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Wagner: Orchestral Music / Levine, The Met Orchestra


Release Date: 09/16/1997 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 447764   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Breathtaking, lovingly shaped, haunting and magical.

The best compliment one can pay...is that the voices are not really missed with the music in the hands of such [an] experienced Wagnerian as [Levine]... [The Met Orchestra] take[s] full advantage of the limelight and play[s] with full-blooded sound and sumptuous textures... Levine...is well known both on disc and video for his Met Ring. The DG sound is very forward, the impact of Walküre breathtaking after the warm vibrato of the strings in the Lohengrin Prelude. For the rest, the bird calls in ‘Forest Murmurs’ are lovingly shaped, Hans Sachs’s sombre mood is clearly phrased in horns and cellos in the Meistersinger Act III Prelude after a searing ‘Liebestod’ from
Read more Tristan and, to conclude, the oboe is haunting and appropriately magical in the Good Friday Music from Parsifal.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Christopher Fifield, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
2.
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
3.
Siegfried: Aber, wie sah meine Mutter... "Forest Murmurs" by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
4.
Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
5.
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
6.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
7.
Parsifal: Du wuschest mir die Füsse "Good Friday Music" by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 

Sound Samples

Lohengrin: Prelude To Act I
Die Walküre / Dritter Aufzug: The Ride Of The Valkyries
Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug: Waldweben
Götterdämmerung - Concert version / Dritter Aufzug: Siegfried's Funeral March
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude And Liebestod
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg / Act 3: Prelude
Parsifal / Act 3: Karfreitagszauber

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