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Wagner: Orchestral Music


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Audio CD, June 25, 1996
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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Die Walküre: Walkürenritt (The Ride of the Valkyries) (Act III)Klaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Götterdämmerung: Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt (Siegfried's Rhine Journey), VorspielKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker10:28Album Only
listen  3. Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death and Funeral MarchKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker 9:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Das Rheingold: Entry of the Gods into ValhallaKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Siegfried: Forest MurmursKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker 6:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Die Walküre: Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire MusicKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker 7:21$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Tannhauser: OvertureBerliner Philharmoniker/Klaus Tennstedt15:36Album Only
listen  2. Rienzi: OvertureKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker13:39Album Only
listen  3. Lohengrin: Prelude Act IKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker10:24Album Only
listen  4. Lohengrin: Prelude to Act IIIKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act IKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker10:07Album Only

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (June 25, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000002SCR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,445 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The late Klaus Tennstedt was an on-again, off-again conductor. When he was good, he was incendiary; and when he was bad, he was really a mess. It didn't help that most of his records were made with the London Philharmonic, possibly the most slovenly orchestra in the UK on any given day. Here, with the much, much finer Berlin Philharmonic under his baton, he evidently had a series of good days. These are very fine performances of Wagner orchestral favorites, and the only thing that may have prevented their being acclaimed on initial release was the not-so-great early digital sound--nicely cleaned up on this economical and intelligent remastering. --David Hurwitz

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Prescott Cunningham Moore on October 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Klaus Tennstedt's recordings with the Berlin Philharmonic of the great Wagner overtures and preludes is quite good. The Berlin Philharmonic, as always, sounds wonderful, especially the amazing brass playing. The recorded sound is, for the most part, very clear. Tennstedt's interpretations are good. His tempos are appropriate, the orchestral is well balanced and rehearsed, and the overall quality is quite high. However, he also has a welcomed level of control over the Philharmonic. Never does he let the music run out of his hands. Often times, conductors get over-involved in the histrionics of Wagner. Rather, as mentioned before, Tennstendt's balance keeps the works from becoming bombastic. But the performances are still electrifying. A very good CD.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Klaus Tennstedt definitely had a great feel for the complex and emotional music of Richard Wagner, and this recording shows this sensitivity. The Berlin Philharmonic, as usual, plays exquisitely well under Tennstedt's direction. There are other recordings of Wagner pieces out there that are equally as good as this, but this recording is the one that I would recommend the most. The performance of "Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla" is especially earth-shattering, while the Act I prelude to Lohengrin is absolute musical beauty at its best. If you're a Wagner lover or are just being introduced to his great music, this recording is definitely worth listening to.
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I bought this CD as a gift to my brother who I know would LOVE Wagner's music, but he won't go anywhere NEAR opera. For die hard opera and Wagner fans this is not the way to go, but for my brother and people like him who don't care for the singing, this is perfect. Although many apparently consider it a gross injustice to Wagner to cut fragments from his operas and throw them together, I was actually delighted when I came across this (and I adore his operas). These CDs allow a greater amount of people to enjoy Wagner's absolutely gorgeous music. The interpretation and balance of the orchestra is overall great. I'd say this was money very well spent and recommend it.
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06-23-2014 One of the=t co many things we adults lose as we age is our imaginations. We become reality based; why there's even TV shows just for us---reality TV, which judginfg from town ups, " heir constanrnt commercializing, are wuitw successful. SOMEONE is watching, likdly we "grown ups." what a waste of time. the FCC, I hear is in the process of revising their evaluations of TV programing content, with a new rating code, called "I--R," or Intelligence required, as with parental connsent, but it would only applly to the vast minority of shows available, so not to worry. the minority of these shows won't upset
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By CALEB ROGERS on October 22, 2014
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Great disc!
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