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Wagner: Overtures & Preludes

Richard Wagner , Jeffrey Tate , Bayerischen Rundfunks Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Parsifal: PreludeJeffrey Tate/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks13:09Album Only
listen  2. Eine Faust-OuvertüreJeffrey Tate/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks13:15Album Only
listen  3. Columbus OvertureJeffrey Tate/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks 7:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act IJeffrey Tate/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks10:39Album Only
listen  5. Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1Jeffrey Tate/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks12:47Album Only
listen  6. Tristan und Isolde, Act 3, Scene 3: Mild und leise wie er lächeltJeffrey Tate/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Cheryl Studer 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Bayerischen Rundfunks Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (March 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0000DIGKQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm August 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Jeffrey Tate is a fine opera conductor, and this collection gives him ample opportunity to strut his stuff. He always has been particularly attentive to orchestral textures, which makes Wagner a composer he has a lot to say about. The Bavarian Radio Symphony is a splendid vehicle for Tate. As recorded here in 1988, the orchestra possesses a deep and beautiful tone quality, as well suited to Wagner as the Berlin Philharmonic or the Dresden Staatskapelle. The Parsifal Prelude goes very well, although not as memorably as on Ormandy's RCA recording. The Columbus Overture is an early work from 1835, but it already sounds like Wagner. The Tristan excerpts are perhaps the highlight of the album, with Cheryl Studer singing quite well in the Libestod. The sound engineering is very good, with a convincing representation of the orchestra's full sonority. My one caveat about the album is that the readings lack the electricity associated with some of the more exciting performances of this music. Nevertheless, Tate's take on this repertoire is very valuable, and I doubt purchasers will be disappointed by it.
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