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Wagner: Siegfried Idyll, Etc; Strauss / Andre Cluytens, Etc


Release Date: 04/08/2003 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1255   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard WagnerRichard Strauss
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera OrchestraVienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the second disc of Wagner excerpts reissued by Testament featuring André Cluytens and the Orchestra of the National Theater of the Paris Opera. I have finally figured out why French orchestras at the end of the 1950s and beginning of the '60s never have received the recognition that they deserve from English-speaking critics. It's because their names are so long that no one can remember them and the good orchestras routinely get confused with the bad ones. Why not just lump them all together and call them "L'Orchestre National de France de la Radiodiffusion et Television du Théâtre de l'Opéra et de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris et Lamoureux"? Then we can't Read more possibly be confused. Okay, it was just a suggestion.


So here we have three absolutely stunning items, beginning with a Siegfried Idyll that has all of the requisite qualities of purity and serenity, a really vivacious middle section and climax, a heavenly conclusion, and conducting that represents that very apex of Wagner's "art of perpetual transition". It's a marvel, even down to the very, very French woodwind-like timbre of the solo horn. The same positive attributes characterize Siegfried's Rhine Journey (the point at which the music crashes into the actual Rhine leitmotif is unforgettable), and the Funeral Music, hugely grand but with a characteristically French sheen--and vibrato--to the brass, the clarity of the harp parts adding a truly bardic quality. The Forest Murmers are either unkillable or intolerable, depending on your perspective, but either way the music just plays itself.


Here's an excellent chance to make some topical comparisons and hear for yourself just how wonderfully the French orchestra plays Wagner, because Testament thoughtfully includes two Strauss items with a distinctly less-glamorous-sounding Vienna Philharmonic from exactly the same period (1958/59). Sure, they know the music and play it well, as might be expected. Don Juan gets a thoroughly idiomatic reading, by turns virtuosic and poetic, while the love music from Feuersnot stands as an appealing rarity. But no way do they eclipse the French band in terms of textural transparency, rhythmic zest, bright and committed percussion (whenever the Viennese use percussion they almost always sound embarrassed), and sectional balance. The perfectly remastered mono sound represents no barrier whatsoever to enjoyment of these marvelous performances. Vive la France!
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Siegfried: Forest Murmurs [Instrumental] by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
2.
Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Germany 
3.
Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
4.
Feuersnot, Op 50: Love Scene by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; Germany 
5.
Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
6.
Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 

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