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Wagner-Gala / Abbado, Studer, Meier, Jerusalem, Terfel


Release Date: 06/04/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 439768   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Cheryl StuderBryn TerfelWaltraud MeierSiegfried Jerusalem
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This New Year's Eve concert is a notable improvement on its Strauss predecessor of 1992-at least as far as the singing is concerned. Cheryl Studer is heard in the two roles that brought her Wagnerian renown at Bayreuth in the 1980s. Her Greeting to the Hall of Song is as elating and sincere as it should be, sung with dignity and strength. Her Elsa, in the Act 2 encounter with Meier's scheming Ortrud, is even better, indeed a model of Wagnerian singing at its very best-lovely tone allied to refined dynamic and verbal shading, all exemplified in her sympathetic solo ''Du armste kannst wohl nie ermessen''.

The great discovery here, although not an unexpected one, is Terfel as a Wagnerian bass-baritone confirming all one dared
Read more hope of him in this field. His reading of Wolfram's song to the evening star, with an almost ideal welding of tone, line and words, deserves to be equated with those of, say, Husch and Fischer-Dieskau. This is deeply expressive, wholly natural singing of an artist coming into his prime. Terfel also has the ideal voice in weight and timbre for Sachs, one made for the part and the variety of colour and dynamics he brings to the Act 2 monologue is already remarkable. I sincerely hope he tackles this role before he essays the more dramatic Wotan.

-- Alan Blyth, Gramophone [5/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Tannhäuser: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1993 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 14 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Tannhäuser: Dich, teure Halle by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1993 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Tannhäuser: O, du mein holder Abendstern by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1993 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Lohengrin: Act 2, scene 2 by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Waltraud Meier (Mezzo Soprano), Cheryl Studer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1993 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 14 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection begins with "In ferner Einsamkeit des Waldes" and continues through "Um Gott, was klagest du mich an?" 
5.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1993 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 10 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Was duftet doch der Flieder by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1993 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Die Walküre: Act 1, Scene 3 by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Waltraud Meier (Mezzo Soprano), Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1993 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 16 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection begins "Dich, selige Frau..." 
8.
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1993 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 

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