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Wagner: Meistersinger Orchestral Tribute / Jarvi, Royal Scottish National Orchestra

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Release Date: 09/27/2011 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 5092   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Neeme Järvi conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in the fourth album of their Wagner series. Their performances on the previous three volumes have received high critical acclaim. American Record Guide wrote of Volume 1: ‘This is wonderful playing and sound… Järvi knows exactly what to do to make the music speak. The orchestra sounds better than I’ve ever heard them.’

This disc features a symphonic arrangement by the Dutch composer and percussionist Henk de Vlieger of Wagner’s only comic opera, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. It is the only opera by Wagner centred round a specific time and place in history, rather than a mythical or legendary past. The story takes place in Nuremberg during the middle of
Read more the sixteenth century, and revolves around the real-life guild of the Master Singers, an association of amateur poets and musicians who developed a craftsman-like approach to music-making.

Wagner left the two early Entreactes tragiques unfinished, the first only partially orchestrated, and they are heard here in orchestrations completed by De Vlieger.

Completing the disc are the seldom performed and recorded Overture to Columbus, and Eine Faust-Ouvertüre by Wagner. Written in 1835, when Wagner was just twenty-two years old, the Weber-influenced Columbus Overture introduces the play by Theodor Apel. His Faust-Overture followed in 1840. Taking its inspiration from Goethe’s famous play, this work, together with Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, became the main example of nineteenth-century programme music.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Faust Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1844; Germany 
2.
Columbus: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Germany 
3.
Entreactes tragiques no 1 by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Notes: Orchestrated by Henk de Vlieger. 
4.
Entreactes tragiques no 2 by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Notes: Orchestrated by Henk de Vlieger. 
5.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: An Orchestral Tribute by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Notes: Composition based on music from Die Meistersinger by Richard Wagner, arranged and orchestrated by Henk de Vlieger. 

Sound Samples

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) (an Orchestral Tribute, arr. H. de Vlieger): I. Prelude: I. Sehr massig bewegt - Bewegt, doch immer noch etwas breit - Massig im Hauptzeitmass - Im massigen Hauptzeitmass - Sehr gewichtig
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) (an Orchestral Tribute, arr. H. de Vlieger): II. Versammlung der Meistersinger: Massig - Etwas zuruckhaltend
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) (an Orchestral Tribute, arr. H. de Vlieger): III. Gesang der Lehrbuben: Lebhaft, doch nicht zu schnell - Gemachlich
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) (an Orchestral Tribute, arr. H. de Vlieger): IV. Sachsens Monologue: Lebhaft - Sehr massig - Sehr breit - Massig langsam - Ein wenig belebend - Sehr breit
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) (an Orchestral Tribute, arr. H. de Vlieger): V. Prelude III: Etwas gedehnt - Sehr feierlich - Etwas zogernd - Sehr breit
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) (an Orchestral Tribute, arr. H. de Vlieger): VI. Taufspruch: Langsam, doch leicht fliessend
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) (an Orchestral Tribute, arr. H. de Vlieger): VII. Zuge der Zunfte: Gleiche Bewegung - Allmahlich etwas belebter im Zeitmass - Ein wenig zuruckhaltend - Wieder im fruheren Zeitmass
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) (an Orchestral Tribute, arr. H. de Vlieger): VIII. Tanz der Lehrbuben: Lebhaft – Massiges Walzer-Zeitmass
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) (an Orchestral Tribute, arr. H. de Vlieger): IX. Aufzug der Meistersinger: Massig – Sehr massig und zogernd
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) (an Orchestral Tribute, arr. H. de Vlieger): X. Walther's Preislied: Sehr massig - Ein wenig zuruckhaltend - Allmahlich wieder in etwas bewegterem fruheren - Zeitmass - Zuruckhaltend - Sehr massig und zogernd
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) (an Orchestral Tribute, arr. H. de Vlieger): XI. Schlussgesang: Schnell - Massig bewegt - Etwas breiter
A Faust Overture
2 Entreactes tragiques (arr. H. de Vlieger): No. 1 in D major
2 Entreactes tragiques (arr. H. de Vlieger): No. 2 in C minor
Columbus: (arr. F. Mottl): Columbus: Overture (arr. F. Mottl)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Engaging, Excellent September 21, 2012 By Wil L W. (Richwood, TX) See All My Reviews "I think that these WAGNER programs on Chandos (Super Audio CD’s) are superb productions, with committed playing by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Neeme Jarvi. Henk de Vlieger’s arrangement of the orchestral synthesis of “Meistersinger” is beautifully crafted with much good material. The additional works are equally well played. The sound is excellent. I highly recommend this CD." Report Abuse
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