Wagner: Complete Overtures & Orchestral Music from the Operas

Release Date: 3/25/2016
Catalog Number: BRI94937
Composer: Richard Wagner
Number of Discs: 3

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This release boasts excerpts from Wagner’s best known dramatic works, including Parsifal, Tristan und Isolde and Der Ring des Nibelungen, but also less performed operas Rienzi and Die Feen, which both feature splendid overtures. The selection also showcases one of Wagner’s most popular ensemble works; the superb Siegfried Idyll, written as a birthday present to his second wife and performed on Christmas Day 1870. A highly personal piece, Wagner later incorporated some of the material into his opera Siegfried. The first two CDs are performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, established in London in 1945. A world-class orchestra with thousands of recordings to its name, the ensemble is directed here by Russian conductor Yuri Simonov, best known for becoming the youngest ever chief conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre when he was appointed at the age of just 29. The final CD brings together some of the finest orchestras from across Europe, as well as the prestigious St Louis Symphony Orchestra, in historical recordings that have certainly stood the test of time.
Works on This Recording
1. Parsifal: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1882 ; Germany
2. Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856 ; Germany
3. Siegfried: Forest Murmurs [Instrumental] by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Germany
4. Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey [Part 1] by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1874 ; Germany
5. Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey [Part 2] by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1874 ; Germany
6. Götterdämmerung: Trauermusik by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1874 ; Germany
7. Tristan und Isolde: Liebestod [Instrumental] by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Germany
8. Rienzi: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840-1843 ; Germany
9. Der fliegende Holländer: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841/1852 ; Germany
10. Tannhäuser: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861 ; Germany
11. Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
12. Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Yuri Simonov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
13. Das Liebesverbot: Overture by Richard Wagner
Period: Romantic
Written: 1836 ; Germany
14. Die Feen: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Alois Springer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1834 ; Germany
15. Parsifal: Good Friday Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Jerzy Semkow
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1882 ; Germany
16. Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1870 ; Germany
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