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Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder, Overtures / Brueggergosman, Welser-Most, Cleveland


Release Date: 07/27/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001450302  
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Measha Brueggergosman
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

First things first. Make sure to turn up the volume when playing this low-level live recording, lest you get the impression that nothing's going on performance-wise. And there's plenty going on: Measha Brueggergosman's rich, creamy voice, with its solid core and ringing top notes perfectly suits Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder. Her deeply felt, finely nuanced singing captures the longing and tenderness embedded in these Tristan-esque songs. Franz Welser-Möst leads sensitive accompaniments with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Sensitivity is a factor in the purely orchestral part of the program as well. Welser-Möst employs a lighter touch than we are used to hearing in this music, which, combined with the Cleveland's famed
Read more ensemble clarity makes for a Tristan und Isolde Prelude and (especially) Liebestod that sound strikingly like Debussy.

Welser-Möst's nimble style may cause some discomfort for fans of George Szell's Wagner recordings. Where's the weighty tone, the measured pacing, and the grandeur? I initially had these same concerns, but as I listened I began to see the value in Welser-Möst's fresh approach: Wagner here sounds spry and youthful in contrast to the grand old man we usually encounter. The swift and sure Ride of the Valkyries gives more the impression of an actual flight, while Lohengrin's Act 3 prelude crackles with excited energy. That said, the Rienzi prelude could do with more tension and focus (not that there's much that can be done with this awkward, quasi-Lisztian piece). The Cleveland Orchestra, with its tight, piercing brass and soaring strings, plays fabulously throughout. Overall it's an enjoyable program, just make sure you crank up the volume.

-- Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Wesendonck Lieder by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Measha Brueggergosman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
2.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
3.
Rienzi: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1843; Germany 
4.
Das Liebesverbot: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
5.
Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
6.
Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
7.
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
8.
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
9.
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 

Sound Samples

Rienzi: Overture
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Lohengrin / Act 3: Prelude to Act III
Lohengrin: Prelude to Act I
Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice: Der Engel
Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice: Stehe still
Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice: Im Treibhaus
Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice: Schmerzen
Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice: Träume
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude
Die Walküre / Dritter Aufzug: The Ride of the Valkyries

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