Petra Lang, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer – Wagner: Die Meistersinger (2013) DSF DSD64

Petra Lang, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer – Wagner: Die Meistersinger (2013)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz  | Time – 01:04:22 minutes | 2,54 GB | Genre: Classical
Source: ISO SACD | © Channel Classics | Booklet, Front Cover
Recorded: January 2012, Palace of Arts, Budapest

Wagner is the giant among composers because he created his own world. Whereas others interpreted ancient and familiar mythology, Wagner created his own myth. Whereas others composed to librettos by poets, Wagner wrote his own texts. He evenbuilt his own opera house, which had to be different and innovative. Wagner was the greatest creative genius of music history.And yet this superhuman giant also had a sense of humor, clearly audible in thewonderfully constructed Meistersinger Overture. And he had intimate, sensitive lyricism, which moves us deeply in his Siegfried-Idyll. This lyricism is the most important aspect of Wagner’s music; Brünnhilde’s beautiful, longing melody which shines through the huge flame that absorbs her and the collapsing world. –Iván Fischer

To mark the bicentennial of Richard Wagner’s birth, Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra have released this hybrid SACD of orchestral excerpts from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung. Such orchestral selections have been popular with concertgoers since Wagner’s time, and they have served as much needed introductions to the much longer music dramas, which require a considerable time commitment and sitzfleisch from listeners. Even so, this program is fairly standard, opening with the Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger (which has been recorded so frequently, one might have wished for another option, say, the Prelude to Act III or the Dance of the Apprentices), and continuing through the Siegfried Idyll, Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey, Siegfried’s Funeral March, and the Immolation Scene (featuring soprano Petra Lang). To the extent that Fischer and the Budapest musicians do justice to Wagner’s music in these manageable portions, listeners can try this collection before gorging on the main courses of the music dramas, which is highly recommended. –AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson


Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
1 Prelude 9.50
2 Idyll 17.38
3 Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey 9.40
4 Siegfried’s Funeral March 8.18
5 Immolation scene 18.34

Petra Lang, soprano #5
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer, conductor


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