Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

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Active: Bayreuth, Germany -
Richard Wagner's dream of a festival house for the performance of his music dramas took years to come to fruition. But when his vision was finally realized, the world's most-celebrated festival orchestra was also born. For the ceremonial laying of the theater's cornerstone on May 22, 1872, Wagner himself conducted a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, a tradition that is continued to this day by the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra each summer. Read more The members of the festival orchestra are chosen from among Europe's best musicians, with certain traditions holding sway for generations, such as the use of horn players from the Vienna Philharmonic. The orchestra members are positioned in the theater as Wagner insisted: in a cavernous room below the stage, completely invisible to the audience. The special acoustics of this configuration make each performance at Bayreuth a unique experience. Read less
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  • 1.
    The Originals - Legendary Recordings from Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002171502 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Pierre Fournier,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  David Oistrakh,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Franz Konwitschny,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 2.
    Wagner: Tannhauser  / Sawallisch, Windgassen, Fischer-dieskau, Bumbry
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 888143 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Wolfgang Windgassen,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Josef Greindl,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 3.
    Richard Wagner: Die Walkure / Knappertsbusch, Bayreuth
    Label: Walhall   Catalog: 247 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Astrid Varnay,  Hans Hotter,  Jon Vickers,  Leonie Rysanek  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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  • 4.
    Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander / Selig, Merbeth, Muzek, Thielemann, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1140 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Franz-Josef Selig,  Tomislav Muzek,  Ricarda Merbeth,  Christa Mayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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    Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander / Selig, Merbeth, Muzek, Thielemann, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7147 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Franz-Josef Selig,  Tomislav Muzek,  Ricarda Merbeth,  Christa Mayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 6.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Sinopoli, Struckmann, Holle, Sotin, Elming, Bayreuther Festspiele [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 715804 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Poul Elming,  Falk Struckmann,  Linda Watson,  Hans Sotin  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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    Wagner: Parsifal / Knappertsbusch, Modl, Windgassen, London
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 5161 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hermann Uhde,  Ludwig Weber,  George London,  Wolfgang Windgassen  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 8.
    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Clemens Krauss
    Label: Gala   Catalog: 999791 Release Date: 11/01/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Erich Witte,  Gisela Litz,  Josef Greindl,  Ira Malaniuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 10.
    Wagner: Lohengrin / Thomas, Silja, Varnay, Sawallisch
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001895602 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jess Thomas,  Anja Silja,  Ramon Vinay,  Franz Crass  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 11.
    My Wagner Album / Christian Thielemann
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001884102 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Paul Schöffler,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Thomas Stewart,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Christian Thielemann,  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 12.
    Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde / Karajan, Vinay, Modl, Hotter, Vinay
    Label: United Classics   Catalog: 2012131 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Ludwig Weber,  Martha Mödl,  Hans Hotter,  Ramon Vinay  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 13.
    Great Wagner Singers [6-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001826302 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Sieglinde Wagner,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Gundula Janowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser,  Wilhelm Pitz,  Ferdinand Leitner,  Richard Kraus  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus  ... 
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  • 14.
    Richard Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen - Great Scenes
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 9011 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Andrew Shore,  Albert Dohmen,  Ralf Lukas,  Endrik Wottrich  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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    Wagner: Das Rheingold / Bohm, Windgassen, Adam
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001820702 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Wolfgang Windgassen,  Theo Adam,  Gustav Neidlinger,  Annelies Burmeister  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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    Wagner: Siegfried / Bohm, Windgassen, Nilsson, Adam
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001820802 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Theo Adam,  Erwin Wohlfahrt,  Erika Köth,  Vera Soukupová  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Furtwangler, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 851121 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Gré Brouwenstijn,  Ira Malaniuk,  Wolfgang Windgassen,  Ludwig Weber
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 18.
    Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Varnay, Hotter, Windgassen, Krauss
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1504 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Josef Greindl,  Astrid Varnay  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 19.
    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Barenboim, Bayreuth Festival [blu-ray]
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4755 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  John Tomlinson,  Birgitta Svendén,  Graham Clark,  Günter von Kannen  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 20.
    Wagner: Lohengrin / Jochum, Windgassen, Nilsson, Varnay, Adam, Fischer-Dieskau, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 7086 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Wolfgang Windgassen,  Franz Crass,  Birgit Nilsson,  Toni Blankenheim  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 21.
    Voices Of German Opera
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40497 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Heinrich Marschner  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Edda Moser,  Kurt Moll,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Langrée,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Berislav Klobucar,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Wagner: Lohengrin / Nelsons, Vogt, Zeppenfeld, Dasch, Rasilainen [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7103 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jukka Rasilainen,  Klaus Florian Vogt,  Georg Zeppenfeld,  Annette Dasch  ... 
    Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 23.
    Wagner: Lohengrin / Nelsons, Vogt, Zeppenfeld, Dasch, Rasilainen, Lang
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1071 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Annette Dasch,  Georg Zeppenfeld,  Klaus Florian Vogt,  Jukka Rasilainen  ... 
    Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 24.
    Wagner: Gotterdammerung / Bohm, Nilsson, Windgassen, Greindl
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001651702 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Josef Greindl,  Wolfgang Windgassen,  Sieglinde Wagner,  Marga Höffgen  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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    Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Vinay, Varnay, Malaniuk, Jochum
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 9059 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Theo Adam,  Gerhard Stolze,  Hasso Eschert,  Ira Malaniuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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