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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde - Prelude to Act 1. Langsam und smachtendLondon Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis11:47Album Only
listen  2. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Act 3 - "Mild und leise wie er lächelt" (Isoldes Liebestod)Jessye Norman and London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis 7:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice - Der EngelJessye Norman and London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice - Stehe stillJessye Norman and London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice - Im TreibhausJessye Norman and London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis 7:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice - SchmerzenJessye Norman and London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice - TräumeJessye Norman and London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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listen  1. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 2 - "Ich sah das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust"James Levine and Jessye Norman and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 6:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 2 - Wehe! Wehe! Was tat ich? Wo war ich? (Parsifal, Kundry)James Levine and Jessye Norman and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Plácido Domingo 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 2 - Grausamer! Fühlst du im Herzen nur and'rer Schmerzen (Kundry)James Levine and Jessye Norman and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 6:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 1 - "Einsam in trüben Tagen"Hans Sotin and Jessye Norman and Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker 4:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 2 - "Euch Lüften, die mein Klagen"Eva Randová and Jessye Norman and Siegmund Nimsgern and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - "Das süße Lied verhallt"Jessye Norman and Plácido Domingo and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - "Fühl' ich zu dir so süß mein Herz entbrennen"Jessye Norman and Plácido Domingo and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker 6:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - "Atmest du nicht mit mir die süßen Düfte?"Jessye Norman and Plácido Domingo and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker 4:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - "Höchstes Vertraun hast du mir schon zu danken"Jessye Norman and Plácido Domingo and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker 7:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Wagner: Die Walküre - Erster Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen" / Erster Aufzug - "Schläfst du, Gast?"Gary Lakes and James Levine and Jessye Norman and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 6:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Wagner: Die Walküre - Erster Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen" / Erster Aufzug - "Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond"Gary Lakes and James Levine and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Wagner: Die Walküre - Erster Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen" / Erster Aufzug - Du bist der LenzJames Levine and Jessye Norman and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Wagner: Die Walküre - Erster Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen" / Erster Aufzug - O süsseste Wonne! Seligstes Weib!Gary Lakes and James Levine and Jessye Norman and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 6:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Wagner: Die Walküre - Erster Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen" / Erster Aufzug - Siegmund heiß ich und Siegmund bin ichGary Lakes and James Levine and Jessye Norman and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Wagner: Die Walküre - Erster Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen" / Dritter Aufzug - "Nicht sehre dich Sorge um mich"Anne Wilkens and Diane Kesling and Hildegard Behrens and James Levine and Jessye Norman and Linda Kelm and Marilyn Mims and Marita Napier and Meredith Parsons and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Rein 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Eva Randova, Meredith Parsons, Anne Wilkens, Ursula Enger, Jessye Norman, et al.
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Colin Davis, James Levine, Georg Solti
  • Composer: Richard [Classical] Wagner
  • Audio CD (November 8, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B000AV8ZSS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marc Musnick on June 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I disagree with the comment that she was not physically suitable to Wagnarian roles. With Norman, it was voice first and foremost and despite her size, she was wonderful as Kundry and Sieglinde. Both roles are highly physical. She excelled beautifully at the Met as Elizabeth in TANNHAUSER which is similar to Elsa in LOHENGRIN. Deborah Voigt was as large as Norman when she had a huge triumph at the Met as Elsa in LOHENGRIN. Jane Eaglen also had a success at the Met as Isolde and was just as large as Voigt and Norman.

Norman has not appeared in opera for a number of years now so I'm convinced she's retired that part of her career. This collection proves she was one of the most important Wagnarian singers of her generation. She was in the tradition of the grand vocal gesture capped with absolutely goregous sound.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 29, 2006
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Jessye Norman didn't have an extensive career on the stage in Wagner. She was physically unsuitable for a role like Elsa in Lohengrin, which she recorded quite successfully. Her main roles were Kundry in Parsifal and Sieglinde in Die Walkure. Here Philips has gathered excerpts from a few operas plus an early CD of the five Wessendonck Lieder and the Love-Death from Tristan under Colin Davis's direciton (she recorded the latter twice more, first with Tennstedt, then with Karajan in his last years on the podium). Her sumptuous voice is probably shown off at its best in the Wessendonck Lieder, and the interpretation is sensitive to the vocal line and the texts. .

For Jessye's fans, a lot of this material will overlap the complete operas: Lohengrin with Solti (Decca) and Parsifal with Levine (Philips), and the excerpts here are measger, anyway. Room was made for long stretches of sieglinde's music, derived from Levine's Ring cycle from the Met (DG). If you don't own these recordings, here is Norman as she was on stage, huge of voice, dramatically static, and always the grand diva. Wagner doesn't show her off in the best light, and yet se remains a unique artist whose like hasn't arrived on the scene yet.
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