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James Levine, The Met Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker - Wagner: Orchestral Music (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE))

James Levine, The Met Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker - Wagner: Orchestral Music (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE))
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James Levine, The Met Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker - Wagner: Orchestral Music (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE))

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James Levine, The Met Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker - Wagner: Orchestral Music (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE))

Epic interpretations of orchestral music from Wagner's music dramas, conducted by James Levine. In 1991 and 1995 James Levinerecorded two albums for Deutsche Grammophonof what have become known as 'bleeding chunks', in Ernest Newman's phrase, from Wagner's operas. Collected together for the first time on this Eloquence reissue, they form a comprehensive survey of overtures, preludes and excerpts, featuring many of Wagner's best-known melodies and most thrilling orchestral climaxes. There are the noble trumpet tunes to open his early operatic successes, Rienziand Tannhäuser, and the turbulent sea-scape to open Der fliegendeHolländer. Both the serene first-act and jubilant third-act Preludes to Lohengrinare included, as well as highlights from the Ringand the preludes to the operas he composed while on a seven-year working holiday from the Ring, Die Meistersingerand Tristan und Isolde. The anthology concludes with some of the most quietly ecstatic music Wagner ever wrote, for the baptism of Kundryon the Good Friday Meadow in the third act of Parsifal.

Levine became music director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York aged just 27, having studied as a teenager with Walter Levin,Rudolf Serkin and at the Juilliard School. Under his leadership the Met orchestra was trained and transformed into a superlative Wagner orchestra: full-bodied, silky and holding power in reserve for Levine to harness at the points of intense crisis and triumph without words in the music dramas. On this reissue, they are prefaced by the 1991recording made by Levine in Berlin of Wagner's birthday gift to his wife Cosima, the Siegfried Idyllwhich he based on themes from the Ring.

'The DG sound is very forward, the impact of Walkürebreathtaking after the warm vibrato of the strings in the LohengrinPrelude. For the rest, the bird calls in 'Forest Murmurs' are lovingly shaped … a searing "Liebestod" from Tristanand, to conclude, the oboe is haunting and appropriately magical in the Good Friday Music from Parsifal.' BBC Music Magazine

'As a further example of just how far the Met orchestra has come under Levine's 20-year guidance, this showcase will serve very nicely … Levine directs with characteristic energy, enjoyable gusto and […] no mean flair.' Gramophone, October 1993

Tracklistings:

RICHARD WAGNER(1813–1883)

CD 1

1 Siegfried Idyll

2 Rienzi: Overture

3 Tannhäuser:Overture and Venusberg Music

4 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg:Prelude to Act I

5 Lohengrin:Prelude to Act III

6 Der fliegendeHolländer:Overture

CD 2

1 Lohengrin:Prelude to Act I

2 Die Walküre:Walkürenritt(Ride of the Valkyries)

3 Siegfried:Waldweben(Forest Murmurs)

4 Götterdämmerung:Siegfried's Funeral March

5 Tristan und Isolde:Prelude and Liebestod

6 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg:Prelude to Act III

7 Parsifal:Karfreitagszauber(Good Friday Spell)

Berliner Philharmoniker(Siegfried Idyll)

The MET Orchestra

James Levine

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UPC 0028948406364
Release Date 14 Jun 2019
Brand N/A
Artist James Levine, The Met Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker
Title Wagner: Orchestral Music
Format CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE)
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