Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Recommended Romantic and Post-Romantic Orchestral Music (Composers: Sibelius to Weber)


JEAN SIBELIUS
(1865-1957)

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Symphonic Poems and Various Orchestral Works

BPO/Karajan (80s) / 1984 "his greatest account [Tapiola]. Never has it sounded more mysterious . . . this Berlin/Karajan partnership has never been equalled . . . orchestral playing is, of course, really in a class of its own"
LSO/Davis 1999
BPO/Karajan (mid-60s) / 2000 "Finlandia is one of the finest accounts available, with eloquent playing"
BPO/Karajan [Pelleas et Melisande] 2003 "altogether magical . . . plenty of mystery . . . fervour and eloquence . . . great clarity and presence"
BPO/Karajan (1977) / 2005 "great performances and totally committed"
RSO/Gibson (late 70s) / 2005 "Gibson's affinity with the Sibelius idiom at its most convincing . . . much that is impressive . . . fine playing"
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Jarvi 2005

Symphony No. 1

VPO/Maazel (mid-60s) / 1991
PHO/Ashkenazy 1998 "quite simply the best of all . . . superb detail and clarity of texture . . . finely shaped . . . playing . . . is of the very first order"
BPO/Karajan (1981) / 2002 "sense of grandeur and vision . . . heroic dimensions"
VPO/Bernstein 2004

Symphony No. 2

VPO/Maazel (mid-60s) / 1991
BSO/Davis 1995 "dignified and well-proportioned account . . . sensitivity and freshness"
PHO/Ashkenazy 1998 "superb sound . . . passionate, volatile reading . . . very Russian reading of Sibelius"
CON/Szell 2001 "marvellous . . . splendidly taut and well held together . . . great tension and power"
VPO/Bernstein 2004 "orchestral playing is impressive"
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Jarvi 2005 "excellent-sounding . . . plenty of presence . . . powerful performance of much honesty and directness . . . thoroughly convincing"

Symphony No. 3

VPO/Maazel (mid-60s) / 1991
PHO/Ashkenazy 1998 "first-class account . . . warmth, colour and drama"
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Jarvi 2005 "sense of the epic . . . very beautifully played and recorded . . . can hold its own with any in the catalogue"

Symphony No. 4

PHO/Ashkenazy
1998 "great concentration of feeling . . . terracing of dynamic contrasts . . . splendid drama and intensity throughout . . . very impressive performance"
BPO/Karajan (mid-60s) / 1999 "performance is of real stature . . . depth . . . sense of mystery . . . concentration and tension"
VPO/Maazel (1968) / 2000
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Jarvi 2005 "recording is notably fresh and vivid . . . introspection"

Symphony No. 5

VPO/Maazel (mid-60s) / 1991
PHO/Ashkenazy 1998 "exceptionally well recorded . . . immediacy and warmth of atmosphere . . . the brass has bite as well as richness of sonority"
BPO/Karajan (1964) / 1999 "undoubtedly a great performance . . . orchestral playing throughout is glorious and the effect is spacious and atmospheric . . . jubilation in the finale . . . classic"
PHO/Rattle 2001 "scrupulous in observing every dynamic nuance to the letter and spirit . . . splendid sense of atmosphere in the development and power . . . the playing is superb, with the recording to match"
VPO/Bernstein 2004
Symphony No. 6

VPO/Maazel (mid-60s) / 1991
PHO/Ashkenazy 1998 "possibly the most successful and technically impressive in the Decca cycle"
BPO/Karajan (mid-60s) 1999 "glorious . . . remains almost unsurpassed"
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Jarvi 2005 "well thought out and often impressive. It can hold its own with most competition."

Symphony No. 7

PHO/Ashkenazy 1998 "Magnificent sound and very impressive playing . . . nobility"
VPO/Maazel (1968) / 2000
VPO/Bernstein 2004
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Jarvi 2005 "Jarvi is a sympathetic and authoritative guide in this terrain . . . fine performance"

BEDRICH SMETANA
(1824-1884)

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Ma Vlast

VPO/Levine 1992 "clear first choice . . . quite splendid, full of momentum and thrust, aptly paced, with much imaginative detail . . . the sound is full-bodied and vivid"
DRE/Berglund 2000 "the playing of the Dresden orchestra is magnificent"
CON/Dorati 2001 "extremely fine account . . . vivid drama and orchestral playing of the finest quality . . . high adrenalin level throughout, yet points of detail are not missed"

Ma Vlast: Vltava (The Moldau)

BPO/Fricsay 2001 "inspired . . . irresistible. The river sounds as if it is in full flood . . . recording is very bright and vivid"
BPO/Karajan 2003 "vivid, sounding more robust in its digital remastering, but still expressively refined in detail and more spontaneous-sounding"

JOHANN STRAUSS, JR.
(1825-1899)

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Waltzes


VPO/Boskovsky 2001 "vintage Boskovsky recordings . . . the sound is basically vivid, with a pleasing ambience"

RICHARD
STRAUSS
(1864-1949)

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SYMPHONIES


Alpine Symphony


RPO/Kempe (1967) /
LAP/Mehta (1976) / "among the best Strauss he has given us . . . outstandingly successful in combining range, atmosphere and body, with remarkable detail . . . the effect remains spectacular"
BAV/Solti (1980) / 1994 "could hardly sound more opulent, with brass of striking richness . . . warmth of sound . . . generally fast tempi . . . sympathetic and committed playing"
DRE/Kempe 1999 "breadth and majesty and atmosphere . . . richness of tone"

BPO/Karajan (1981) / 2003 "wonderfully spacious, beautifully shaped and played with the utmost virtuosity . . . certainly one of the finest accounts"
SNO/Jarvi 2004

Sinfonia Domestica

LAP/Mehta (1970) /
BAV/Maazel 1996
DRE/Kempe 1999
SNO/Jarvi 2004 "strongly characterized, good-natured account . . . gutsy . . . the epilogue exuberant"
BPO/Karajan (6-73) / 2005

TONE POEMS

Also sprach Zarathustra

BPO/Karajan (1984 DGG) / 1993 "very hard to beat and may well be first choice . . . sumptuous tonal refinement . . in Strauss, of course, Karajan has no peer . . . the playing . . . is in a totally different league"
CSO/Reiner (50s) / 1993
CSO/Solti (mid-70s) / 1994 "ripely expansive"
BSO/Ozawa 1995 "warmly persuasive . . . wonderfully warm and natural sound . . . seductive phrasing and warmth rather than high drama or nobility"
DRE/Kempe (1974) / 1999 "powerful in its emotional thrust . . . admirably paced . . . opulence . . . sound has both body and bloom"

VPO/Karajan (3-59) / 2000 "enormously wide dynamic range . . . a fine recommendation"
BPO/Karajan (1974 DGG) / 2003 "has long held sway and generally makes a strong recommendation"
BPO/Bohm 2004 [used for 2001: A Space Odyssey]
SNO/Jarvi 2004

Death and Transfiguration

DSO/Dorati "austere . . . plenty of atmosphere . . . climax has real splendour (and a magnificent breadth of sound)"
LSO/Abbado "plenty of dash . . . tempered with sensitivity . . . scarcely less impressive than Karajan's"
CLE/Maazel 1990 "extrovert view . . . opulent climax is endearingly rose-tinted"
VPO/Karajan (1959 or 1960) / 1990 "among the very finest . . . makes up in flair and warmth what [it] may slightly lack in polish compared with the later Berlin versions"
BPO/Karajan (80s) / 1996 "quite electrifying . . . no lack of vividness, and the playing of the Berliners is in itself thrilling"
BPO/Karajan (1973) / 1996 "superlative . . . showpiece . . . sound is both vivid and refined in its detail . . . Karajan reigns supreme in this work . . . orchestral playing in the highest class"
BAV/Maazel 1996
PHO/Klemperer 1998 "excites the greatest admiration . . . invested with a nobility too rarely heard in this work"
DRE/Kempe (1974) / 1999 "marvellously characterized"
CLE/Szell 2000 "tremendous vitality and electricity"
SNO/Jarvi 2004
LPO/Tennstedt 2005 "impressively spacious performance, very well played and recorded"

Don Juan

DSO/Dorati "heroic . . . brilliant rather than sumptuous"
LSO/Abbado 1990 "must be numbered among the best available"
CLE/Maazel 1990 "made totally sympathetic, with Maazel relishing every moment . . . final climax is ecstatic . . . the brass has telling bite and sonority"
BPO/Karajan (1984) / 1993 "exciting account"
CSO/Solti (mid-70s) / 1994 "glorious playing from the Chicago orchestra in peak form"
CSO/Reiner (50s) / 1996 "among the finest ever . . . superbly thrilling climax where the great horn theme leaps out unforgettably"
PHO/Klemperer 1998 "certainly not lacking in strength of characterization"
DRE/Kempe (1973) / 1999 "comparable with Karajan's reading and certainly does not come second best"
BPO/Bohm (1958?) / 2000
CLE/Szell 2000 "tremendous vitality and electricity"
VPO/Karajan (6-60) / 2000 "among the very finest . . . great zest and passion"
BPO/Karajan (1973) / 2003 "thrilling account . . . stunning virtuosity . . . sound of striking fidelity . . . excellent overall clarity within an ambience that seems near ideal . . . a degree of rapture not surpassed in the digital re-make"
SNO/Jarvi 2004

Don Quixote

CSO/Reiner 1996
BPO/Karajan (1963) / 1998 "handling of orchestral detail is splendid . . . sounds remarkably fresh and transparent"
DRE/Kempe (1973) / 1999 "one of the very finest available . . . combines warmth and body"
SNO/Jarvi 2004
BPO/Karajan (1-75) / 2005

Ein Heldenleben

DRE/Blomstedt "warm, with articulate detail, but great tonal homogeneity . . . genuine heroic stride and a sense of dramatic excitement . . . glorious Straussian textures . . . the most completely satisfying"
CSO/Reiner (50s) / 1993 "among the finest ever"
VPO/Solti 1994
BPO/Karajan (80s) / 1996 "tremendous sweep and all the authority and mastery that we have come to expect . . . in terms of sheer virtuosity the Berlin players have never surpassed this . . . also a dramatic fire . . . that [is] quite electrifying"
DRE/Kempe (1974) / 1999 "splendid orchestra . . . glowing with life"
BPO/Karajan (1959) / 2000
SNO/Jarvi 2004 "very strongly characterized, warmly sympathetic . . . powerfully thrustful playing . . . rich and brilliant recording"
BPO/Karajan (9-74) / 2005 "virtuosity of technique . . . outstanding"

Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

LSO/Abbado "must be numbered among the best available"
DSO/Dorati "essentially a picaresque portrait, not without humour and well-paced . . . dazzling brilliance of detail and focus"
CLE/Maazel 1990 "warmly affectionate . . . exhilaratingly paced and has excellent detail"
CSO/Solti (mid-70s) / 1994 "This is Solti at his strongest"
PHO/Klemperer 1998 "marvellous Philharmonia playing . . . sounds sumptuous"
DRE/Kempe (1974) / 1999 "marvellously characterized . . . rather mellow portrayal of Till is particularly attractive"
BPO/Bohm (1958) / 2000
CLE/Szell 2000 "tremendous vitality and electricity"
VPO/Karajan (6-60) / 2000
BPO/Karajan (1974 DGG) / 2003 "vividly characterized performance . . . winningly characterized and exhilarating in impulse"
SNO/Jarvi 2004 "brings out the joy of the work"

IGOR STRAVINSKY
(1882-1971)

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BALLETS

Firebird (1910 complete version)

OSM/Dutoit 1990 "characteristically colourful and atmospheric reading . . . brings out the light and shade"
NYP/Boulez (1975) / 1990 "highly coloured reading, and one which is very dramatic too . . . the playing is first class: the music making has considerable magnetism"
PHO/Ansermet (1968) / 1997 "polished playing . . . firmness and precision of sound . . . vividly realistic acoustic . . . sense of presence is startling"
DSO/Dorati
(10-82) / 1999 "recording is consistently spectacular and realistic throughout . . . the clarity and definition of dark, hushed passages is amazing . . . performance is very precise . . . a strong and beautiful reading . . . impact of the sound [is] most impressive"
CON/Davis 2002 "superb analogue sound . . . magically evocative account"
COL/Stravinsky 2003 "the composer tellingly relates it to his later work, refusing to treat it as merely atmospheric. What he brings out more than others is the element of grotesque fantasy"

Petrouchka (1911 version)

LSO/Dutoit (1977) / "triumphantly spontaneous . . . rhythms that are incisive yet beautifully buoyant . . . expressiveness . . . magical . . . the recording is rich and atmospheric"
LPO/Haitink (1974) / 1990 "a very involving account, with detail imaginatively delineated. The rhythmic feeling is strong . . . wind playing is especially fine"

OSM/Dutoit 1990 "superb, atmospheric but well-detailed sound . . . sparkling performance that brings out the light and the shade . . . poetry and rhythmic effervescence . . . no lack of either power or bite"
LSO/Abbado 1997 "extremely spectacular digital sound . . . performance is strongly characterized, and the LSO play marvellously . . . refinement and a powerful sense of dramatic atmosphere . . . kaleidoscopic brilliance"

Petrouchka (1947 version)

COL [LA] /Stravinsky (1960) / 1990 "presents a very convincing case for a basically fierce approach, full of malevolent grotesquerie . . . the frenetic element is tellingly made"
DSO/Dorati 1990 "recording is consistently spectacular and realistic throughout . . . the sound is breathtakingly vivid and clean . . . immensely dramatic . . . Dorati is at his finest in the final tableau"
NYP/Bernstein 1990 "one of the most involved and warm-hearted ever recorded . . . goes to the emotional heart of the score . . . unrivaled intensity and splendidly vivid recording"
LPO/Haitink 1993
CON/Davis 2002 "brilliant and rich recording . . . Davis makes it clear that he regards this as fun music, drawing brilliantly precise playing . . . excitement"
CBO/Rattle 2004 "robust exuberance . . . full of fun, colourful and dramatic in its evocation of the fairground . . . full and brilliant recording"

The Rite of Spring (Le sacre du printemps)

LPO/Haitink 1993 "natural, unforced quality . . . brings real compulsion. More than most . . . he convincingly echoes the example of the composer himself . . . the bite and precision of the playing is most impressive"
LSO/Abbado 1997 "on points of detail it is meticulous . . . hypnotically atmospheric feeling . . . wide dynamic range"
DSO/Dorati (5-81) / 1999 "recording is consistently spectacular and realistic throughout . . . in terms of recorded sound . . . scores over almost all its rivals . . . It is a very good performance, too . . . generating plenty of excitement . . . belongs among the very best"
PHI/Muti 2002 "aggressively brutal yet presents this violence with red-blooded conviction . . . strikingly bold and dramatic, with brass and percussion exceptionally vividly caught. The effect is very exciting, without being fierce"
COL [NYP] /Stravinsky (1960) / 2003 "has never been surpassed as an interpretation . . . The whole performance is magnetic, with the argument and tension superbly held together . . . brass and percussion have thrilling impact"
CSO/Solti 2003 "powerful, unrelenting account . . . virtuoso playing . . . Solti at his most tautly dramatic. It is extremely vivid, and highly spectacular too"
NYP/Bernstein 2004 [Stravinsky himself stated "wow!"]

PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
(1840-1893)

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BALLETS

Nutcracker Suite

CSO/Solti 1998 "marvellously characterful solo playing and much subtle detail"
OSM/Dutoit 1999 "piquant sense of colour and delicacy of articulation"
VPO/Karajan (1962) / 1999 "offers fine playing"
LSO/Previn 2002 "at once vivid and elegant, warm and exciting"
CLE/Maazel 2004 "vivid orchestral playing and bright, crisply focused recording . . . enjoyably colorful"

Nutcracker (Complete)

RPO/Previn 1990 "superbly played . . . freshness . . . playing is elegant and polished"
LSO/Mackerras 1990 "richly expansive . . . sparkling vivacity . . . superb sonority from the brass"
BPO/Bychkov 1990 "superlative playing, of striking flair and character"
LSO/Previn 2002 "sophistication . . . orchestral playing throughout is of very high quality"

Sleeping Beauty Suite

BPO/Karajan (1972) / 1990 "electrifying . . . orchestral solos are wonderfully polished and beguiling"
BPO/Rostropovich 1997 "highly distinguished, as fine as any in the catalogue . . . admirably combine[s] Slavonic intensity with colour"
VPO/Karajan (1965) / 1999 "offers fine playing"
LSO/Previn 2002 "at once vivid and elegant, warm and exciting"

Sleeping Beauty (Complete)

BBC/Rozhdestvensky
2002 "superb in every way, marvellously played and very well recorded . . . trumpet and horn fanfares are splendid . . . the work could not be entrusted to more caring or sensitive direction . . . haunting sense of anticipation and fantasy . . . outstanding achievement in every way"
LSO/Previn 2002

Swan Lake Suite

CON/Fistoulari (1961) / "magnificent . . . certainly the finest in the catalogue and probably the most distinguished single set of highlights from any Tchaikovsky ballet"
BPO/Karajan (1972) / 1990 "outstanding musically"
CSO/Solti 1998
VPO/Karajan (1965) / 1999
"offers fine playing"
LSO/Previn 2002 "at once vivid and elegant, warm and exciting . . . superbly played . . . highly recommendable"
BSO/Ozawa 2003 "sophistication of playing and recording . . . final climax expands magnificently"

Swan Lake (Complete)

LSO/Previn (1976) / 2002 "extremely polished orchestral playing, with beautiful wind solos, helped by a full, resonant recording . . . much refined detail and no lack of drama"

MISC.

Capriccio Italien

OSM/Dutoit 1999 "particularly successful . . . high spirits and elegance"
BPO/Karajan 2000 "played with splendid panache and with exhilarating orchestral bravura at the close . . . brass fanfares are superbly telling"

1812 Overture

LSO/Previn (1973) / 1990 "undoubtedly among the finest available . . . exciting without getting out of hand at the end"
CSO/Solti 1998 "exciting and spectacular . . . bold immediacy of the Chicago sound . . . powerful, sonorous brass at climaxes . . . compulsive music-making throughout"
OSM/Dutoit 1999 "exciting . . . the sound is refined and luminous"
BPO/Karajan 2000 "very professional
and quite exciting"
BSO/Davis 2006 "one of the most satisfying versions ever recorded . . . splendidly played and satisfyingly alert"

Marche Slave

LSO/Previn (1973) / 1997 "undoubtedly among the finest available . . . overall control of structure and tension is very impressive"
BPO/Karajan 2002 "fine combination of dignity and flair"
CSO/Reiner (3-59) / 2004

Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture

LSO/Previn (1973) / 1997 "undoubtedly among the finest available . . . vigor and spontaneity"
CSO/Solti 1998 "yearning passion without histrionics"
VPO/Karajan (early 60s) / 2001 "superb ardour and excitement . . . spontaneous freshness . . . sound is full, firm and clear"
CLE/Maazel 2002 "spaciously romantic performance, reaching a climax of considerable passion"
PHO/Muti 2003
BSO/Davis 2006 "consistently satisfying impact throughout"

SYMPHONIES

No. 4

PHO/Ashkenazy
BPO/Karajan (1977) / 1997 "vitality and drive . . . finale has tremendous force"
LSO/Szell 1999
CLE/Maazel 2002 "amplitude and breadth in preference to uninhibited extrovert excitement"
VPO/Gergiev (10-21-02) / 2005
LEN/Mravinsky (9-60) / 2006

No. 5

PHO/Ashkenazy
BPO/Karajan (1976) / 1997 "although the overall sound-picture is brilliantly lit, it has depth and weight too, besides strong projection and impact"
CSO/Abbado 2002 "fine . . . admirably fresh and superbly played . . . the finale has fine energy and momentum"
RPO/Previn 2003 "fine concern for detail . . . expressive style . . . drama . . . excitement . . . outsnadingly satisfying reading"
VPO/Gergiev 2005
CLE/Szell (10-23-59) / 2006
LEN/Mravinsky (11-60) / 2006


No. 6 ("Pathetique")

PHO/Ashkenazy 1990 "remarkably crisp articulation, producing an electrifying forward thrust . . . freshness and spontaneity . . . the finale combines passion with tenderness . . . a more poignant culmination than usual . . . among the finest ever recorded"
BPO/Karajan (1977) / 1997 "climactic peaks are created with fierce bursts of tension, and the effect on the listener is almost overwhelming . . . finale has great passion and eloquence"
Russian National Orchestra/Pletnev 2000
BPO/Karajan (1964) / 2003 "steady emotional thrust . . . deeply committed playing . . . the physical thrill of the closing pages is very gripping indeed . . . overall an engulfing experience"
VPO/Gergiev 2005
LEN/Mravinsky (11-60) / 2006

RICHARD WAGNER

(1813-1883)

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OPERAS (COMPLETE)

The Flying Dutchman

BPO/Karajan 1993 "larger than life . . . relates this early work to later Wagner, Tristan above all"
PHO/Klemperer (1968) / 2000

Tannhauser

VPO/Solti (1970) / 2002 "electrifying experience . . . Solti gives one of his very finest Wagner performances to date, helped by superb playing . . . the sound is outstanding for its period . . . atmospheric quality"

Lohengrin

VPO/Solti (1986) / 2002 "incandescent performance . . . well-aerated sound that still has plenty of body . . . rare power and panache . . . bring[s] out the endless lyricism warmly and naturally . . . radiant playing . . . one of the crowning glories of Solti's long recording career"

Tristan und Isolde

BPO/Karajan (1972) / 1990 "sensual performance . . . caressingly beautiful and with superbly refined playing . . . crescendo[es] of supreme force . . . recording [is] warmly atmospheric . . . excellent first choice, with inspired conducting"
PHO/Furtwangler (1952 - mono) / 2001 "supreme triumph . . . incandescent intensity . . . spacious . . . but equally the bite and colour of the drama are vividly conveyed . . . recording was admirably balanced"
VPO/Solti 2003

Die Meistersinger

CSO/Solti (1995) / 2003
VPO/Solti (1976) / 2005 "bright and detailed sound . . . impressive achievement"

Der Ring des Nibelungen [4]

VPO/Solti (1959 / 1966 / 1963 / 1965) / 1997

Das Rheingold

"the first of Solti's cycle . . . remains in termas of engineering the most spectacular . . . the immediacy and precise placing of sound are thrilling . . . the sound remains of demonstration quality . . . Solti gives a magnificent reading of the score, crisp, dramatic, and direct . . . Much has been written on the quality of the recording, and without a shadow of a doubt it deserves the highest star rating . . . an outstanding achievement"

Die Walkure

"refined sound . . . lyrical"

Siegfried


"full brilliance and weight as well as extra clarity . . . buoyant performance . . . In the dramatic moments [Solti] could hardly be more impressive . . . a supreme achievement . . . masterly playing . . . likely to stand comparison with anything else the rest of the century may provide"

Gotterdammerung

"inspired to heights even beyond earlier achievements . . . weight of sound . . . no more magnificent set has appeared in the whole history of the gramophone . . . remarkably little background noise"

[second choice of Ring cycle: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra/Bohm (1967) / (Rheingold - 1990 / Walkure - 2002 / Siegfried - 1990 / Gotterdammerung - 1990) ]

Parsifal


BPO/Karajan (1980) / 1990 "Communion, musical and spiritual, is what this intensely beautiful Karajan set provides . . . playing . . . is consistently beautiful . . . the recording is near the atmospheric ideal, a superb achievement"
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra/Knappertsbusch (1962) / 2001 "expansive and dedicated reading . . . intense concentration . . . spiritual quality . . . overall sound [is] warmly atmospheric"
VPO/Solti 2003 "powerful . . . vividness of sound and the Vienna Philharmonic in radiant form . . . sustained intensity"

OVERTURES AND PRELUDES
(my favorite = *)

Rienzi Overture

VPO/Bohm (1979) / 1993* "striking life and vigour"
VPO/Solti (1962) / 1994
PHO/Klemperer (1960) / 2002 "never any doubt that one is in the presence of a great conductor"

The Flying Dutchman Overture

VPO/Solti (1962) / 1994*
PHO/Klemperer (1960) / 2002 "incandescent glow"
BPO/Karajan (1974) / 2005 "superbly played . . . urgency and edge"

Tannhauser Overture (original 1845 version)

VPO/Solti (1962) / 1994*
PHO/Klemperer (1960) / 2002
BPO/Tennstedt (1983) / 2005 "broad and spacious . . . the voltage is consistently high . . . restrained nobility of feeling without any loss of power or impact"

Tannhauser: Prelude to Act III

PHO/Klemperer (1963) / 2002

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act I

VPO/Solti (1987) / 1994*
PHO/Klemperer (1960) / 2002 "the Philharmonia plays immaculately"
BPO/Karajan (1974) / 2005

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act III

VPO/Bohm (1981) / 1993* "spacious"
PHO/Klemperer (1960) / 2002 "no one could complain about the lack of zest"
BPO/Karajan (1974) / 2005

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act I

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra/Bohm (1966) / 1993
PHO/Klemperer (1960) / 2002
CSO/Solti (1978) / 2003* "very well played . . . warm . . . impressive ambience"

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act III


Bayreuth Festival Orchestra/Bohm (1966) / 1993

Die Meistersinger: Prelude to Act I

VPO/Bohm (1979) / 1993* "the Vienna Philharmonic play beautifully . . . grandeur and detail . . . compulsive inevitability in forward flow"
VPO/Solti (1976) / 1994
PHO/Klemperer (1960) / 2002 "full of German pudding"

Die Meistersinger: Prelude to Act III

VPO/Kempe (1972) / 1995*
RPO/Stokowski (1974) / 2004

Parsifal: Prelude to Act I

BAV/Jochum (1958) / 1993
VPO/Solti (1973) / 1994*
PHO/Klemperer (1963) / 2002 "superbly played"

ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS FROM OPERAS
(my favorite = *)

Tannhauser: Bacchanale / Venusberg Music

VPO/Solti (1962) / 1994

Tannhauser: Fest March

PHI/Ormandy 1989

Lohengrin: Bridal Chorus ("Here comes the bride")

BAV/Kubelik + Bavarian Radio Chorus (1971) / 2003

Tristan und Isolde: Liebestod [Love-Death]

VPO/Bohm (1981) / 1993* "spacious, with speeds broad rather than urgent"
CSO/Solti (1978) / 2003 "very well played . . . warm . . . impressive ambience"

Die Meistersinger: Dance of the Apprentices

PHO/Klemperer (1960) / 2002 "spacious . . . solidly concentrated"

Die Meistersinger: Entrance of the Meistersingers

PHO/Klemperer (1960) / 2002 "spacious . . . solidly concentrated"

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

PHO/Klemperer
(1963) / 2002 "spacious . . . playing is peerless"
VPO/Solti (1983) / 2003
LSO/Stokowski (1966) / 2005*

Die Walkure: Magic Fire Music

VPO/Solti (Hotter) (1966) / 2003
RPO/Stokowski (1974) / 2004
BPO/Tennstedt (1983) / 2005* "playing is of the finest quality"

Die Walkure: Ride of the Valkyries

BPO/Karajan (1967) / 1993
PHO/Klemperer (1963) / 2002 "spacious . . . playing is peerless"
LSO/Stokowski (1966) / 2005*

Die Walkure: Wotan's Farewell

BPO/Tennstedt (1983) / 2005* "the sense of spectacle is in no doubt"

Siegfried: Forest Murmurs

PHO/Klemperer (1963) / 2002 "no doubt that a great conductor is at the helm"
BPO/Tennstedt (1983) / 2005 "fine detail . . . atmospheric"
LSO/Stokowski (1966) / 2005*

Gotterdammerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey

PHO/Klemperer (1963) / 2002 "spacious . . . solidly concentrated"
BPO/Tennstedt (1983) / 2005 "playing is of the highest quality . . . . high level of tension"
LSO/Stokowski (1966) / 2005*

Gotterdammerung: Siegfried's Death and Funeral Music

VPO/Solti (1965) / 1994
PHO/Klemperer (1960) / 2002 "no doubt that a great conductor is at the helm"
BPO/Tennstedt (1983) / 2005 "weight . . . climax has massive penetration"
LSO/Stokowski (1966) / 2005*

Gotterdammerung: Finale/Immolation of the Gods

CLE/Szell 1992
BPO/Karajan 1998
VPO/Solti (1983) / 2003*

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

BAV/Jochum (1958) / 1993* "inspirational . . . sounds spacious and full"
VPO/Kempe (1958) / 1995
DRE/Sinopoli 1998

MISC.

Siegfried Idyll

BPO/Kubelik (1963) / 1993
VPO/Solti (1966) / 1994*
BPO/Karajan 1997 "unsurpassed"

CARL MARIA VON WEBER

(1786-1826)

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OVERTURES

PHO/Jarvi 1992
BPO/Karajan (1973) / "self-recommending . . . great style and refinement . . . the Berlin horn playing is peerless

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