Severin von Eckardstein – Richard Wagner: Wagner And The Piano (2013) MCH SACD ISO

Severin von Eckardstein – Richard Wagner: Wagner And The Piano (2013)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 / 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 1:15:40 minutes | Full Scans included | 3,9 GB
Genre: Classical | Publisher (label): MDG Scene – MDG 904 1805-6

Richard Wagner’s bicentennial year has yielded fresh performances of his music dramas, as well as some explorations of his non-operatic vocal & orchestral music. Somewhat surpisingly, though, the piano has figured significantly among releases in 2013: 2 recordings of Wagner’s complete works for piano have appeared on the Brilliant & Dynamic labels, & they have been followed by this MDG album of keyboard transcriptions by various hands. Notably excluded are any transcriptions or paraphrases by Franz Liszt, which are so famous that they would warrant a separate album by themselves, & including them would have overwhelmed the competition here. Instead, pianist Severin von Eckardstein has programmed less familiar arrangements that are almost never heard anymore, or so new that they haven’t achieved wide recognition. In the former category are Louis Brassin’s splashy treatment of selections from Das Ring der Nibelungen, Ferruccio Busoni’s elaboration of Siegfried’s Funeral Music from Gцtterdдmmerung, August Stradel’s transcriptions of the Transformation Scene & Good Friday Spell from Parsifal, & Moritz Moszkowski’s version of Isolde’s Liebestod from Tristan & Isolde. The 2 modern selections are Sydney Corbett’s freely atonal Grabmal Kundry In Memoriam Hans Werner Henze, & Zoltбn Kocsis’ faithful adaptation of the Prelude to Tristan & Isolde. Eckardstein’s skills are equal to the enormous demands of the music, which are sometimes as virtuosic as anything Liszt produced, though his expressive powers hold the listener’s attention & make the album work at an artistic level. As flashy as keyboard arrangements can be, Eckardstein finds the lyricism, drama, & pathos in Wagner’s music, underneath all the scales & embellishments, & delivers impressively musical performances throughout.


Aus: Der Ring Des Nibelungen”
1. Walhall 3:59
Arranged By – Louis Brassin

2. Siegmunds Liebegesang 4:04
Arranged By – Louis Brassin

3. Der Ritt Der Walküren 5:19
Arranged By – Louis Brassin

4. Feuerzauber / Magic Fire-Scene 4:49
Arranged By – Louis Brassin

5. Waldleben / Woodland Murmurs 5:15
Arranged By – Louis Brassin

Aus: “Götterdämmerung”
6. Marcia Funebre 8:20
Arranged By – Ferruccio Busoni

Aus: “Parsifal”
7. Verwandlungsmusik 10:32
Arranged By – August Stradal

8. Charfreitagzauber 9:52
Arranged By – August Stradal

9. Grabmal Kundry In Memoriam Hans Werner Henze 7:04
Arranged By – Sidney Corbett

Aus: “Tristan Und Isolde”
10. Einleitung 8:04
Arranged By – Zoltán Kocsis

Schluß-Szene Aus Tristan Und Isolde
11. Isoldens Tod 8:16
Arranged By – Moritz Moszkowski


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