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Reiner Conducts Wagner / Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 06/11/2007 
Label:  Rca Victor Gold Seal Catalog #: 61792   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard WagnerEngelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraRCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There’s no question that these performances must rank among the most gripping in the catalogue.

Tantalisingly brief chunks that make one regret all the more that Reiner never made a studio recording of a complete Wagner opera. There’s no question that these performances must rank among the most gripping in the catalogue. Not only is the playing stunningly disciplined in execution, but Reiner manages to draw an infinite range of colours from the orchestra. Sound quality in the earlier RCA Victor Orchestra sessions is more variable, but it does not detract in any way from the obvious attractions of this release.

-- Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine
There’s no question that these performances must rank among the most gripping in the catalogue.

Tantalisingly brief chunks that make one regret all the more that Reiner never made a studio recording of a complete Wagner opera. There’s no question that these performances must rank among the most gripping in the catalogue. Not only is the playing stunningly disciplined in execution, but Reiner manages to draw an infinite range of colours from the orchestra. Sound quality in the earlier RCA Victor Orchestra sessions is more variable, but it does not detract in any way from the obvious attractions of this release.

-- Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/18/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 9 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: This is a stereo recording. 
2.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/18/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: This is a stereo recording. 
3.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Dance of the Apprentices by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/18/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: This is a stereo recording. 
4.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Entry of the Mastersingers by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/18/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: This is a stereo recording. 
5.
Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/18/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 13 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: This is a stereo recording. 
6.
Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/18/1959 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 8 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: This is a stereo recording. 
7.
Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/19/1950 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, NYC, USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: This is a mono recording. 
8.
Tannhäuser: Festival March by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/19/1950 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, NYC, USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: This is a mono recording. 
9.
Hänsel und Gretel: Dream pantomime by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/19/1950 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, NYC, USA 
Length: 9 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: This is a mono recording. 

Featured Sound Samples

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Act III: Prelude
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Entry of the Mastersingers
Götterdämmerung (Wagner): Siegfried's Funeral Music

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