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Wagner: Tannhauser Without Words / Maazel, Pittsburgh SO

Release Date: 09/26/1991 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 47178   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra play with tremendous collective virtuosity in the Venusburg music, while the resplendent grandeur of the brass in the Pilgrims' hymn is quite magnificent... The recording, made at the orchestra's home, Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, is certainly less overwhelming in its effect than the earlier Telarc disc, but if anything, its resourceful stage-management of spatial effects offers much more to interest the ear than mere bombast! This quality is readily apparent with the thrilling entry of the off-stage trumpets as they summon the nobles into the Hall of Song at the Wartburg in readiness for the great contest in Act 2. All the majesty of the playing is brilliantly captured on this recording, and the Pittsburgh Read more orchestra can certainly stand comparison with the great Wagnerian orchestras in the sumptuous Teutonic nobility of their playing. Wolfram's famous aria from the Third Act, "Oh star of Eve", has been recast for solo cello, and the principal player of the Pittsburgh Symphony deserves credit for a liquid and touching evocation of this memorable passage...

-- Gramophone [4/1992]
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Works on This Recording

Tannhäuser: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Tannhäuser: Orchestral excerpt(s) by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Lorin Maazel 

Sound Samples

Overture: Andante maestoso
Act I
Act II

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Very Enjoyable August 28, 2012 By W. Wilborn (Richwood, TX) See All My Reviews "I am a classical music lover without formal musical education, and have an extensive collection. I particularly enjoy classical music of the Romantic style. I enjoy orchestrated excepts from operas, I don't care for the voices except for the chorus parts. I find this orchestrated symphonic synthesis of "Tannhaeuser" very enjoyable. I would recommend this issue for Wagner music lovers like me." Report Abuse
 Worthwhile recording April 21, 2012 By Carleton S. (Columbia, MO) See All My Reviews "As an instrumentalist, I sometimes am bothered by the extreme demands, often unmet or met with obvious difficulty, placed on operatic singers. Consequently, this arrangement gives me the music of Wagner's Tannhauser without the vocal problems. I enjoyed it very much and found the arrangement to be faithful to Wagner's great work. I highly recommend this arrangement and performance to all who would sacrifice the words of Tannhauser for an unstrained performance of the music." Report Abuse
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