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Wagner: Orchestral Music / Herbert Von Karajan, Berlin Po


Release Date: 04/06/2004 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 62772   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are splendid Wagner performances, full of guts and devoid of the fussiness and overly smooth legato that so often make Karajan's recordings a chore. I have always preferred his Berlin EMI recordings to his DG efforts, on the whole. There are times when the Berlin Philharmonic sounds like a different orchestra, with brass that don't all lump together (check out the opening of The Flying Dutchman or the Tannhäuser Overture), and climaxes that benefit from more-than-usual bite.


Karajan begins with a noble but fluid Meistersinger Prelude, whips the Venusberg Bacchanal into a fine if silly-sounding lather (Wagner's fault, not Karajan's), adds a noble Lohengrin Prelude, and concludes with a marvelously lush
Read more Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde. It goes without saying that the strings play magnificently throughout, but they are much better balanced against the rest of the ensemble than was Karajan's wont, and EMI's remastered sound has great richness and immediacy. No Wagner collection should be without this disc.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Der fliegende Holländer: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (09/1974 - 10/1974) 
2. Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (09/1974 - 10/1974) 
3. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (09/1974 - 10/1974) 
4. Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Language: German 
Notes: Ver: music for Venusberg is taken from the Paris version
Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (09/1974 - 10/1974) 
5. Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (09/1974 - 10/1974) 
6. Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (09/1974 - 10/1974) 

Sound Samples

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Overture (2000 Digital Remaster)
Tannhäuser (2000 Digital Remaster)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Prelude (Act 1)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Prelude (Act 3)
Der Fliegende Holländer - Overture (2000 Digital Remaster)
Tristan und Isolde - Prelude and Liebstod (2000 Digital Remaster)

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