Wagner Week: The Non-Operatic Music

Friday, July 26, 2013

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

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
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 – 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
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


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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richartd Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

FRANZ LISZT who had been a friend of Wagner for many years and had transcribed many of Wagner's choicest selections maintaining their essence and allowing for virtuoso display with elan, also prepared LOHENGRIN's world premiere when Wagner was for political reasons unable to participate. COSIMA, Liszt's daughter became Wagner's second wife and was intimately involved in all matters that touched on Wagner's aspirations and enterprises. Just as BACH's music is performed by all sorts of instrumental ensembles , even the MOOG, so Wagner's music may be thoroughly enjoyed in piano arrangements, but their original versions with singers are the definitive versions. The incandescent beauty and intoxicating spirituality are so transformational in Wagner's oeuvre that any religious belief may be accommodated and synthesized to replicate the sense of selfless empathy for the welfare of others that the sacrificed UNICO represents to us all. That may explain why so many famous JEWISH singers GEORGE LONDON, RICHARD TAUBER, HERMANN JADLOWKER, MELANIE KURT, FRIEDRICH SCHORR, ALEXANDER KIPNIS, EMANUEL LIST, JONAS KAUFMANN, OTTILIE METZGER, LILLI LEHMANN, HERMANN WEIL, DESZO ERNSTER, HERTA GLAZ, MARGARETE MATZENAUER, SOPHIE BRASLAU, WALTER OLITZKY, GERHARD PECHNER, ESTELLE LIEBLING, MONA PAULEE, GUNTHER TREPTOW, PAULA LENCHNER, ALMA GLUCK, ADOLF ROBINSON, IRENE JESSNER, MAX BLOCH, ERNESTINE SCHUMANN-HEINK, HERMANN SCHRAMM, SIEGFRIED JERUSALEM, PAUL KALISCH, ETC], conductors LEONARD BERNSTEIN, JAMES LEVINE, BRUNO WALTER, ALFRED HERTZ, DANIEL BARENBOIM, GEORG SOLTI, WALTER AND LEOPOLD DAMROSCH, ARTUR RODZINSKY, RICHARD FRANK GOLDMAN AND HIS FATHER THE FOUNDER OF THE GOLDMAN BAND THAT PERFORMED BRASS INSTRUMENT VERSIONS OF THE WAGNER "REP," FRITZ REINER, SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY, FABIEN SEVITSKY, ERICH LEINSDORF, and HERMANN LEVI, the conductor whom Wagner himself appointed to premiere PARSIFAL at Bayreuth, Levi's father being a rabbi, and Levi reportedly denied Wagner's request for him to turn Christian, still Wagner decided LEVI was the best one to cinduct his work, ETC. and stage directors HERBERT GRAF AND LEOPOLD SACHSE dedicated the fullest portion of their careers to performing Wagner's music dramas.

Jul. 27 2013 02:09 AM
Elisabeth Trumpler from Bensalem, PA

What happened to the Prologue of Goetterdaemmerung today? Was it omitted on purpose, or not intended??

Jul. 26 2013 07:21 PM

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