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Wagner: Overtures & Preludes

Richard Wagner , Adrian Boult , London Philharmonic Orchestra , London Symphony Orchestra , New Philharmonia Orchestra Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Tannhäuser: OvertureNew Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult14:25Album Only
listen  2. Tannhäuser: Entry of the Guests (Grand March)London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult 6:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Der Fliegende Holländer: OvertureLondon Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult10:57Album Only
listen  4. Tristan und Isolde: Prelude - Act ISir Adrian Boult10:36Album Only
listen  5. Tristan und Isolde: Prelude - Act IIILondon Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult 7:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: OvertureNew Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult10:07Album Only
listen  7. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude - Act IIINew Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult 6:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Lohengrin: Prelude to Act INew Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult 8:26$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Lohengrin: Prelude - Act IIINew Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Parsifal: Act I: PreludeSir Adrian Boult/London Symphony Orchestra12:44Album Only
listen  3. Parsifal: Act I: Transformation MusicSir Adrian Boult/London Symphony Orchestra 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Parsifal: Act III: PreludeSir Adrian Boult/London Symphony Orchestra 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Parsifal: Good Friday MusicSir Adrian Boult/London Symphony Orchestra 8:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla (orchestral version)London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult 8:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Die Walküre: The Ride of the Valkyries (concert version)London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Siegfried: Forest murmurs (concert version)London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult 7:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's funeral marchLondon Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult 8:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey (concert version)London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult 8:14$0.99  Buy MP3 


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'In musical and general education the conductor must be unusually well equipped. He must have a great deal of musical knowledge; and I don't just mean of orchestral scores. He must also have a working knowledge of all instruments with which he is to come in contact, including the human voice.' Sir Adrian Boult (1889-1983) spoke these words in a broadcast talk in February 1947. As a ... Read more in Amazon's Adrian Boult Store

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  • Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (September 29, 1992)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000002S08
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Does Sir Adrian Boult conjure up of images of Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughn Williams, but not Wagner? You're not alone! Nevertheless, this is a double CD set not to be missed! Many years ago, I was listening to a classical radio music station in NYC that was playing the music of Wagner. The performance was so good, that I wouldn't leave the radio until I found out the name of the conductor. When the announcer said the conductor was Sir Adrian Boult, I was quite surprised. I had recordings of English music from Sir Adrian on Angel/EMI, but I never associated that conductor with Wagner. Having been blessed with a friend who had knowledge of classical music way beyond his years, I gave him a call to find out more about the recording. He told me that, Boult had solid expertise in the area of Germanic music, but, in England, had been overshadowed in that repertoire by Otto Klemperer. He told me not to be surprised about Boult's very fine Wagner, it was an excellent recording to purchase and, indeed, search out Sir Adrian's wonderful performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (now available on Vanguard). Fast-forward many years and I find myself browsing through Amazon for a recording of Wagner's Overtures and Preludes. Like everyone else I know, I foolishly jettisoned my LPs in the 1990s and have been "back-filling" ever since. Well, I was able to obtain this splendid set for less than $7 per CD! There are a total of 18 selections covering most of Wagner's operas including five excerpts from the Ring Cycle. The performances are excellent coming from no less than three British orchestras, and the sound is top-shelf EMI. Sir Adrian's pacing is measured and his vision is broad and sensitive, highlighting the beauty and grandeur --rather than just the fire-- of this glorious music. I heartily recommend this two-CD set, and at this price, I think it's a steal.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Wagner June 16, 2006
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As a child, this set was my first experience of Wagner's music, and it made quite an impression on me. However, as I grew older and began to collect the full operas I felt I could surely do better than Adrian Boult and the British for a collection of the preludes, overtures, and orchestral music from the operas. I was wrong. I have yet to here any recordings that can match the power and intensity as demonstrated in these discs from Boult and the LSO (and LPO). The Meistersinger prelude alone is worth the price, and the only version of the prelude to Tristan which outdoes the one here is Bohm's live 1966 Tristan. The Solti, Karajan, and Klemperer highlight discs have their moments (and truthfully, I do prefer Solti and Karajan for the "Ring" highlights), but their contributions are greatest in the full operas, and overall, they simply can't muster the power and intensity that Boult brings to these preludes, overtures, etc.

Even if you have other compilations of Wagner's music in "bleeding chunks", I can assure you they don't come close to this one; and with two discs (the second containing mostly music from Parsifal and the "Ring") at 14 bucks, there is absolutely no excuse not to have this essential recording. So go ahead and buy this disc, never buy another Wagner compilation again, and with the money you save get started on the more important task at hand: the full operas.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go For Boult July 8, 2003
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Sir Adrian Boult is best known for his recordings of the British repertoire, and his performances, particularly of Holst's "The Planets" and Elgar's Symphonies and Orchestral Works, are legendary. But Boult was also an excellent conductor of Beethoven, Brahms and Wagner, and this 2-CD set collects the Overtures and Preludes of the latter German titan. These stereo recordings from the early to mid-1970s with the New Philharmonia Orchestra, and London Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras are truly first rate. EMI's set compares nicely in terms of price, quality and musical offerings with competing sets by DG (Bohm, Kubelik, et al) and Sony (Ormandy & Szell). You might have reservations about getting German music conducted by a Brit, but you really can't go wrong with Boult.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A musician's musician February 15, 2008
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Boult was highly underrated. Not a flashy celebrity, but a solid musician in the best possible sense. Like Barbara Stanwyck he was perhaps "not great" but he also "never gave a bad performance". Like Mozart's Susanna says of Cherubino, he did well anything he set his mind to doing. As borne out by his substantial body of recordings, Boult excelled in all music, not just his compatriots (RWV, Elgar and Holst) but also in the mainstream Austro-German/French/Russian concert repertoire as well. Hence no surprise that this is a splendid Wagner collection, beautifully played throughout, and invested knowingly by a master conductor with the proper weight and vitality the music calls for. Thoroughly satisfying in every way and priced dirt cheap, thank you EMI. Not just a superb introduction to orchestral Wagner for the novice, but worthy of the most serious collector's library shelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very English Wagner February 5, 2013
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A gorgeous set, Boult plays without any heavy-handed Teutonic sentimentality, but lush and loving just the same. Not a single piece here is boring - how could they be at these swift speeds? These are all Wagner's concert versions, no bleeding chunks here. We'll leave that up to Klemperer. For anyone who already has or knows Wagner's music dramas, bleeding chunks are rather unnecessary, so this two disc set really does fill in the gaps when it comes to the concert versions; notably the Tristan pieces - the Prelude does not soar right into the Leibestod as with all other recordings, but instead gives us the rarely heard, and deeply touching, ending that quietly moves into the love music from Act II. And the Funeral Music from Gotterdammerung is black as pitch, tragic without bogging down in Wagner's own orchestration, as so many others do.

So there it is, a really lovely set, with a wide range of colors. The Boult and Klemperer sets actually complement each other, and there is no warring between them as they sit side by side on the shelf.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Boult'sa beUTIFUL WAGNER.
123-15-2013 I don't known how much Wagngner Sir Adrian Boult did from the pit, but in the studio and in concert, he was terrific. Read more
Published 4 months ago by NUC MED TECH
4.0 out of 5 stars A good view of Wagner's genius
Richard Wagner is obviously an immensely controversial historical figure, both with respect to his and his family's views and, even more pronouncedly, the abhorrent behavior of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Edward G. Keating
5.0 out of 5 stars Wagner: Overtures & Preludes
I listen to this music often, especially while driving. It is very moving, bold at times & relaxing at times.
Published 15 months ago by john christman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not good
I bought this collection based on the reviews above, the price, and the sheer quantity of juicy excerpts. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Chuck
5.0 out of 5 stars the excalibur soundtrack
I saw the excalibur movie in 1980 and loved it and the wagner music was very compelling.I bought vinyl soundtrack album that I wore out. Read more
Published 23 months ago by caltex
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of Wagner
I bought this after first buying Wagner: Greatest Hits. I wanted to hear more Wagner and have some of the compositions I have heard in many movies. Read more
Published on January 22, 2011 by Walter Runkle
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Wagner
For my uncultivated ear, it's fabulous music. It stirs the soul. I listen to it when I want to brighten my day, energize it. I like the completeness of the tracks. Read more
Published on November 17, 2010 by Upstate Guy
3.0 out of 5 stars Routine and under-powered
Let me begin with the good things about this box. The Mastersinger Overture could well be the finest ever: it is grand, brilliant, strongly driven and faultlessly played. Read more
Published on June 4, 2010 by Jurgen Lawrenz
5.0 out of 5 stars Wagner
Trying to (now) say something significant about Wagner is analogous to trying to say something significant about the beauty of Lake Como.
Published on August 23, 2007 by Kyle Wallace
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