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Wagner Week: The Non-Operatic Music

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It is not always easy, in Wagner's 200th anniversary year, to find fresh ways of approaching his time-honored canon. The essential works are limited to about 10 operas (counting the Ring cycle as four), and beyond the opera house you hear little but the Wesendonck Lieder and the Siegfried Idyll.

But today we go beyond the "hits" and consider some neglected corners of his catalog, including his overtures, marches, a piano sonata and even a symphony. You might even hear a regal Wagner tuba in the mix if you listen carefully.

 

Programming Highlights for Friday, July 26

7 am Sonata for the Album of Frau M.W. (Gerhard Oppitz – performed on Wagner’s piano in Villa Wahnfried)

9 am Grand Festival March in G Major  (commissioned for the American centenary in 1876) (Marek Janowski, conductor)

11 am Mignonne, WWV 57  (Thomas Hampson, baritone)

1 pm Symphony in E Major, WWV 35 (Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor)

3pm Columbus Overture  (Jeffrey Tate, conductor)

5 pm  Hebt an den Sang "An Webers Grabe"  (Michel Plasson, conductor)

7 pm  Symphony in C Major, WWV 29  (Hiroshi Wakasugi, conductor)

9 pm  Arrival of the Black Swans (Mikhail Rudy, piano)

Operavore Stream Highlights

DAS RHEINGOLD
 
Wotan – George London
Donner – Eberhard Wachter
Froh – Waldemar Kmentt
Loge – Set Svanholm
Alberich –Gustav Neidlinger
Mime – Paul Kuen
Fasolt – Walter Kreppel
Fafner – Kurt Bohme
Fricka – Kristen Flagstad
Freia – Claire Watson
Erda – Jean Madeira
Woglinde – Oda Balsborg
Wellgunde – Hetty Plumacher
Flosshilde – Ira Malaniuk
 
Wiener Staatsopernchor
Wilhelm Pitz, chorus master
Wiener Philharmoniker
Sir Georg Solti, conductor
Decca – 455 555-2
 
 
DIE WALKURE
 
Siegmund – James King
Hunding – Gottlob Frick
Wotan – Hans Hotter
Sieglinde – Regine Crespin
Brunnhilde – Birgit Nilsson
Fricka – Christa Ludwig
Gerhilde – Vera Schlosser
Ortlinde – Helga Dernesch
Waltraute – Brigitte Fassbaender
Schwertleite – Helen Watts
Helmwige –Berit Lindholm
Siegrune – Vera Little
Grimgerde – Marilyn Tyler
Rossweisse – Claudia Hellmann
 
Wiener Staatsopernchor
Wilhelm Pitz, chorus master
Wiener Philharmoniker
Sir Georg Solti, conductor
Decca – 455 555-2
 
 
SIEGFRIED
 
Siegfried – Wolfgang Windgassen
Mime – Gerhard Stolze
Der Wanderer – Hans Hotter
Alberich – Gustav Neidlinger
Fafner – Kurt Bohme
Erda – Marga Hoffgen
Brunnhilde – Birgit Nilsson
Der Waldvogel – Joan Sutherland
 
Wiener Staatsopernchor
Wilhelm Pitz, chorus master
Wiener Philharmoniker
Sir Georg Solti, conductor
Decca – 455 555-2
 
 
GOTTERDAMERUNG
 
Siegfried – Wolfgang Windgassen
Gunther – Dietrich Discher-Dieskau
Hagen – Gottlob Frick
Alberich – Gustav Neidlinger
Brunnhilde – Birgit Nilsson
Gutrune – Claire Watson
Waltraute – Christa Ludwig
1. Norn – Helen Watts
2. Norn – Grace Hoffman
3. Norn – Anita Walkki
Woglinde – Lucia Popp
Wellgunde – Gwyneth Jones
Flosshilde – Maureen Guy
 
Wiener Staatsopernchor
Wilhelm Pitz, chorus master
Wiener Philharmoniker
Sir Georg Solti, conductor
Decca – 455 555-2