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Wagner: Overtures And Preludes / Haitink, Concertgebouw


Release Date: 04/03/1998 
Label:  Philips Silverline Classics Catalog #: 420886   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Whatever you may think of orchestral bits of Wagner, you will have to admit that this present collection is handsomely played (a full and gorgeous Concertgebouw sound) and nobly interpreted. In the Meistersinger piece I may like lots of notes played more tenuto but in that glorious passage from bar 59 there is a wonderful glow and increasing tension that completely captured me. The "Preislied" is played swiftly and unsentimentally (and rightly so), yet is moving because of the violins' quality of soft sound and its sensitive shaping, with lots of thoughtful detail. The famous combination of the three main themes comes off splendidly—but then, it always is clearer on a record than it can be in the concert hall. The end is a little Read more odd, for Haitink inserts the two extra chords, as at the end of the opera, but doesn't keep the timpani roll which, unless my memory is at fault, accompanies them there.

A pity that Haitink likes to attach the end of Tristan to its beginning, when Wagner has written such an exquisite few bars to round off the Prelude: but one must admire the way he doesn't whip-up the emotion as soon as possible but builds both pieces splendidly. The quiet playing is most beautiful—and is beautifully recorded.

-- Gramophone [12/1975, reviewing the opera excerpts on LP]

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Siegfried Idyll is played...con amore, wafted at us like a benediction... Perhaps Wagnerians should continue to go to Karajan...but the Haitink is glorious, too—generous, dedicated, often inspired. By any standards, a noble reading.

-- Gramophone [1/1980, reviewing the Siegfried Idyll on LP]
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Works on This Recording

1. Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
2. Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
3. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
4. Parsifal: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
5. Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Germany 
6. Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 

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