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Wagner: Götterdämmerung; Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Siegfried-Idyll / Petra Lang, soprano

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried Idyll
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer
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Notes & Reviews:

On one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year, Iván Fischer conducts music by Richard Wagner, offering a demonstration quality surround-sound disc featuring excerpts of favorite passages from Götterdämmerung, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, coupled with the Siegried Idyll. Joined by soprano Petra Lang, Fischer's hand-picked Budapest Festival Orchestra shines in these evergreen selections from some of Wagner's most popular operas.

The Washington Post
It is rare to hear an orchestra sound so unified, so energized and so polished.

The Observer, 1st June 2013
A revelatory contribution to the bicentenary celebrations...Lang is maybe not a natural Brnnnhilde but laser-sharp in the immolation scene, while Siegfried's funeral march is hard-edged, incisive, its climax absolutely shattering: really distinctive playing.

The Times, 7th June 2013
Anything [Lang] lacks in vocal heft is balanced by her incisive delivery. But the orchestra has the last word, knocking us sideways with the music's lyrical beauty and dramatic power. Wagner in a nutshell, this, and it's irresistible.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2013
[Fischer] and his Budapest Festival Orchestra certainly acquit themselves rather well. Their tempos are sometimes slow enough to please Klemperer and Goodall fans, but they're lightened by the Hungarians' fresh, precise playing...[Lang] makes a memorably elegiac if slightly wild Brnnnhilde, unleashing quite a cataclysm.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2013
Fischer's work stands as some of the finest new conducting yet put on disc in Wagner's bicentenary year...[Lang's] is a voice and personality engaged in the drama: dynamics, tone, colour all serve Brnnnhilde's dark, serious ride into the fire.

International Record Review, September 2013
The programme covers familiar territory, but when the music is so well played, so intelligently conducted and so beautifully recorded, it makes a considerable impact...[Lang[ doesn't sound comfortable in this part...Hoever, the first half of this disc is far more successful...and Fischer encourages playing of great refinement and transparency.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Palace of Arts, Budapest (01/2012).



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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Ensemble: Budapest Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1867

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried Idyll
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Running Time: 17 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1870

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Running Time: 9 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Siegfried's Funeral March
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Immolation scene
  • Performer: Petra Lang (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Running Time: 18 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874