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Siegfried-Idyll/Orchestral Mus

Richard Wagner Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen, opera, WWV 49: Overture
2. TannhÃuser, opera, WWV 70: Overture
3. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Act. 3. Prelude
4. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 1. Prelude
5. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 3. Prelude
6. Die Meistersinger von NÃ1/4rnberg, opera, WWV 96: Prelude
7. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Act 3. Dance of the Apprentices & Entry of the Masters
8. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. Prelude
Disc: 2
1. Der fliegende HollÃnder (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63: Overture
2. Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Scene 4. Entry of the Gods into Valhalla
3. Die WalkÃ1/4re (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 3. Ride of the Valkyries
4. Siegfried Idyll, for small orchestra in E major, WWV 103
5. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 2. Forest Murmurs
6. Die GötterdÃmmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Interlude: Siegfried's Rhine Journey
7. Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Act 3. Siegfried's Funeral March
8. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Prelude

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Mistah Klemps" is a Winner, Here! April 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
As many others, I normally do not care for Wagnerian "bleeding chunks", but when performed as wonderfully as in these fabulous performances, I can more than merely accept them. To pick out some examples, the Meistersinger Prelude is taken surely at the broadest pace I have ever heard, but there is a lightness of touch and sunniness to the interpretation that is absolutely irresistable. Teh Tannhaeuser Overture is overwhelmingly majestic in the Pilgrims' Chorus and volatile in the Venusberg sections. Siegfried goes off on a surprisingly swift Rhine Journey, and the Funeral March has the kind of cataclismic force that Knappertsbusch brought to his famous 1951 Bayreuth performance. The Siegfried Idyll is performed in its original chamber group version, and has more charm than any other I have heard. And the Tristan Prelude and Liebestod has an urgency and sheer erotic impulse that not even Furtwaengler surpassed. These wonderful renditions make one regret that Big Otto never recorded any of the later Wagner Operas complete.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Place To Start! Nov. 29 2002
Format:Audio CD
Since his music is so controversial & demanding, it's probably cruel to introduce a person to Wagner by first experiencing one of his operas. Personally, I've fallen in love with Wagner's earlier Romantic operas & later music dramas. This passion, however, wasn't linear, and I spent a lot of time skipping through sections that I didn't particularly appreciate until rather late in the game. If that makes me a slow developer, fair enough. It also puts me in with the majority of people who grow to love this operatic genius. This 2-disc set is the perfect way to determine if you would like to delve further.
Klemperer's brooding conducting is perfect for the sheer weight of many of these pieces. The Gotterdammerung selections are absolutely perfect! The prelude to Parsifal is also stunning, as is the Tristan prelude & Isolde's liebestod!
Wagner's popular mid-period Tannhauser & Lohengrin selections range from lusty (Tann. overture, Lohengrin prelude act 3) to sublime (Lohengrin prelude act 1) The ever-popular Meistersinger is well represented with the regal overture (minus the Lutheran choral music, unfortunately) and the exquisite Dance of the Apprentices/Entry of the Masters.
The towering Ring selections include the perennial potboiler Ride of the Valkyries, albeit in severely abbreviated form. Donner's powerful "aria" (without words) w/ the final march from Rheingold is present, along with a gorgeous Forest Murmurs from Siegfried and a spectacular selection from Wagner's greatest, Gotterdammerung.
Early Wagner selections from Rienzi and Der fliegende Hollander tend towards the more bombastic side; but hey, if your neighbor plays really annoying rap music at high volume, you can always counter it with these selections. I can guarantee you they'll stop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive orchestal Wagner... Nov. 13 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Wether you love Wagner operas or just his orchestal music or even if you are new to Wagner's music, this is the definitive orchestal recording to have. This 2 CD set contains 157 minutes of the best orchestal Wagner ever available. The Philharmonia Orchestra under the batoon of Otto Klemperer plays perfect, the tempi is slow but not boring, in fact with a lot of feeling and the sound is amazing. The Siegfried Idyll is played with small amount of instruments, just as Wagner intended it to be played. The works in this set are not limited just to the tipical overtures and preludes as other CD's are, it includes more orchestal music from the best known Wagner operas; it does not include music from "Die Feen" or "Das Liebesverbot" or other works as "Faust" overture, etc, but is an excellent set that you will make one of your favorites since the first time you listen.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Wagner orchestral music Feb. 4 2006
By Ytzan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have these CDs for almost 15 years before they became a 2-CD set and still play them regularly. Got to know Wagner from the classical Furtwangler cycle, for many the best Wagner music ever recorded. Although Furtwangler is exceptional I do not think that it can surpass these accounts of Klemperer's Wagner. The sound of my CDs is not that great (something that probably has been fixed in these CDs) but the music is illumining in every instance. If you listen to this Tannhuaser you will understand what I am talking about. The Philharmonia Orchestra under Klemperer works miracles as always. A must have for every music-lover, even if you hate Wagner.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Place To Start! Nov. 29 2002
By Joseph Kimsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Since his music is so controversial & demanding, it's probably cruel to introduce a person to Wagner by first experiencing one of his operas. Personally, I've fallen in love with Wagner's earlier Romantic operas & later music dramas. This passion, however, wasn't linear, and I spent a lot of time skipping through sections that I didn't particularly appreciate until rather late in the game. If that makes me a slow developer, fair enough. It also puts me in with the majority of people who grow to love this operatic genius. This 2-disc set is the perfect way to determine if you would like to delve further.
Klemperer's brooding conducting is perfect for the sheer weight of many of these pieces. The Gotterdammerung selections are absolutely perfect! The prelude to Parsifal is also stunning, as is the Tristan prelude & Isolde's liebestod!
Wagner's popular mid-period Tannhauser & Lohengrin selections range from lusty (Tann. overture, Lohengrin prelude act 3) to sublime (Lohengrin prelude act 1) The ever-popular Meistersinger is well represented with the regal overture (minus the Lutheran choral music, unfortunately) and the exquisite Dance of the Apprentices/Entry of the Masters.
The towering Ring selections include the perennial potboiler Ride of the Valkyries, albeit in severely abbreviated form. Donner's powerful "aria" (without words) w/ the final march from Rheingold is present, along with a gorgeous Forest Murmurs from Siegfried and a spectacular selection from Wagner's greatest, Gotterdammerung.
Early Wagner selections from Rienzi and Der fliegende Hollander tend towards the more bombastic side; but hey, if your neighbor plays really annoying rap music at high volume, you can always counter it with these selections. I can guarantee you they'll stop.
In order that the eardrums don't bleed too profusely, Wagner's chamber piece, the Siegfried-Idyll is included and is played with a refreshing lightness of touch.
Perhaps the most exciting experience one can have listening to this music is witnessing this astonishing progression of genius. From Rienzi to Parsifal, no artist (with the possible exception of Beethoven) has progressed so far from the heroic to the sublime. This is truly timeless music.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive orchestal Wagner... Nov. 13 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wether you love Wagner operas or just his orchestal music or even if you are new to Wagner's music, this is the definitive orchestal recording to have. This 2 CD set contains 157 minutes of the best orchestal Wagner ever available. The Philharmonia Orchestra under the batoon of Otto Klemperer plays perfect, the tempi is slow but not boring, in fact with a lot of feeling and the sound is amazing. The Siegfried Idyll is played with small amount of instruments, just as Wagner intended it to be played. The works in this set are not limited just to the tipical overtures and preludes as other CD's are, it includes more orchestal music from the best known Wagner operas; it does not include music from "Die Feen" or "Das Liebesverbot" or other works as "Faust" overture, etc, but is an excellent set that you will make one of your favorites since the first time you listen.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Aug. 10 2004
By S. Greer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There is absolutely nothing wrong with Klemperer's interpretation of this music and, for the most part, the playing of the orchestra. However, when performing to such a high standard, the playing of the Philharmonia Orchestra should be seamless - as it frequently is. But there is alarming sloppiness on exposed wind entrances sometimes and even disunity on such exits, which make this wind-player's ears cringe.

Other than that, I joyfully recommend this recording along with James Levine's MET "Wagner Orchestral music" and "Wagner Overtures and Preludes", which have much of the same music in modern sound and with spotless technique in the orchestra. A comparison between the two interpretations is worthy; Klemperer's approach is spacious a deep, while Levine, though calling for similar tempi in many places, leans tremendously forward.

Summary: some inexcusable blurbs in the winds, but more than worth the price of admission overall.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Mistah Klemps" is a Winner, Here! April 2 2004
By Ralph J. Steinberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As many others, I normally do not care for Wagnerian "bleeding chunks", but when performed as wonderfully as in these fabulous performances, I can more than merely accept them. To pick out some examples, the Meistersinger Prelude is taken surely at the broadest pace I have ever heard, but there is a lightness of touch and sunniness to the interpretation that is absolutely irresistable. Teh Tannhaeuser Overture is overwhelmingly majestic in the Pilgrims' Chorus and volatile in the Venusberg sections. Siegfried goes off on a surprisingly swift Rhine Journey, and the Funeral March has the kind of cataclismic force that Knappertsbusch brought to his famous 1951 Bayreuth performance. The Siegfried Idyll is performed in its original chamber group version, and has more charm than any other I have heard. And the Tristan Prelude and Liebestod has an urgency and sheer erotic impulse that not even Furtwaengler surpassed. These wonderful renditions make one regret that Big Otto never recorded any of the later Wagner Operas complete.
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