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Wagner: Orchestral Music / Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra


Release Date: 09/17/2002 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67896   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 38 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Otto Klemperer's Wagner is mostly marvelous. At times, he can sound a bit too foursquare, as in his lumbering Meistersinger prelude, but then he also turns in a surprisingly swift and urgent Prelude and Liebestod, and he's fantastic with all of the early stuff. Works such as the overtures to Rienzi, The Flying Dutchman, and Tannhäuser seem perfectly in sync with his innate blunt directness, and he also leads a lovely, unfussy performance of the Siegfried Idyll. Well behaved brass make the Act 3 prelude to Lohengrin more dignified than usual, and Klemperer obviously believes that the shortest possible version of the Ride of the Valkyries (less than three minutes) gives you all you need to know of this particular "bleeding chunk", a decision Read more we can only applaud. Now if only there were a similarly brief edition of the pointlessly repetitious and formally shapeless Forest Murmurs! Happily, "just the facts" versions of both Siegfried's Rhine Jouney and Funeral Music do exist, and Klemperer chooses both of them. Careful remastering captures the vividness of most of the original recordings, even if it can't do anything about their obvious age. Still, this is an essential Wagner collection and EMI packs a lot of music onto these two nearly 80-minute-long CDs. A classic, then, and a bargain to boot.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Rienzi: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1843; Germany 
2.
Tannhäuser: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
3.
Tannhäuser: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
4.
Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
5.
Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
6.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
7.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Dance of the Apprentices by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
8.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Entry of the Mastersingers by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
9.
Parsifal: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
10.
Der fliegende Holländer: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
11.
Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
12.
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
13.
Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Germany 
14.
Siegfried: Forest Murmurs [Instrumental] by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
15.
Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
16.
Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
17.
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 

Sound Samples

Rienzi - Overture (2002 Digital Remaster)
Tannhäuser - Overture (2002 Digital Remaster)
Tannhäuser - Prelude Act III (2002 Digital Remaster)
Lohengrin - Prelude Act 1 (2002 Digital Remaster)
Lohengrin - Prelude Act III (2002 Digital Remaster)
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Overture (2002 Digital Remaster)
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Dance of the Apprecticess & Entry of the Masters (Act III) (2002 Digital Remaster)
Parsifal - Prelude (2002 Digital Remaster)
Der Fliegende Holländer - Overture (2002 Digital Remaster)
Das Rheingold - Entry of the Gods into Valhalla (2002 Digital Remaster)
Die Walküre - Ride of the Valkyries (2002 Digital Remaster)
Siegfried Idyll (2002 Digital Remaster)
Siegfried - Forest Murmurs (2002 Digital Remaster)
Götterdämmerung - Siegfried's Rhine Journey (2002 Digital Remaster)
Götterdämmerung - Siegfried's Funeral March (2002 Digital Remaster)
Tristan und Isolde - Prelude and Liebstod (2002 Digital Remaster)

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