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Richard Wagner - Great Recordings

Release Date: 02/26/2013 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 543504   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ben HeppnerDeborah VoigtJan-Hendrik RooteringBirgitta Svendén,   ... 
Conductor:  James LevineErich LeinsdorfMarek JanowskiJoseph Keilberth,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera ChorusMetropolitan Opera OrchestraBoston Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 40 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth, Sony Classical is proud to present Richard Wagner – Great Recordings. This new 40-CD box set includes complete operas and opera recitals along with orchestral works and piano transcriptions. Legendary artist featured in the set include Lauren Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Marek Janowski, Kirsten Flagstad, Lauritz Melchior, Helen Traubel, Peter Hofmann, Eva Martón, Martti Talvela, Gösta Winbergh, Eileen Farrell and Waltraud Meier, along with such world-renowned orchestras as the New York and Berlin Philharmonic. The CDs are packaged in mini-jackets featuring original album artwork and includes an 84-page booklet with complete track Read more listings.


Der fliegende Holländer
Morris, Voigt, Heppner, Rootering, Groves, Svenden
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra / James Levine

Kónya, Amara, Gorr, Dooley, Hines, Marsh
Boston Symphony Orchestra / Erich Leinsdorf

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Wiener, Thomas, Watson, Hotter, Kusche
Bayerisches Staatsorchester /Joseph Keilberth

Der Ring des Nibelungen
Altmeyer, Norman, Studer, Adam, Jerusalem, Kollo, Schreier
Staatskapelle Dresden / Marek Janowski

Uhl, Höngen, Ludwig, Berry, Hotter, Waechter, Franc Wiener
Staatsopernorchester / Herbert von Karajan


George Szell - Orchestral Music from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Der Ring des Nibelungen & Tristan und Isolde

Leopold Stokowski - Overtures and Orchestral Music from Das Rheingold, Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde & Die Walküre

Lorin Maazel - Lorin Maazel conducts Wagner & Tannhäuser without Words
Tal & Groethuysen - Piano Transcriptions for Four Hands


Die Walküre: Act 1
Hofmann, Martón, Talvela
New York Philharmonic / Zubin Mehta

Peter Hofmann - Arias from Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Rienzi, Siegfried, Tannhäuser & Die Walküre
Gosta Winbergh - Arias from Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Parsifal & Rienzi

Kirsten Flagstad & Lauritz Melchior - Arias and Duets from Götterdämmerung, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Tristan und Isolde & Die Walküre

Lauritz Melchior & Helen Traubel - Excerpts from Lohengrin, Rienzi & Tristan und Isolde

Eileen Farrell - Selections from Götterdämmerung, Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde, Wesendonck-Lieder

Waltraud Meier - Arias from Der fliegende Holländer, Götterdämmerung, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde & Die Walküre Read less

Works on This Recording

Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ben Heppner (Tenor), Deborah Voigt (Soprano), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Bass),
Birgitta Svendén (Mezzo Soprano), Paul Groves (Tenor), James Morris (Bass)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Language: German 
Lohengrin by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Sándor Kónya (Tenor), Lucine Amara (Soprano), Jerome Hines (Bass),
William Dooley (Baritone), Calvin Marsh (Baritone), Rita Gorr (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Chorus Pro Musica
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano), Kurt Moll (Bass), Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor),
Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano), Matti Salminen (Bass), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass Baritone),
Peter Schreier (Tenor), René Kollo (Tenor), Theo Adam (Bass),
Ortrun Wenkel (Mezzo Soprano), Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano), Lucia Popp (Soprano),
Ortrun Wenkel (Alto), Eberhard Büchner (Tenor), Jeanine Altmeyer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1874; Germany 
Venue:  St Luke's Church, Dresden 
Language: German 
Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Karl-Heinz Stryczek (Bass), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Theo Adam (Bass),
Christian Vogel (Tenor), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass Baritone), Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano),
Ortrun Wenkel (Alto), Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano), Roland Bracht (Bass),
Ute Priew (Mezzo Soprano), Lucia Popp (Soprano), Matti Salminen (Bass),
Marita Napier (Soprano), Eberhard Büchner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Venue:  St Luke's Church, Dresden 
Language: German 
Siegfried by Richard Wagner
Performer:  René Kollo (Tenor), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Matti Salminen (Bass),
Norma Sharp (Soprano), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass Baritone), Jeanine Altmeyer (Soprano),
Ortrun Wenkel (Alto), Theo Adam (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Venue:  St Luke's Church, Dresden 
Language: German 
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano), Ute Priew (Mezzo Soprano), Lucia Popp (Soprano),
Ruth Falcon (Soprano), Daphne Evangelatos (Mezzo Soprano), Anne Gjevang (Alto),
Ortrun Wenkel (Mezzo Soprano), Norma Sharp (Soprano), Jeanine Altmeyer (Soprano),
Matti Salminen (Bass), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass Baritone), René Kollo (Tenor),
Hans Günther Nöcker (Baritone)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871-1874; Germany 
Venue:  St Luke's Church, Dresden 
Language: German 
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ortrun Wenkel (Mezzo Soprano), Anne Gjevang (Alto), Ruth Falcon (Soprano),
Christel Borchers (Mezzo Soprano), Kathleen Kuhlmann (Alto), Ute Priew (Mezzo Soprano),
Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor), Kurt Moll (Bass), Jessye Norman (Soprano),
Theo Adam (Bass), Cheryl Studer (Soprano), Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano),
Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Soprano), Jeanine Altmeyer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Venue:  St Luke's Church, Dresden 
Language: German 
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Otto Wiener (Baritone), Jess Thomas (Tenor), Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone),
Claire Watson (Soprano), Benno Kusche (Bass)
Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1867; Germany 
Parsifal by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hilde Gueden (Soprano), Kostas Paskalis (Bass), Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone),
Tugomir Franc (Bass), Fritz Uhl (Tenor), Walter Berry (Baritone),
Liselotte Maikl (Soprano), Elisabeth Höngen (Mezzo Soprano), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone),
Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Margarete Sjösted (Alto), Erich Majkut (Tenor),
Kurt Equiluz (Bass), Ermanno Lorenzi (Tenor), Gundula Janowitz (Soprano),
Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano), Gerda Scheyrer (Soprano), Hilde Rössl-Majdan (Alto)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/01/1961 
Venue:  Live  State Opera House, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 236 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: German 
Tannhäuser: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Tannhäuser: Orchestral excerpt(s) by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  6 Customer Reviews )
 Fascinating Collection of Classic Wagner Recordin April 16, 2015 By E. O. P. (Fairfax, VA) See All My Reviews "Have to admit that three months after purchasing this large set I have still not listened to all of every one of its 40 CDs, but I have listened to most and sampled all of them and find it to be almost a definitive Wagner collection, especially for those of us who are not Wagner fanatics. It includes good recordings of the major operas as well as selections, sung and played by some of the best and most famous Wagnerian singers and orchestras of the past century, It greatly enhanced my previously scattershot collection of Wagner's music, and for the price it was a good acquisition. In the next few months I expect to listen to all of the tracks on all of the CDS, and I look forward to hearing them." Report Abuse
 Classics in Abundance ! January 16, 2015 By Joseph Erdeljac (West Chester, PA) See All My Reviews "Here is a wonderful set of some of the most classic and best recordings from the Met of Wagner's operatic creations. All of the singers are and were top performers of this repertoire. This set provides lovers of Wagner's works hours and hours of great listening pleasure. It is a plus to have many current as well as past singers who excelled in the performance of these wonderful works. Along with these great singers there is a mix of wonderful conductors and orchestras that excelled in this repertoire. This collection is not to be taken lightly and is a must for lovers of Richard Wagner and his craft." Report Abuse
 invaluable starter kit December 1, 2014 By Don D. (Albuquerque, NM) See All My Reviews "a great starter kit for those just starting to collect Wagner recordings. The Konya Lohengrin has yet to be beat and Rita Gorr's Ortrud is mighy powerful. Some of the other recordings are not the best out but still all the music is there and each recording contains a performance or two that really stands out." Report Abuse
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