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Wagner: Favourite Overtures & Preludes / Simonov, Philharmonia Orchestra

Wagner / Philharmonia Orchestra / Simonov
Release Date: 07/12/2011 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1165   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“If you want a spectacular modern digital recording of Wagnerian orchestral excerpts, this is hard to beat...” -- Penguin Guide (3 stars)

“from the most exciting modern collection of Wagner’s “purple patches” now in the catalogue…Then comes an exhilaratingly brilliant Ride of the Valkyries. Their steeds are not whipped to the point of exhaustion and they come into the final straight, heads held high and manes flying in the wind, drawing cheers from all.” -- Gramophone
“If you want a spectacular modern digital recording of Wagnerian orchestral excerpts, this is hard to beat...” -- Penguin Guide (3 stars)

“from the most exciting modern collection of Wagner’s “purple patches” now in the catalogue…Then comes an exhilaratingly brilliant Ride of the Valkyries. Their steeds are not whipped to the point of exhaustion and they come into the final straight, heads held high and manes flying in the wind, drawing cheers from all.” -- Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1. Rienzi: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1843; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2. Der fliegende Holländer: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3. Tannhäuser: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 15 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4. Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5. Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 4 Secs. 
7. Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Magnificent! March 23, 2013 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "As most serious music fans already know, the operas of Richard Wagner have had a major polarizing effect throughout their existence, in that they either draw intense devotion or equally intense loathing and disgust. This is probably due to the totality of Wagner's compositions- the orchestral scores, the librettos, and of course the controversial asthetic and intellectual orientation of the composer hmself. Given this set of sharply contrasting judgements on Wagner's merit, it is fortunate to have an alternative to these Wagnerian wars- his orchestral scores, stripped of librettos, stage settings, and temperamental opera singers. There exists a vast array of recordings using excerpts, preludes, and overtures from Wagner's operas (or as he preferred to call them, 'musical dramas'). It is here that one can escape from the challenging task of immersion in the total opera, and instead enjoy what I sincerely believe is some of the most magnificent orchestral writing in all of classical music. The disk being reviewed here contains music from the operas Rienzi, Flying Dutchman, Lohengrin, and Die Meistersinger, with an added bonus track of the famous (and often grotesquely misused) Ride of the Valkyries from The Ring. All elements of this wide-ranging program are powerfully and superbly played by London's Philharmonia Orchestra. I found the accounts of the Rienzi Overture and the Lohengrin Preludes to be especially effective, building from gentle openings to blazing, viscerally exciting conclusions. Originally released by the British Collins label, this Musical Concepts re-issue takes a back seat to no one in a very crowded field of competitive recordings of orchestral excerpts. Even if you already own other similar recordings, give this one a try- you'll not be disappointed; and if you are looking for a high quality initial plunge into the majestic sound world of Richard Wagner, look no further. Very strongly recommended." Report Abuse
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