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Rienzi

Svanholm/Ludwig/Krips Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Opera D'Oro
  • ASIN: B0000516T2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Rienzi: Overture12:48Album Only
Listen  2. Rienzi: Act I, "Hier ist's, hier ist's! Frisch auf" 9:52£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Rienzi: Act I, "O Schwester, sprich, was dir geschah" 4:44£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Rienzi: Act I, "Er geht, und läßt dich meinem Schutz" 4:46£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Rienzi: Act I, "Gegrüßt sei, heher Tag!"10:03Album Only
Listen  6. Rienzi: Act II, "Jauchzet, ich Täler!"12:28Album Only
Listen  7. Rienzi: Act II, "Colonna, hörtest du das freche Wort" 4:50£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Rienzi: Act II, "Erschallet, Feierklänge!"14:00Album Only


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Listen  1. Rienzi: Act III, "Vernahmt ihr all die Kunde schon" 3:40£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rienzi: Act III, "Gerechter Gott! So ist's entschieden schon!" 7:46£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Rienzi: Act III, "Der tag is da, die Stunde naht" 9:16£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Rienzi: Act IV, "Wer war's, der euch hieher beschied?" 6:04£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Rienzi: Act IV, "Ihr nicht beim Feste?" 6:54£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rienzi: Act V, "Allmächt'ger Vater, blick herab!" 8:16£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rienzi: Act V, "Herbei! Herbei! Auf, eilt uns zu!" 3:27£0.69  Buy MP3 


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OPP 1262; OPERA D'ORO - Stati Uniti; Classica Lirica

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3.0 out of 5 stars Wagner's Rienzi: Discography 5 May 2014
By John Fowler TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
"Rienzi" is Wagner's third opera and his only "Grand Opera".
Nineteenth Century Grand Opera is a French invention: Visually Spectacular, with lots of choruses and ballet music, and Lengthy, usually in five acts.

Wagner conceived Rienzi for the Paris Opera in 1840, but the actual premiere took place in Dresden in 1842.
It was the first German Grand Opera, and Wagner's greatest success during his lifetime.
At its Dresden premiere, "Rienzi" lasted about six hours.
Much of this music has been lost in the past 170 years.

The most complete performance in modern times was conducted by Edward Downes on the BBC in 1976.
It timed in at 4 hours, 40 minutes.

First runner-up is Heinrich Hollreiser/Dresden Staatskapelle on EMI: 3 hours, 38 minutes.

The Downes/BBC "Rienzi" was issued on the Italian label Ponto in 2005:
Yeah!
Unfortunately they forgot to tell the BBC.
Boo!
It has been withdrawn.

The Ponto version of the Downes/BBC Rienzi is available as a download (6 euros) on opera-club.net
Recommended as a stopgap until we get an official CD release authorised by the BBC.
And if the BBC does decide to release it, I hope they don't forget the libretto and translation
(now that I'm at it, I wouldn't sneeze at a new uncut recording conducted by Barenboim, Janowski or Thielemann).

"Complete" recordings of Rienzi, in ascending order of completeness:

1 hour , 59 minutes = Josef Krips, Vienna State Opera (Set Svanholm, tenor), 1960 (mono) : The recording under review.

2 hours, 17 minutes = Lovro von Matacic, Stuttgart Radio (Wolfgang Windgassen), 1957 (mono) :
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wagner's Rienzi: Discography 4 May 2014
By John Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Rienzi" is Wagner's third opera and his only "Grand Opera".
Nineteenth Century Grand Opera is a French invention: Visually Spectacular, with lots of choruses and ballet music, and Lengthy, usually in five acts.

Wagner conceived Rienzi for the Paris Opera in 1840, but the actual premiere took place in Dresden in 1842.
It was the first German Grand Opera, and Wagner's greatest success during his lifetime.
At its Dresden premiere, "Rienzi" lasted about six hours.
Much of this music has been lost in the past 170 years.

The most complete performance in modern times was conducted by Edward Downes on the BBC in 1976.
It timed in at 4 hours, 40 minutes.

First runner-up is Heinrich Hollreiser/Dresden Staatskapelle on EMI : 3 hours, 38 minutes.

The Downes/BBC "Rienzi" was issued on the Italian label Ponto in 2005:
Yeah!
Unfortunately they forgot to tell the BBC.
Boo!
It has been withdrawn.

The Ponto version of the Downes/BBC Rienzi is available as a download (6 euros) on opera-club.net
Recommended as a stopgap until we get an official CD release authorised by the BBC.
And if the BBC does decide to release it, I hope they don't forget the libretto and translation
(now that I'm at it, I wouldn't sneeze at a new uncut recording conducted by Barenboim, Janowski or Thielemann).

"Complete" recordings of Rienzi, in ascending order of completeness:

1 hour , 59 minutes = Josef Krips, Vienna State Opera (Set Svanholm, tenor), 1960 (mono) : The recording under review.

2 hours, 17 minutes = Lovro von Matacic, Stuttgart Radio (Wolfgang Windgassen), 1957 (mono) : Wagner: Rienzi

2 hours, 36 minutes = Sebastian Weigle, Frankfurt Opera (Peter Bronder), 2014 : Wagner: Rienzi [Sebastian Weigle] [Oehms: OC941]

2 hours, 36 minutes = Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Berlin Opera (Torsten Kerl), 2010 : Wagner: Rienzi [Blu-ray] (Blu-Ray or DVD)

2 hours, 49 minutes = Winfried Zilling, Hessian Radio (Gunther Treptow), 1950 (mono) : Rienzi

2 hours, 56 minutes = Pinchas Steinberg, La Scala (Torsten Kerl), 2013 : Wagner: Rienzi [Blu-ray] (Blu-Ray or DVD)

3 hours, 17 minutes = Wolfgang Sawallisch, Munich Opera (Rene Kollo), 1983 : Wagner - Rienzi / Kollo · Studer · Rootering · Bayerische Staatsoper · Sawallisch

3 hours, 38 minutes = Heinrich Hollreiser, Dresden Staatskapelle (Rene Kollo), 1976 : see below *

4 hours, 40 minutes = Edward Downes, BBC (John Mitchinson), 1976 : download on opera-club.net

The 2 hours, 41 minutes separating the longest from the shortest performance is unprecedented, and more than a little ridiculous.

Adolf Hitler may have inadvertently doomed Rienzi when word got out that it was his favorite opera.
This seems unfair:
After the war, his valet reported that Hitler's favorite movie was "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"
yet Snow White seems to have survived unscathed.

The original score was lost in a World War II bombing raid.
A roughly two-and-a-half hour version was thought to be all that survived - until the 1970s when musicologists pieced together an additional two hours from surviving fragments.
This was the basis for Edward Downes' pioneering 4 hour, 40 minute BBC broadcast in 1976.

Unfortunately, subsequent performances did not take the hint.
The Hollreiser/EMI studio recording (also 1976) is the longest version ever issued commercially.
Even so, it is fully one hour shorter than Downes.
Since then, the opera has gotten progressively shorter.
I sometime think I am the only person who cares about this.
I wouldn't mind it if Opera Houses wanted to present abridged performances, if only ONE uncut Rienzi was available on CD.

* For the time being, your best bet is Hollreiser/EMI, available in three different editions:

Rienzi - includes printed libretto and translation

Wagner: Rienzi - includes libretto and translation on CD-ROM

Wagner: Complete Operas (Limited Edition) - libretto and translation are on a website
(the Big DG Box: all thirteen Wagner operas on 43 CDs with librettos and translations for $75)

-- I'd probably give Downes/BBC five stars if it existed.
I am giving Hollreiser and Sawallisch four stars each.
Everybody else gets three stars for being Grosser Querschnitt.
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