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5.0 out of 5 stars Fiery Wagner
If you like your Wagner with 'attitude', as I have to confess I do, there is much to like here. From the majesty of the 'Meistersingers Prelude' to my favourite version EVER of 'Siegfried's Funeral March' from 'Gotterdammerung', the whole thing is a joy throughout. The Vienna Philharmonic sound wonderful, and the uncredited recordings, by Producer John Culshaw and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Viennese sloppiness
The two disc set offers a good cross section of Wagner's most famous orchestral music at a bargain price, and that is it's redeeming feature (together with the disc's cover!). Unfortunately, on some occasions (and at only casual listening), I detected uncertain intonation (a.o. in the famous Tannhäuser trombone fanfare and the strings in Siegfried...
Published on 13 Mar. 2006 by JJA Kiefte


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiery Wagner, 5 Oct. 2013
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If you like your Wagner with 'attitude', as I have to confess I do, there is much to like here. From the majesty of the 'Meistersingers Prelude' to my favourite version EVER of 'Siegfried's Funeral March' from 'Gotterdammerung', the whole thing is a joy throughout. The Vienna Philharmonic sound wonderful, and the uncredited recordings, by Producer John Culshaw and Engineers Jimmy Brown and Gordon Parry, remain of demonstration quality. If you like 'high octane' Wagner, this is the set for you, AND it's at a bargain price!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect dip into Wagner, 28 Dec. 2013
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Reading Bookworm (Reading Berkshire UK) - See all my reviews
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New to Wagner and want to see if you like it? Then this is the perfect choice for you. Pick out the ones you like and then get closer by buying the full versions of the ones you like. A good economical choice that will prevent you from wasting money on a full version that you dont like much.
Sorry to offend the Wagner officionado's that think a 5 minute section of a full work is sacrelige, but I think this is just what you need for a long car journey, will keep you alert, amused, and motivated!
Buy, Buy, Buy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb musicianship all round and really atmospheric interpretations ranging from ..., 7 Sept. 2014
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Superb musicianship all round and really atmospheric interpretations ranging from the tenderness of Siegfried Idyll to the power of the Dutchman and the drama of the Tanhauser.The Vienna Philharmonic are outstanding as always,but it is a huge bonus to hear the 19year old Roland Berger's sizzling power cutting through the sound of the rest of the horn section.This must be a star buy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Wagner, 17 Aug. 2010
I have just purchased the recording of favourite Wagner orchestral pieces performed by the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Georg Solti.Not the most recent recording - but WHAT A PERFORMANCE! MAGIC! Wonderful value.Thank you Amazon.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the Mighty VPO!, 4 Nov. 2005
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David C. Coleman (Birmigham, UK) - See all my reviews
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I'm not sure whether or not you should buy this compilation CD just to hear highlights of Wagners operas or to hear the mighty sound generated from the VPO?.
One way or the other, it's a very satisfying experience!.
I always thought Solti was a good Wagner interpreter, if a little hard-drievn at times. But as showpieces for orchestra this is superb.
Worth having in your collection as it's so good value for money...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wagner Favourites, 16 Jun. 2014
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Great CD with great music.......play it all the time....cant live without Wagner's wonderful music playing away somewhere or the other close by!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy It For The Siegfried Idyll, 2 Sept. 2008
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Wagner: Orchestral Works

Solti's thumping, thrashing performances of these masterpieces of the romantic opera will electrify some, but infuriate others as they scurry for the headache pills. Given the competition, there's really no reason to buy this anthology...save one.

One might describe this performance of Siegfried Idyll as, members of the Vienna Philharmonic (with Georg Solti present). Still, on a rare day, he could be musically relaxed and charming and this is onbe of those rare treasurable occasions. I've never heard better. Pure chamber music reminding us of the piece's origins as a gift from husband to wife. Look to Karajan for a big symphonic version, or to Celibidache for an extended dreamscape amongst other Wagner overtures whose performance are the antithesis of Solti. Solti's superb, classic rendition is (or was) also coupled to a comparably affable Schubert Ninth at one time, so if that pairing suits you...
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9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Viennese sloppiness, 13 Mar. 2006
The two disc set offers a good cross section of Wagner's most famous orchestral music at a bargain price, and that is it's redeeming feature (together with the disc's cover!). Unfortunately, on some occasions (and at only casual listening), I detected uncertain intonation (a.o. in the famous Tannhäuser trombone fanfare and the strings in Siegfried Idyll) and sloppy attack (the lead trumpet in the Götterdämmerung funeral march). Perhaps at careful scrutiny there will be more to comment on. Strange that Solty put up with it!
Pro is that Solty chose not to use the 1860 Paris version of Tannhäuser, with it's soft ending but rather the original version with it's rousing finale (competing with Liszt's Les Preludes), contra that I do not always like his tempos e.g. in the relatively slow (and slightly dull) opening of the Meistersinger (but that is a matter of taste) and the strangely un-emotional reading of the Götterdämmerung funeral march. If well interpreted it offers some of the most hair-raising moments in music ever conceived, but here it lacks every shred of tension.
All in all I must say that I like Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker's or the Szell and Cleveland's interpretations better, but as an eye-opnener for the uninitiated it is a collection well worth its money (and that cover looks good in your car too......)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Jan. 2015
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excellent
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad but...., 3 Aug. 2013
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The recording is not bad but I have heard better. However the track for the overture of Tannhauser was sublime.
I play that over and over again.
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