Wagner: Symphony in C; Overtures to Das Liebesverbot & Die Feen; Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

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COMPOSERS: Wagner
LABELS: Carlton Turnabout
WORKS: Symphony in C; Overtures to Das Liebesverbot & Die Feen; Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
PERFORMER: Hamburg SO/Heribert Beissel, Radio Luxembourg SO/Alois Springer, Minnesota Orchestra/ Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
CATALOGUE NO: 30371 00442 ADD
The familiar Tristan excerpts apart, these works are from Wagner’s early years. The Symphony is not the operatic Wagner without voices, but instead owes much to Weber, Schumann and Beethoven, as do the overtures (Liebesverbot sounds like Gilbert & Sullivan at times). Die Feen begins to point the way to more familiar Wagnerian sounds whilst the Tristan Prelude merely underlines the quantum leap between it and the other works, despite the idiomatic and sympathetic performances they get here. Christopher Fifield

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