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  • Conductor: Ivan Fischer
  • Composer: Wagner
  • Audio CD (24 Jun. 2013)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Channel Classics
  • ASIN: B00C2RAO2I
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Wagner is the giant among composers by reason of the fact that he created his own world. Whereas others interpreted ancient and familiar mythology, Wagner created his own myth. Whereas others composed to librettos by poets, Wagner wrote his own texts. He even built his own opera house, which had to be different and innovative. Wagner was the greatest creative genius in music history. And yet this superhuman giant also had a sense of humour, clearly audible in the wonderfully constructed Meistersinger overture. And he created intimate, sensitive lyricism, which moves us deeply in his Siegfried-Idyll. This lyricism is the most important aspect of Wagner's music: Brünnhilde's beautiful, longing melody which shines through the huge flame that absorbs both her and the collapsing world.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By hifimuso on 10 July 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This recording has received very good reviews in the press and I bought it on the strength of this.Performances are
generally pretty good, though I have some reservations about Petra Lang the soprano soloist.For my taste her vibrato
becomes too wide on occasion and this can spoil the focus of the voice.Technically, the recording quality leaves much
to be desired.The sound brings to mind some of the LSO live recordings made at Barbican Hall ie. a compressed feel
lacking ambience.On the other hand the dynamic range can get unnaturally quiet and withdrawn in relation to louder
dynamics - don't get me wrong I'm not advocating a compressed Classic FM sound,just a realistic concert hall feel.
In case you're wondering,I do know what an orchestra sounds like in the flesh as I'm a professional violinist and I
also attend plenty of concerts.To be fair I was not listening in surround sound so hopefully there would be more air
and space in that mode.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DRW on 18 Aug. 2013
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Snapshot of a superb artist developing his range and roles. Wonderful orchestral accompaniment directed by Ivan Fischer.

An outstanding disc. A must for fans of Kauffman, Fischer and for Wagnerites
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Power and psychological drama 28 May 2014
By Ludens - Published on
Format: Audio CD
First, the recording quality of this CD is exceptional. I've added Fischer's Funeral March to the list of pieces I use to test changes in my audio setup. Audiophiles will appreciate this.

Second, I enjoyed Fischer's highlighting of the psychological drama that is ultimately what makes Wagner's works so powerful. The pieces may sound a little slow to some ears, but this is because (in my relatively untrained opinion) many recordings are too quick to move to the more powerful sections of Wagner's work, neglecting the subtlety and contrast that are required to make the more moving sections really hit home. We get too accustomed to the 'Wagnerian' Wagner, the melodramatic caricature of Wagner, that an attempt like Fischer's to recapture the beauty and grandeur of Wagner on the stage can sound restrained. After living with this recording for some months, I've come to appreciate it greatly.

I hope that Fischer manages to record another round of Wagner selections--I'd be especially keen to hear his interpretation of the Prelude to Tristan und Isolde. If it turned out anything like this recording, it would be worth much more to me than the list price.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An Unusual Oops for Ivan Fischer and A Flop for Petra Lang 15 Aug. 2013
By Robert B. Lamm - Published on
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I haven't listened to all of Ivan Fischer's recordings, but he's clearly a great conductor; among other strengths, he's insightful and brings out nuances that other conductors miss. That's one of several reasons why I found this recording so disappointing. First, in most of the pieces he's TOO insightful and lets the cerebral take advantage of the visceral; the only exception is the first track, the overture from Die Meistersinger, and to a lesser extent Siegfried's Funeral March and the Immolation Scene from Gotterdammerung (though there is something else that drags that last track to a dismal defeat, as discussed below). But the cerebral also seems have taken over in the selection of what to record. Perhaps I'm carping, but when you get a recording of Wagner highlights, you want to hear some of the excitement that makes Wagner, well, Wagner. The lengthy second and third tracks are occupied by the Siegfried Idyll, Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey; both gorgeous pieces, but lacking in the fireworks, particularly as Fischer interprets them. They are introspective and quiet to a fault. Sorry, Ivan.

Which brings us to the last track - the Immolation Scene. A note to Petra Lang: JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN SING BRUNNHILDE DOESN'T MEAN YOU SHOULD SING BRUNNHILDE. She simply doesn't have the voice and sounds weak; she is constantly stretching to hit the notes and often scooping into them a la Joan Sutherland (AKA La Scoopenda). It's a very, very disappointing performance, the only virtue of which is that if I harbored any thoughts of getting Jurowski's latest ring cycle (in which Ms. Lang sings Brunnhilde in Die Walkure, at least), I've dropped that from my wish list. It's too bad - I've got Petra Lang's performance on the fabulous Colin Davis Les Troyens, in which she's terrific. And don't think that I'm unalterably opposed to a mezzo singing the role, at least on a recording - two cases in point are the ever-amazing Christa Ludwig (I'm blessed to have a recording of her singing the Immolation Scene) and the incomparable Marilyn Horne. However, Ms. Lang evidently doesn't have the chops and shouldn't have essayed this role or at least this aria.

Too bad.
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