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Wagner: Orchestral Excerpts, Vol. 3 - Tannhauser; Meistersinger; Tristan / Alessandra Marc, soprano; Gerard Schwarz

Audio Samples

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>     Overture - Venusberg Music
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>     Act 3. Introduction - Dance of the Apprentices - Procession of the M
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>     Act 1. Prelude
>     Brangäne's Warning
>     Act 3. Prelude
>     Liebestod

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Themes of love and passion dominate these orchestral excerpts from Wagner's music dramas. The legend of Tannhauser contrasts the sensual allure of Venus with the ideals of courtly love and religious devotion. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg pits an inspired but rash young singer against the traditions of the old masters in a song competition, with a beautiful girl as the prize. Tristan und Isolde, based on one of the world's great love stories, is considered Wagner's most revolutionary work, seamlessly blending themes of love and death into a shattering apotheosis. Gerard Schwarz's other selections of Wagner excerpts can be found on 8.572767 and 8.572768.

MusicWeb International, October 2012
Marc is an excellent singer, thankfully free of the gusty tone production which afflicts too many Wagnerian sopranos today. She sings with expressiveness, delicacy and a real feeling for the text.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA.



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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Overture - Venusberg Music
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony
  • Running Time: 22 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :: Act 3. Introduction - Dance of the Apprentices - Procession of the M
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 12 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862-1867

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Act 1. Prelude
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Notes: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA (02/19/1992-02/20/1992)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Brangäne's Warning
  • Performer: Alessandra Marc (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Notes: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA (02/19/1992-02/20/1992)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Act 3. Prelude
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Notes: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA (02/19/1992-02/20/1992)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Liebestod
  • Performer: Alessandra Marc (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Notes: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA (02/19/1992-02/20/1992)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859