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Twilight of the Gods: The Essential Wagner Collection CD


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  • Audio CD (25 May 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000009ON7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,606 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Wagner: Die Walküre - Concert version - Dritter Aufzug - The Ride Of The WalkyresNational Symphony Orchestra Washington 5:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wagner: Götterdämmerung - Dritter Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen" / Dritter Aufzug / Zweite Szene - TrauermarschBerliner Philharmoniker 5:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - Prelude To Act IIINew York Philharmonic Orchestra 3:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer - OvertureOrchester der Bayreuther Festspiele 7:45£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer / Act 3 - "Steuermann, lass die Wacht!" (nur Chor)Wilhelm Pitz 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - PreludeNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wagner: Tannhäuser - OvertureOrchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin 4:13£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wagner: Tannhäuser - Paris version / Act 2 - "Freudig begrüßen wir die edle Halle"Norbert Balatsch 7:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wagner: Tannhäuser - Paris version / Act 3 - Einleitung: Tannhäusers Pilgerfahrt (Ausschnitt)Philharmonia Orchestra 7:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wagner: Siegfried - Zweiter Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen" / Dritter Aufzug / Zwischenspiel - OrchesterzwischenspielBerliner Philharmoniker 6:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Wagner: Götterdämmerung / Prologue - Vorspiel und Siegfrieds RheinfahrtBerliner Philharmoniker 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Wagner: Götterdämmerung - Dritter Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen" / Dritter Aufzug / Dritte Szene - "Zurück vom Ring!"Berliner Philharmoniker 5:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Wagner: Das Rheingold / Zweite Szene - VerwandlungsmusikBerliner Philharmoniker 4:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Wagner: Das Rheingold - Vorabend des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen" / Vierte Szene - "Rheingold! Rheingold!" (Schluß)Berliner Philharmoniker 1:53£0.39  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Wagner: Lohengrin - Prelude To Act INew York Philharmonic Orchestra 9:57£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - "Treulich geführt ziehet dahin"Rafael Kubelik 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 1 - PreludeStaatskapelle Dresden 7:30£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 3 - KarfreitagszauberStaatskapelle Dresden 5:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 1 - VerwandlungsmusikBerliner Philharmoniker 4:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wagner: Tannhäuser / Act 1 - BacchanaleStaatskapelle Dresden 6:38£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wagner: Tannhäuser - Paris version / Act 3 - "Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat, ich schauen" (Aus- schnitt) (Pilgerchor)Norbert Balatsch 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg / Act 3 - PreludeBerliner Philharmoniker 6:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wagner: Das Rheingold / Zweite Szene - Einleitung 2. SzeneBerliner Philharmoniker 1:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wagner: Siegfried IdyllBerliner Philharmoniker 7:43£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Wagner: Siegfried - Zweiter Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen" / Dritter Aufzug / Dritte Szene - Brünnhildes Erwachen: EinleitungBerliner Philharmoniker 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Act 3 - PreludeOrchester der Bayreuther Festspiele 4:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde - Concert Version - LiebestodBerliner Philharmoniker 7:22£0.99  Buy MP3 

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Septimius Severus on 5 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
The big problem of this double CD is that 19 out of 27 tracks are just extracts of the actual recordings. While this may be acceptable for orchestral interludes in vocal parts of an opera, it is simply incomprehensible why for example the Tannhaeuser Ouverture had to be cut in half. In Wagner's score, this amazing piece of music is about 15 Minutes long - this CD only contains 7 Minutes and 35 seconds of the original recording. This is a particular problem for those who chose this CD to get a first impression of Wagner's work: if, like in the mentioned example, the beginning of a musical piece is missing, they will get an entirely wrong impression of the music. In my eyes, this CD attracts the customers with the respectable amount of featured music, but if 70 percent of the tracks are mutilated, the value is not as good as it first seemed.

Besides this huge disappointment, this CD could be a good introduction to Wagner's Orchestral Music which, for the casual listener, is much more accessible than the vocal parts of his operas. All the pieces of music on this CD are played by renowned orchestras with famous conductors. Therefore, I do not mind the fact that more than half of the recordings on this CD are from the sixties and seventies of the 20th century, as I still like the rich sound of this era.

For those who look for an introduction to Wagner's Orchestral works, I would recommend to start with a CD with less, but complete tracks on it.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Sep 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a two-CD collection of some of the finest orchestral moments in Wagner's operatic repertoire. It is in many respects the perfect introduction to the power of his music.

The first CD focuses on "music of power, conflict and death" (as the blurb states), whilst the second concentrates on "music of love, ecstasy and redemption". We can all take this with a pinch of salt, of course, but that is not to deny the power of the music.

The extracts are from the Deutsche Grammophon and Decca catalogues, featuring top orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and the Philharmonia, conducted by the likes of Karajan, Bohm and Sinopoli.

It's not a perfect collection. For example, many of the tracks are extracts from larger pieces, and where is the prelude from "Tristan & Isolde", for example, or Forest Murmers from "The Ring"? Nevertheless, you cannot really quibble at this top notch selection.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. G. Mccarthy on 1 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had long planned to seek out a Wagner collection that just avoided long operatic pieces but included all the best preludes and musical interludes; it also had to be a great recording, (basically loud); this collection meets all of these requirements.
The CD cover promises that the music is music of terrifying power and transcending beauty; this is the perfect description for the collection. If you have never listened to Wagner, or avoided him because of his apparent 'guilt of association' in connection with Nazi-ism, this is the place to start. There is really quite a simple logic as to why this music works so well; Wagner's aesthetics are inspired by the German philosopher Schopenhauer. Schopenhauer realized the importance of 'resolution' in a piece of music; Wagner 'toys' with your mind, and keeps you waiting for the piece to be 'resolved', eventually (usually toward the end), he let's you have it, often explosively, and it can be overwhelming; this is particularly apparent in the Mastersingers of Nuremburg (first track disc two), and the Death of Isolde. This is, of course, not easy listening coffee break or elevator music; it is in fact very intense and quite demanding of the listener.
As for Wagner himself, it seems he was a flawed genius. He was culturally racist and apparently very unpleasant. But this music need not turn the listener into a war monger. Woody Allen once said that when hearing Wagner's music he felt the implulse to invade Poland. But you only live once; this album is awesome and can be got for the price of a bottle of wine (if you're buying the right wine).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ric on 27 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
If after watching Stephen Fry's excellent documentary on Wagner, you wish to get to know his music, start here!
This is a great introduction to Wagner's music; sit back, relax and enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Knight on 20 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD
I bought it for a handful of my favourinte tunes and they do not disappoint!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cruiseo on 22 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD
Many of Wagner's contemporaries didn't take to his music and listening to some of his longer pieces I can feel with them. Today though Wagner's emotional power has entered popular appreciation. This selection focuses on the music that we all hear on the media without resorting to a Wagner opera.
It makes this point very easily and I find it a joy to listen to. There is no pretence of grandieur and it doesn't demand full attention. Instead it colours the chores, work or play that you happen to enjoy at the time with quite a range of emotions.
If you look for a more rounded classical music experience then buy a CD of an opera. This one is for the casual listener who gets fed up with pop and electronic instruments once in a while.
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I learnt the trombone part for the Tanhauser overture whilst at school and found myself mentally playing the instrument again. Really great value for someone who doesn't want the full operas
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