℗ 2013 Chandos
 

Wagner: Overtures and Preludes

Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

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Overture to ‘Die Feen’, WWV 32  
1
Adagio – Un poco meno adagio – Tempo I – Allegro con molto fuoco – Più allegro
Richard Wagner; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
10:48
Overture to ‘Columbus’, WWV 37  
2
Allegro molto agitato – Andante maestoso – Tempo I – Andante maestoso – Tempo I – Andante maestoso – Tempo I – Andante – Tempo I – Andante – Presto
Richard Wagner; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
8:02
Overture to ‘Das Liebesverbot’, WWV 38  
3
Molto vivace – Allegro con fuoco – Presto
Richard Wagner; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
8:10
Overture to ‘Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen’, WWV 49  
4
Molto sostenuto e maestoso – Allegro energico – Un poco più vivace – Molto più stretto
Richard Wagner; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
11:16
Eine Faust-Ouvertüre, WWV 59  
5
Sehr gehalten – Sehr bewegt – Sehr allmählich das Tempo etwas zurückhalten – A tempo – Wild
Richard Wagner; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
11:03
Overture to ‘Der fliegende Holländer’, WWV 63  
6
Allegro con brio – Andante – Animando un poco – Tempo I – Molto animato – Un poco ritenuto (not previously released)
Richard Wagner; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
11:00
Prelude to Act III of ‘Lohengrin’, WWV 75  
7
Sehr lebhaft
Richard Wagner; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
3:04
Prelude to ‘Tristan und Isolde’, WWV 90  
8
Langsam und schmachtend
Richard Wagner; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
6:43
Prelude to ‘Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg’, WWV 96  
9
Sehr mäßig bewegt – Bewegt, doch immer noch etwas breit – Mäßig im Hauptzeitmaß – Im mäßigen Hauptzeitmaß – Sehr gewichtig
Richard Wagner; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
3:04
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    73:10
"... an excellent programme ... hard to better ... illuminated by the fine playing of the RSNO, gleaming richly in the spacious grandeur ..."
- BBC Music Magazine

"... Järvi is a master of this repertoire and he continually conjures splendid playing from his Scottish orchestra ... the sound is of the highest Chandos quality to match the fine playing ..."
- Gramophone

This album is a compilation of highlights from Neeme Järvi’s five-volume Wagner series with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. As an added bonus, the previously unreleased Overture to Der fliegende Holländer is included here. Enriching the album are the Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, the Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, the seldom performed and recorded Weber-inspired Overture to Columbus and Eine Faust-Ouvertüre. Taking its inspiration from Goethe’s famous play, this work has become one of the main examples of 19th century programme music.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow; 18 and 19 August 2009 (Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin), 16 and 17 February 2010 (Overtures to Die Feen and Das Liebesverbot, Prelude to Tristan und Isolde), 17 – 19 August 2010 (Overture to Columbus, Eine Faust-Ouvertüre, Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), & 21 and 22 March 2011 (Overtures to Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen and Der fliegende Holländer [not previously released])
Recording producer: Brian Pidgeon
Sound engineer: Ralph Couzens
Assistant engineer: Jonathan Cooper
Editor: Jonathan Cooper
A & R administrator: Mary McCarthy
Front cover: Montage by designer incorporating photograph of Neeme Järvi © Tiit Veermäe / Alamy
Design and typesetting: Cassidy Rayne Creative
Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen

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