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Wagner: Orchestral Excerpts Vol 3 / Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony

Wagner / Marc / Seattle Sym / Schwarz
Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572769   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Alessandra Marc
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Themes of love and passion dominate these orchestral excerpts from Wagner’s music dramas. The legend of Tannhäuser contrasts the sensual allure of Venus with the ideals of courtly love and religious devotion. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg pits an inspired but rash young singer against the traditions of the old masters in a song competition, with a beautiful girl as the prize. Tristan und Isolde, based on one of the world’s great love stories, is considered Wagner’s most revolutionary work, seamlessly blending themes of love and death into a shattering apotheosis. Gerard Schwarz’s other selections of Wagner excerpts can be found on 8.572767 and 8.572768. Themes of love and passion dominate these orchestral excerpts from Wagner’s music dramas. The legend of Tannhäuser contrasts the sensual allure of Venus with the ideals of courtly love and religious devotion. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg pits an inspired but rash young singer against the traditions of the old masters in a song competition, with a beautiful girl as the prize. Tristan und Isolde, based on one of the world’s great love stories, is considered Wagner’s most revolutionary work, seamlessly blending themes of love and death into a shattering apotheosis. Gerard Schwarz’s other selections of Wagner excerpts can be found on 8.572767 and 8.572768. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Dance of the Apprentices by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
2.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Entry of the Mastersingers by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
3.
Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
4.
Tristan und Isolde: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Germany 
5.
Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise "Liebestod" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Alessandra Marc (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Language: German 
6.
Tristan und Isolde: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
7.
Tristan und Isolde: Einsam wachend...Habet Acht! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Alessandra Marc (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Tannhauser: Overture - Venusberg Music
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg): Act III: Prelude - Dance of the Apprentices - Procession of the Meistersingers
Tristan und Isolde: Act I: Prelude
Tristan und Isolde: Act II: Einsam wachend in der Nacht (Brangane)
Tristan und Isolde: Act III: Prelude
Tristan und Isolde: Act III: Mild und leise wie er lachelt, "Liebestod" (Isolde)

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