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5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL INSTRUMENTAL ONLY TAKE ON WAGNER........, 19 July 2009
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This review is from: Stokowski: Wagner Symphonic Syntheses (Audio CD)
As someone who prefers purely orchestral/instrumental Classical Music then this CD is a godsend!

I own several purely instrumental takes on the Big W but I rank this as easily one of my finest. The audio is excellent as is the superb playing of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra who have released many a gem on Naxos.

My only gripe is the non inclusion of Siegfried's Funeral March but that's just a personal thing - when you have great pieces like Liebestod, Parsifal and Ride Of The Valkyries then who cares?!

The sections from Tristan & Isolde are absoluteley heartrending - just beautiful, amazing, awesome music with some practically orgasmic highs & lows. And the balance of menace & nobility of Parsifal is a joy to hear. The word Epic comes readily to mind. And the majesty of The Ring excerpts is only too real. The running order is perfect with all the pieces working equally well as individuals or a splendid whole cycle.

Purists may sneer but the omission of vocals only allows the music to shine brighter and the rearrangements are not that radical & dare I say are for the better! Some of the detail here is enthralling with great use of percussion & effects at the right times. Apparently the intention was to reinvent these pieces as a set of symphonic poems - if so, then a job expertly done all round.

a BRILLIANT CD - worthy of six stars!!!
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2009, 12:18:40 BST
Mondoro says:
Five negative votes?? Was the review as bad as that??

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2012, 12:43:47 BST
Peter says:
Makes me most apprehensive that 'reviewers' such as the present one have the vote!

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2014, 22:00:56 GMT
My only real comment is that in this performance there are bits (Brangane's warnings) where you can hear the violins portamenting upward and the sound is fantastic. Who doesn't love portamento strings?
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