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Wagner: Orchestral Excerpts Vol 1 / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony

Wagner / Seattle Sym / Schwarz
Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572767   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Originally released on Delos in the late 1980s and early ’90s, these recordings have held up quite well sonically, sounding today more or less newly-minted. The Flying Dutchman overture makes for an imposing opening as it showcases the sweet, ringing sound of the Seattle Symphony strings. The Ring of the Nibelungen makes up the remainder of the program, and here the rest of the orchestra gets its turn to show off. The brass in particular impresses—it’s a lighter sound perhaps than what we usually hear from the Vienna Philharmonic or the Met Orchestra in this music, but Wagnerian nonetheless. In the midst of the wonderfully glittering winds and strings in Magic Fire Music, the brass interlude sounds with satisfying richness. Read more Götterdämmerung gets compressed into a 26-minute synthesis that works rather well. Gerard Schwarz’s Seattle Opera Ring experience shows in these excerpts, although I found his Siegfried’s Funeral March a bit too swift. And although he stirs up a goodly noise in the closing Immolation Scene, he doesn’t come close to Levine’s heaven-storming fury. That aside, this is still a highly enjoyable disc that, at the Naxos price, you shouldn’t hesitate to add to your collection (provided that you first have Szell on Sony).

Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
2.
Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
3.
Siegfried: Forest Murmurs [Instrumental] by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
4.
Die Walküre: Leb' wohl..."Farewell and Magic Fire music" by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
5.
Der fliegende Holländer: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 

Sound Samples

Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman): Overture
Das Rheingold (arr. H. Zumpe for orchestra): Das Rheingold, Scene 4: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla (arr. H. Zumpe for orchestra)
Die Walkure: Act III: Leb' wohl ... Loge hor! Lausche hieher, "Wotan's Farewell" - Feuerzauber (Magic Fire music)
Siegfried (arr. W. Hutschenruyter for orchestra): Siegfried, Act II: Forest Murmurs (arr. W. Hutschenruyter for orchestra)
Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods): Act I: Dawn - Siegfried's Rhine Journey - Act III: Siegfried's Funeral March - Finale

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