Toscanini Conducts Wagner - Orchestral Preludes; Interludes and Arias [5 CDs]

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried Idyll
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Faust Overture
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
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Works:

Tristan und Isolde: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859; Germany

Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise "Liebestod" by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859; Germany

Die Götterdämmerung: Dawn / Siegfried's Rhine Journey by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1874; Germany

Die Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death / Funeral Music by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1874; Germany

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867; Germany

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867; Germany

Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1870; Germany

Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847; Germany

Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847; Germany

Parsifal: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1882; Germany

Parsifal: Act 3. Good Friday Spell by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878-1882; Germany

Die Walküre: Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater by Richard Wagner

Performer: Helen Traubel (Soprano), Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856; Germany

Die Walküre: Der Männer Sippe by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854-1856; Germany

Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854-1856; Germany

Die Walküre: Du bist der Lenz by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856; Germany

Die Walküre: Ein Minnetraum by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854-1856; Germany

Die Walküre: Siegmund heiss' ich by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856; Germany

Die Götterdämmerung: Dawn / Brunnhilde-Siegfried Duet by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1874; Germany

Die Götterdämmerung: Zu neuen Taten by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1874; Germany

Die Götterdämmerung: Willst du mir Minne schenken by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1874; Germany

Die Götterdämmerung: O heilige Götter by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1874; Germany

Die Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1874; Germany

Die Götterdämmerung: Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1874; Germany

Die Götterdämmerung: Wie Sonne lauter strahlt mir sein Licht by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1874; Germany

Die Götterdämmerung: Mein Erbe nun nehm' ich zu eigen by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1874; Germany

Die Götterdämmerung: Fliegt heim ihr Raben! by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1874; Germany

Die Götterdämmerung: Grane, mein Ross, sei mir gegrüsst by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1874; Germany

Faust Overture by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840-1844; Germany

Siegfried: Forest Murmurs [Instrumental] by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871; Germany

Tannhäuser: Overture / Bacchanale by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1843-1865; Germany

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856; Germany

More than fifty years after his death, ARTURO TOSCANINI (1867-1957) still remains one of the world's most legendary conductors. Wagner always held a special place in the Italian maestro's long and illustrious career, from his first appearance at La Scala in 1898 conducting Die Meistersinger, to his final appearance in 1954 performing an all-Wagner program. Toscanini Conducts Wagner gathers together on 5 CDs the best of Toscanini's Wagner performances with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The set features soprano Helen Traubel and tenor Lauritz Melchior and includes new liner notes by noted Toscanini biographer Harvey Sachs.

World-famous Italian conductor, Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957), conducts here the NBC Symphony Orchestra, of which he was the first music director from 1937-1954. Showcased are historic recordings of works by Richard Wagner (1813-1883), dating from the late 1940s/early 1950s and recorded in the main in Carnegie Hall, New York. Featured soloists are American soprano Helen Traubel and leading Wagner tenor of the time, Danish/American singer, Lauritz Melchior.

The Guardian, 20th June 2013
The majority of the tracks are purely orchestral - some of them, like the wonderfully intense, incredibly slow account of the prelude to the first act of Parsifal, and the stark, savage account of Siegfried's funeral march from Götterdämmerung, are very striking indeed...The digital transfers are wiry but adequate, though some pre-echo and moments of unsteadiness remain.



Reviews

a great Wagner conductor
This is magisterial playing. I was not a special fan of Toscanini's conducting until I encountered him in Wagner. I think Wagner's music had the salutary effect of humbling Toscanini by keeping him on best behavior off his home ground. He could not claim to own this music, as he could, say, Verdi's or Puccini's. His Wagner interpretations are marvelously clean and lithe. Also, the RCA recordings captured a very handsome sound. I have not heard this set per se, but I have the prior issues of the RCA discs. If you're already a fan of the maestro's, you're going to be elated. If not, you have a pleasant surprise in store.
Submitted on 04/26/13 by David Landau 
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>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Act 3. Prelude
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 11 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Liebestod
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Dawn / Siegfried's Rhine Journey
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 11 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Siegfried's Death / Funeral Music
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 13 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :: Act 1. Prelude
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862-1867

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :: Act 3. Prelude
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862-1867

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried Idyll
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 17 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1870

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Act 1. Prelude
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 8 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Act 3. Prelude
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal :: Act 1. Prelude
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 15 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1878-1882

>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal :: Act 3. Good Friday Spell
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 10 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1878-1882

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater
  • Performers: Helen Traubel (Soprano); Lauritz Melchior
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Der Männer Sippe
  • Performers: Helen Traubel (Soprano); Lauritz Melchior
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Winterstürme wichen
  • Performers: Helen Traubel (Soprano); Lauritz Melchior
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Du bist der Lenz
  • Performers: Helen Traubel (Soprano); Lauritz Melchior
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Ein Minnetraum
  • Performers: Helen Traubel (Soprano); Lauritz Melchior
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Siegmund heiss' ich
  • Performers: Helen Traubel (Soprano); Lauritz Melchior
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Dawn / Brunnhilde-Siegfried Duet
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Zu neuen Taten
  • Performers: Lauritz Melchior; Helen Traubel (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Willst du mir Minne schenken
  • Performers: Helen Traubel (Soprano); Lauritz Melchior
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: O heilige Götter
  • Performers: Lauritz Melchior; Helen Traubel (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Siegfried's Rhine Journey
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort
  • Performer: Helen Traubel (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Wie Sonne lauter strahlt mir sein Licht
  • Performer: Helen Traubel (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Mein Erbe nun nehm' ich zu eigen
  • Performer: Helen Traubel (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Fliegt heim ihr Raben!
  • Performer: Helen Traubel (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Grane, mein Ross, sei mir gegrüsst
  • Performer: Helen Traubel (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried Idyll
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 17 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1870

>Wagner, Richard : Faust Overture
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 10 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1840

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried :: Forest Murmurs
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 8 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Overture / Bacchanale
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 24 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Ride of the Valkyries
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856