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The Other Wagner

29 Oct. 2012 | Format: MP3

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11:35
30
2
5:37
30
3
4:36
30
4
19:28
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6:53
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6
26:21
Disc 2
30
1
13:58
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2
8:01
30
3
5:01
30
4
10:25
30
5
13:29
30
6
3:36
30
7
4:02
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8
6:39
30
9
2:37
30
10
5:00
Disc 3
30
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4:45
30
2
9:47
30
3
1:43
30
4
18:33
30
5
2:50
30
6
1:45
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7
6:57
30
8
1:29
30
9
1:06
30
10
3:33
30
11
3:05
30
12
3:58
30
13
5:44
30
14
2:25
30
15
4:50
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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:
- Symphonies 1+2, WWV 29+35 = Jarvi or Wakasugi **
* Symphony 2 only = Sawallisch, Philadelphia Orchestra (but he only recorded the first of two surviving movements) *

MARCHES:
* Huldigungsmarsch (Homage March), WWV 97 = Janowski, London Symphony *
* Kaisermarsch (Imperial March), WWV 104 = Janowski, London Symphony *
* Grosser Festmarsch (American Centennial March), WWV 110 = 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.
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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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Quality performances of Wagner's non-operatic orchestral works. A lot of it is very well crafted, but the lack of the sort of melodies omnipresent throughout his operas makes it clear why most people have never heard any of this stuff before.
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By J. Gibbons TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2013
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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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