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The Other Wagner [Box set]

Richard Wagner Audio CD
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The German composer Richard Wagner was born on 22nd May 1813 in Leipzig and was raised by his mother and step-father in Dresden. His step-father, Ludwig Geyer, was an actor and playwright and Wagner's first forays into the creative world were on the stage. Whilst still at school, Wagner wrote the tragic play Leubald which he decided to set to music.

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  • Audio CD (29 Oct 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B008YKRRFO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Eine Faust-OuvertüreMichel Plasson - Dresdner Philharmonie11:35Album Only
Listen  2. Festgesang : Der Tag erscheint, für Männerchor und Blechbläser WWV 68 BMichel Plasson - Singverein Der Gesellschaft Der Musikfreunde Wien - Wiener Kammerchor - Philharmonische Chor Dresden - Jugendchor Dresden - Dresdner Philharmonie 5:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. An Webers Grabe : Hebt an den Sang, für Männerchor a cappella, WWV 72Michel Plasson - Singverein Der Gesellschaft Der Musikfreunde Wien - Wiener Kammerchor - Philharmonische Chor Dresden - Jugendchor Dresden - Dresdner Philharmonie 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Siegfried-IdyllMichel Plasson - Dresdner Philharmonie19:28Album Only
Listen  5. Trauersinfonie für Blasorchester nach Motiven aus "Euryanthe" von Carl Maria von WeberMichel Plasson - Singverein Der Gesellschaft Der Musikfreunde Wien - Wiener Kammerchor - Philharmonische Chor Dresden - Jugendchor Dresden - Dresdner Philharmonie 6:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Das Liebesmahl der Apostel, Eine biblische Szene für Männerchor und grosses OrchesterMichel Plasson - Singverein Der Gesellschaft Der Musikfreunde Wien - Wiener Kammerchor - Philharmonische Chor Dresden - Jugendchor Dresden - Dresdner Philharmonie26:21Album Only


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony in E Major (Allegro con spirito)Philadelphia Orchestra/Wolfgang Sawallisch13:58Album Only
Listen  2. Columbus OvertureJeffrey Tate/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks 8:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Huldigungsmarsch (2002 - Remaster)London Symphony Orchestra/Marek Janowski 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Kaisermarsch (2002 - Remaster)London Symphony Orchestra/Marek Janowski10:25Album Only
Listen  5. Großer Festmarsch (Centennial March) (2002 - Remaster)London Symphony Orchestra/Marek Janowski13:29Album Only
Listen  6. Wesendonk Lieder (orch. Mottl) (2006 - Remaster): Der EngelChrista Ludwig/Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wesendonk Lieder (orch. Mottl) (2006 - Remaster): Stehe stillChrista Ludwig/Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wesendonk Lieder (orch. Mottl) (2006 - Remaster): Im TreibhausChrista Ludwig/Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 6:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wesendonk Lieder (orch. Mottl) (2006 - Remaster): SchmerzenChrista Ludwig/Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wesendonk Lieder: Träume (2006 - Remaster)Christa Ludwig/Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Ankunft bei den schwanen (1861)Mikhail Rudy 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Eine Sonate fur das Album von Frau Mathilde WesendonckMikhail Rudy 9:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Elegie in As DurMikhail Rudy 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Siegfried IdyllMikhail Rudy18:33Album Only
Listen  5. 3 Mélodies: Mignonne (wds. P. Ronsard)Thomas Hampson/Geoffrey Parsons 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Tu n'est qu'images fugitivesThomas Hampson/Geoffrey Parsons 1:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Les Deux grenadiersThomas Hampson/Geoffrey Parsons 6:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lied des Mephistopheles No.4Thomas Hampson/Geoffrey Parsons 1:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Lied des Mephistopheles No.5Thomas Hampson/Geoffrey Parsons 1:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Der TannenbaumThomas Hampson/Geoffrey Parsons 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Wesendonck Lieder (1995 - Remaster): I. Der EngelJessye Norman/Irwin Gage 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Wesendonck Lieder (1995 - Remaster): II. Stehe stillJessye Norman/Irwin Gage 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Wesendonck Lieder (1995 - Remaster): III. Im TreibhausJessye Norman/Irwin Gage 5:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Wesendonck Lieder (1995 - Remaster): IV. SchmerzenJessye Norman/Irwin Gage 2:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Wesendonck Lieder (1995 - Remaster): V. TraumeJessye Norman/Irwin Gage 4:50£0.99  Buy MP3 


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discography of Wagner Orchestral Works on CD 22 Jan 2014
By John Fowler TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This 3 CD set brings together Richard Wagner's rarely heard (non-operatic) Orchestral and Choral works.
Though by no means complete, this is a good selection.
Inexpensive too.
Excellent performances in up-to-date digital sound (except three marches recorded in 1972 - excellent analog sound, in no way inferior to digital).

Amazon doesn't allow me to provide links to websites, but if you go to Wikipedia and look up:
List of Compositions by Richard Wagner
you will find the Wagner Catalog with WWV (Wagner-Werk-Verzeichnis) numbers 1-113.
There are 23 orchestral compositions: 5 are lost.
4 have never been recorded.
14 are available on CD; 8 are in this set.

Two - the Faust Overture and Siegfried Idyll - are in the basic repertoire.
Michael Plasson and the Dresden Philharmonic (not the better known Dresden Staatskapelle) give nice performances,
but not the equal of Toscanini or George Szell, both of whom recorded the Faust Overture.
EVERYONE recorded the Siegfried Idyll.

DISCOGRAPHY OF WAGNER ORCHESTRAL WORKS ON CD ( * = included in this set):

SYMPHONIES:
- Symphony 1, WWV29 **
* Symphony 2, WWV35 = Sawallisch, Philadelphia Orchestra * - but he only recorded the first of two surviving movements **

MARCHES:
* Huldigungsmarsch (Homage March), WWV97 *
* Kaisermarsch (Imperial March), WWV104 *
* Grosser Festmarsch (American Centennial March), WWV110 = Janowski, London Symphony *

Originally scored for military band, these are Wagner's versions for full orchestra.
Unlike everything else on this list, these marches are mature Wagner, composed 1865-1876.
Bombastic, but fun if you're in the right mood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One for the pundits 15 Jan 2013
By Yafford
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For about the price of a single disc you get a good serving of obscure and better-known Wagner. One good thing about all the recordings is that they are all in good sound: so creaky old versions of the piano can now safely be binned. I shan't be playing disc 3 very often: for all Mikhail Rudy's persuasive advocacy, the piano works are marginalia. As for the version of the Siegfried Idyll (although some of the credit goes to Rubinstein apparently), I don't really find it convincing or revelatory.
There are two good Wesendonk lieder cycles here - Jessye Norman with piano, and the magisterial account by Christa Ludwig and Klemperer. A bit of an EMI regular, that, but none the worse for it: it's one of the best. The other solo songs (done well by Hampson) were a bit of cynical hack-work by Wagner, and sound like it.
Disc 2 pulls together some of the stand-alone orchestral pieces as well as the Ludwig songs referred to above. Janowski's accounts of various marches are apprpriately overblown and give little sign of the sensitive opera conductor he is proving in the new Pentatone cycle (and the old Dresden Ring).
The gem is disc 1 of course. A big-band Siegfried Idyll has many competitors, and there are quite a few Faust overtures too. But the remaining pieces on this disc are really fascinating. They rely on good performances - which they get from the Dresdner Philharmonie under Michel Plasson. The stars here though are the massed choral forces from Vienna and Dresden who turn in a tremendous performance of the longest piece in the whole set: Das Liebesmahl der Apostel. The lengthy unaccompanied section is powerful and subtle by turns and ends in tune when the orchestra finally joins the voices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Less common works well presented. 30 July 2014
By TINA
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Excellent performances of less commonly heard works. It was instructive to hear how Wagner developed his expressiveness by means of shorter pieces, for piano and/or voice mainly, plus orchestration. All beautifully performed.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Anthology 12 Mar 2013
By J. Gibbons TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
To celebrate the Wagner bicentenary, EMI have searched through their archives and compiled this three disc anthology of his non-operatic music. Two works are duplicated in that, in addition to being in their original form, they also appear in arrangements by other composers.

The first disc, all conducted by Michel Plasson, contains the well known 'Faust Overture' and the even better known 'Siegfried Idyll' in its orchestral form. These are both good performances. Also included are the works composed by Wagner for Weber's reburial in Dresden. Of these, the 'Trauersinfonie' for wind ensemble is especially effective. As well as a splendidly performed version of 'Das Liebesmahl der Apostel' which in many ways prefigures the choral writing in 'Tannhauser' and 'Parsifal', the disc is completed by other short vocal works.

The second disc opens with an excellent anthology of Wagner's lesser known orchestral works. The three marches are very enjoyable; the 'Columbus Overture' and the single movement from the 'Symphony in E' equally so. However the orchestral version of the 'Wesendonck Lieder' in the classic version by Christa Ludwig and conducted by Klemperer, which brings the disc to a close, remains what is arguably the finest ever recording of this moving work.

The third disc has the feel of an evening of domestic music making. The three early piano works are very pleasant and the arrangement for solo piano of the 'Siegfried Idyll' very effective. Mikail Rudy's performance combines effortless virtuosity with great poetic feeling. Next, six early songs which, although they lack profundity, make very pleasant listening in this performance by Thomas Hampson. The 'Wesendonck Lieder', in Wagner's original piano version, completes the anthology.
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