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Great interpretations of Wagner classics
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 11/12/2009 19:46:52
Berliner Philharmoniker Klaus Tennstedt
Even outside the context of their operas, these orchestral excerpts works still have immense dramatic power. Included in this collection are overtures to the two early operas Rienzi and Tannhauser, preludes to Lohengrin (Acts 1 and 3) and Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Act 1) and extracts from The Ring.
EMI Gemini 2cds 5862482
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.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: jonjo1 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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