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Wagner: Overtures And Preludes / Barenboim, Chicago So


Release Date: 01/09/1996 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 99595   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is something about Wagner orchestral anthologies that, even today, prompts in me a certain strain of primal excitement - an anticipation, perhaps, of reliving the astonishment I felt on first hearing the Overtures and Preludes to Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger and Tannhäuser. And here they are yet again, warmly dispatched by an ardent Wagnerian who has already impressed us with his complete Teldec recordings of Tristan (9/95), Parsfal(l0/9l)and The Ring (10/93 and 10/94).

I much preferred this particular compilation to Barenboim's earlier Chicago Wagner miscellany (on Erato, and devoted to 'bleeding chunks' from The Ring). The Flying Dutchman Overture has plenty of urgency and I was warmed by a lavishly Stokowskian
Read more string portamento just prior to the final climax (at 1042"). Tannhäuser's solemn opening is taken at a very broad tempo, and yet the main body of musical activity ("from the world of Mount Venus", to quote Marion Bless's intelligent annotation) surges forth with considerable aplomb. Lohengrin's First Act Prelude arches to pleasingly homogeneous brass (something of a rarity in Chicago - at least on disc), whereas the Prelude to Act 3 sounds just a fraction too fast. On the other hand, the Meistersinger Prelude, although sonorous and sensitively phrased, could have benefited from an extra shot of adrenalin. Best of all is the Tristan Prelude and Liebestod, a rapt, lovingly expressed and beautifully controlled reading and proof beyond doubt that Daniel Barenboim is among the most sympathetic Wagner conductors of the 1990s.

-- Gramophone [4/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/07/1994 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 10 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2.
Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/07/1994 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/26/1992 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 10 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4.
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/16/1993 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 17 Minutes 10 Secs. 
5.
Der fliegende Holländer: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/07/1994 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 11 Minutes 4 Secs. 
6.
Tannhäuser: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/07/1994 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 15 Minutes 26 Secs. 

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