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Wagner: Orchestral Music

Klaus Tennstedt Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (8 Nov 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002SCR
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Die Walküre: Walkürenritt (The Ride of the Valkyries) (Act III)Klaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker 5:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Götterdämmerung: Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt (Siegfried's Rhine Journey), VorspielKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker10:28Album Only
Listen  3. Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death and Funeral MarchKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker 9:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Das Rheingold: Entry of the Gods into ValhallaKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Siegfried: Forest MurmursKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker 6:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Die Walküre: Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire MusicKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker 7:21£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Tannhauser: OvertureBerliner Philharmoniker/Klaus Tennstedt15:36Album Only
Listen  2. Rienzi: OvertureKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker13:39Album Only
Listen  3. Lohengrin: Prelude Act IKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker10:24Album Only
Listen  4. Lohengrin: Prelude to Act IIIKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act IKlaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker10:07Album Only

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Wagner 8 April 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This disc concentrates on the orchestral beauty of Wagner's works and virtually all the best of it is here. On this showing Tennstedt has proved himself to be a formidable Wagnerian who can be favourably compared with von Karajan and Klemperor although his speeds are sometimes more brisk. His accounts of the Rienzi and Tannhauser Overtures are inspiring, whilst the funeral march from Gotterdammerung is utterly moving. This selection displays the most celestial moments from Wagner's orchestral repertoire and can be highly recommended as either an introduction to Wagner or a winning alternative to other recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Wagner 14 Nov 2008
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I've listened to many recordings of Tannhäuser Overture including two Karajan/DG recordings, Sinopoli, Levine, Maazel, Furtwängler, Ormandy, Svetlanov, Solti, Klemperer, Kubelik but Tennstedt's account of the music is still unbeatable for its grandeur, well-judged tempi and sublime beauty. Other orchestral works on the 2 discs are equally outstanding, played with profound sense of drama and exquisite beauty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Wagner 26 Oct 2004
By Prescott Cunningham Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Klaus Tennstedt's recordings with the Berlin Philharmonic of the great Wagner overtures and preludes is quite good. The Berlin Philharmonic, as always, sounds wonderful, especially the amazing brass playing. The recorded sound is, for the most part, very clear. Tennstedt's interpretations are good. His tempos are appropriate, the orchestral is well balanced and rehearsed, and the overall quality is quite high. However, he also has a welcomed level of control over the Philharmonic. Never does he let the music run out of his hands. Often times, conductors get over-involved in the histrionics of Wagner. Rather, as mentioned before, Tennstendt's balance keeps the works from becoming bombastic. But the performances are still electrifying. A very good CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great interpretations of Wagner classics! 10 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Klaus Tennstedt definitely had a great feel for the complex and emotional music of Richard Wagner, and this recording shows this sensitivity. The Berlin Philharmonic, as usual, plays exquisitely well under Tennstedt's direction. There are other recordings of Wagner pieces out there that are equally as good as this, but this recording is the one that I would recommend the most. The performance of "Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla" is especially earth-shattering, while the Act I prelude to Lohengrin is absolute musical beauty at its best. If you're a Wagner lover or are just being introduced to his great music, this recording is definitely worth listening to.
4.0 out of 5 stars In Terms of Orchestral Works 16 Jan 2011
By Joma Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this CD as a gift to my brother who I know would LOVE Wagner's music, but he won't go anywhere NEAR opera. For die hard opera and Wagner fans this is not the way to go, but for my brother and people like him who don't care for the singing, this is perfect. Although many apparently consider it a gross injustice to Wagner to cut fragments from his operas and throw them together, I was actually delighted when I came across this (and I adore his operas). These CDs allow a greater amount of people to enjoy Wagner's absolutely gorgeous music. The interpretation and balance of the orchestra is overall great. I'd say this was money very well spent and recommend it.
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