seems sing-songy; the second note—the 16th note—needs more emphasis, as all orchestral brass players are taught. Mostly, though, execution by the Dutch orchestra (de Waart was chief conductor from 1989 to 2004 and is now conductor laureate) is superb.


Multichannel audio fans should not be put off by the Die Walküre excerpt, which, for some reason, has way too much direct sound mixed into the rear channels, resulting in a very confused spatial presentation of the orchestra. The remaining hour of the program is quite satisfying in 5.1 surround. In stereo, as well, the sonics are vivid and involving.


FANFARE: Andrew Quint
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Works on This Recording

1.
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Venue:  Studio of Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Hol 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Die Feen: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Germany 
Venue:  Studio of Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Hol 
Length: 12 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Faust Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1844; Germany 
Venue:  Studio of Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Hol 
Length: 12 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Rienzi: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1843; Germany 
Venue:  Studio of Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Hol 
Length: 11 Minutes 39 Secs. 
5.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Venue:  Studio of Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Hol 
Length: 7 Minutes 16 Secs. 
6.
Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Germany 
Venue:  Studio of Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Hol 
Length: 19 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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