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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde; Tannhäuser; Die Meistersinger - Orchestral Music
 
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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde; Tannhäuser; Die Meistersinger - Orchestral Music

6 Jan. 1998 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1984
  • Release Date: 6 Jan. 1998
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1984 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 49:48
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  • ASIN: B001NA5DBM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,721 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 May 2014
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This is the greatest orchestra ever playing like dervishes with a genius in his Indian Summer at their helm. It's short measure at 50 minutes but you don't quaff Pouilly Fuissé by the tankard.

I have never before heard a version of the "Tannhäuser" overture and Venusberg music to rival Solti's in his complete recording but now I have - and it is overwhelming in its verve and passion. The "Meistersinger" prelude is distinguished by the velvety sheen of the BPO strings and sustained arcing of the long melodic lines. And oh, those horns and Wagner tubas at 4:01"! The "Tristan" excerpts are finer than any other version Karajan recorded by virtue of their superb recorded sound and the concentrated tone of the orchestra, which first burns like a slender, acetylene flame before erupting with frightening intensity. Its only rivals are the playing of the Bayreuth orchestra in Karajan's famous, live, 1952 recording but of course the sound there is comparatively wretched in the former and the 1972 studio recording does not enjoy the clarity of digital technology.

I was virtually bullied into buying this CD by a fellow Amazonian and I have no complaints about his coercion; this is stupendous music-making and should be sent off on the next Voyager probe to alert extra-terrestrials to the existence of the finer things our grubby and tirelessly murderous little race is capable of producing.
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If you have ever been utterly heartbroken, approach this disc with caution.

These excerpts from Tristan will unravel those old stitches, bringing forth 'both blood & water'.

Herbie & the Berliners were smouldering in the afterglow of Meyer-gate when this disc was made; and while some fine recordings still lay in the future (say, the Brahms 1 & 2 and the Mozart divertimenti to name a few) this is the last of the "humdingers". The Prelude in particular is the wildest of laments, as if conductor and orchestra alike were conscious that the Union was damaged & irreparably so. Listen to the torrent of lava that erupts in the Prelude from 6'15" onwards. While it is a miracle of sonority, it is more than that: it's a volcanic remembrance of things past.

All that awaits is oblivion - so sings the orchestra at the climax of Liebestod. You can listen to Tristan & Isolde or you can befall it.

This, this, this.
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This used to be one of my prized vinyl LP's many years ago. I then bought the CD as soon as it was transferred and now it is amongst my recorded flac files as part of the Karajan 1980's boxed set. Recorded in 1984 this is just the most sublime conducting and playing. Rather like an old couple realising that their time together was ending and having one last moment in the sun and remembering the Golden time together. It is in turns joyous, exciting and almost unbelievably moving. Every time I play it I have a feeling of days gone by and it still has the power to overwhelm. This is the zenith of music making! The greatest conductor and the orchestra playing as if it is the end of time. Never since then (and I doubt if they will ever again) has the BPO played like this. Certainly not under Mr A or Mr R! If you know of anyone who says they don't like Wagner or don't rate Karajan stick them in front of this till they come to their senses.. The thrill and power of Tannhauser - the pathos of Die Meistersinger - the emotions of Tristan will convince them. Unbelievable experience.
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Undoubtedly one of the best perfoances / recording of these works. Tannhauser has the Berlin Phil firing on all cylinders Tristan has all the passion you need in the piece. Simply stunning and goes straight to the top of my classical collection.
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A request from my father. He loves it! :)
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