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The Essential Wagner - highlights from the great operas performed by the artists of EMI Classics

Audio Samples

>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman
>     Overture
>     Act 2. Summ' und brumm', du gutes Rädchen (Spinning Chorus)
>     Act 1. Johohoe!... Traft ihr das Schiff (Senta's Ballad)
>     Act 3. Steuermann, laß die Wacht (Sailor's Chorus)
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>     Overture
>     Act 2. Dich, teure Halle (Elisabeth's Greeting)
>     Act 3. Wie todesahnung... O du, mein holder Abendstern
>     Act 3. Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat (Pilgrim's Chorus)
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>     Prelude to Act 1
>     Act 1. Einsam in trüben Tagen (Elsa's Dream)
>     Act 2. Entweihte Götter
>     Prelude to Act 3
>     Act 3. Treulich geführt (Bridal Chorus)
>     Act 3. In fernem Land
>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
>     Scene 4. Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>     Act 1. Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
>     Act 1. Oh süßeste Wonne! Seligstes Weib!
>     Act 1. Siegmund heiß ich und Siegmund bin ich!
>     Act 3. The Ride of the Valkyries
>Wagner, Richard : Die Die Walkure
>     Act 1. Du bist der Lenz
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>     Act 1. Nothung! Nothung! neidliches Schwert! (Forging Song)
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
>     Act 3. Siegfried's Funeral March
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>     Prelude to Act 1
>     Act 3. Morgendlich leuchtend in rosigem Schein (Prize Song)
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>     Act 2. O sink hernieder, nacht der Liebe (Love Duet)
>     Act 3. Mild und leise (Liebestod)

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Die Die Walkure
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
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Notes & Reviews:

The operas of Richard Wagner have never been more popular than they are today, and performances of his Ring cycle continue to fill opera houses all over the world. The Essential Wagner 2-CD set is a collection of extracts from several popular Wanger operas including Tristan und Isolde, Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg as well as all four Ring operas. Singers include Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jessye Norman and Jon Vickers. Conductors include Bernard Haitink, Herbert von Karajan, and Klaus Tennstedt.



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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman :: Overture
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Notes: Composition written: 1841.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1841

>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman :: Act 2. Summ' und brumm', du gutes Rädchen (Spinning Chorus)
  • Conductor: Robert Heger
  • Notes: Composition written: 1841.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1841

>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman :: Act 1. Johohoe!... Traft ihr das Schiff (Senta's Ballad)
  • Performer: Birgit Nilsson
  • Conductor: Leopold Ludwig
  • Notes: Composition written: 1841.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1841

>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman :: Act 3. Steuermann, laß die Wacht (Sailor's Chorus)
  • Conductor: Robert Heger
  • Notes: Composition written: 1841.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1841

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Overture
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Running Time: 13 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Act 2. Dich, teure Halle (Elisabeth's Greeting)
  • Performer: Jessye Norman
  • Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Act 3. Wie todesahnung... O du, mein holder Abendstern
  • Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
  • Conductor: Franz Konwitschny
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Act 3. Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat (Pilgrim's Chorus)
  • Conductor: Robert Heger
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Prelude to Act 1
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 8 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Act 1. Einsam in trüben Tagen (Elsa's Dream)
  • Performer: Hildegard Behrens (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Peter Schneider
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Act 2. Entweihte Götter
  • Performer: Rita Gorr (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: André Cluytens
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Prelude to Act 3
  • Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Act 3. Treulich geführt (Bridal Chorus)
  • Conductor: Robert Heger
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Act 3. In fernem Land
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Heinrich Bender
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold :: Scene 4. Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge
  • Performers: Marjana Lipovsek (Alto); James Morris (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1854

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Act 1. Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
  • Performer: Reiner Goldberg (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Die Die Walküre :: Act 1. Du bist der Lenz
  • Performer: Cheryl Studer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Act 1. Oh süßeste Wonne! Seligstes Weib!
  • Performers: Cheryl Studer (Soprano); Reiner Goldberg (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Act 1. Siegmund heiß ich und Siegmund bin ich!
  • Performers: Reiner Goldberg (Tenor); Cheryl Studer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Act 3. The Ride of the Valkyries
  • Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried :: Act 1. Nothung! Nothung! neidliches Schwert! (Forging Song)
  • Performers: Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor); Peter Haage (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Act 3. Siegfried's Funeral March
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :: Prelude to Act 1
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862-1867

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :: Act 3. Morgendlich leuchtend in rosigem Schein (Prize Song)
  • Performers: Bernd Weikl (Baritone); Kurt Moll (Bass); Ben Heppner; Cheryl Studer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862-1867

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Act 2. O sink hernieder, nacht der Liebe (Love Duet)
  • Performers: Helga Dernesch (Soprano); Christa Ludwig; Jon Vickers (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 12 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Act 3. Mild und leise (Liebestod)
  • Performer: Hildegard Behrens (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Peter Schneider
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859