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    Wagner: The Collector's Edition

    The 6-LP limited edition set includes landmark performances from Jessye Norman, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Jess Thomas and more; a musthave
    for the dedicated Wagner collector.

    Richard Wagner was one of the most revolutionary figures in the history of music, a composer who made pivotal contributions to the development of harmony and musical drama that reverberate even today. Indeed, though Wagner occasionally produced successful music written on a relatively modest scale, opera -- the bigger, the better -- was clearly his milieu, and his aesthetic is perhaps the most grandiose that Western music has ever known. Early in his career, Wagner learned both the elements and the practical, political realities of his craft by writing a handful of operas which were unenthusiastically, even angrily, received. Beginning with Rienzi (1838-40) and The Flying Dutchman (1841), however, he enjoyed a string of successes that propelled him to immortality and changed the face of music. His monumental Ring cycle of four operas -- Das Rheingold (1853-54), Die WalkÜre (1854-56), Siegfried (1856-71) and GötterdÄmmerung (1869-74) -- remains the most ambitious and influential contribution by any composer to the opera literature. Tristan and Isolde (1857-59) is perhaps the most representative example of Wagner's musical style, which is characterized by a high degree of chromaticism, a restless, searching tonal instability, lush harmonies, and the association of specific musical elements (known as leitmotifs, the flexible manipulation of which is one of the glories of Wagner's music) with certain characters and plot points. Wagner wrote text as well as music for all his operas, which he preferred to call music dramas.

    - Rovi Staff (All Music Guide)

    LP 1 / Wagner: Choruses
    Der fliegende HollÄnder
    1. Act 1 - Mit Gewitter und Sturm aus fernem Meer
    2. Act 2 - Summ und Brumm, du gutes RÄdchen - Dann hÄlt uns lÄnger keine Pflicht (Chor der MÄdchen, Mary, Senta)
    3. Act 3 - Steuermann, lass die Wacht! (nur Chor)
    4. Act 2 - Freudig begrÜßen wir die edle Halle
    5. Act 3 - BeglÜckt darf nun dich, o Heimat, ich schauen - Heil! Heil! Der Gnade Wunder Heil!
    6. Act 1 - Seht, seht! Welch ein seltsam Wunder!
    7. Act 2 - Gesegnet soll sie schreiten
    8. Act 3 - Treulich gefÜhrt ziehet dahin
    Die Meistersinger von NÜrnberg
    9. Act 3 - Wacht auf! Es nahet gen den Tag - Ehrt eure deutschen Meister
    Zweiter Aufzug
    10. Szene 3: Hoiho! Hoihohoho Ihr Gibichsmannen
    11. Act 1 - Zum letzten Liebesmahle gerÜstet Tag fÜr Tag

    LP 2 / Wagner: Tristan and Isolde - Arias & Duets
    Tristan und Isolde
    1. Act 2 - Isolde! Geliebte! - Tristan! Geliebter!
    Tristan und Isolde
    2. Act 2 - Einsam wachend in der Nacht - O ewnge Nacht (Brangaenens Watch and Love Duet ( II))
    3. Act 3 - Mild und leise wie er lÄchelt (Isoldes Liebestod) (Isolde)

    LP 3 / Jess Thomas Sings Richard Wagner
    Die Meistersinger von NÜrnberg
    1. Act 1 - Fanget an!
    2. Act 3 - Morgenlich leuchtend
    3. Act 3 - Höchstes Vertraun hast du mir schon zu danken
    4. Act 3 - In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten
    Die WalkÜre
    Erster Aufzug
    5. Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater
    Das Rheingold
    Zweite Szene
    6. Immer ist Undank Loges Lohn!
    7. Act 5 - AllmÄcht'ger Vater, blick herab
    8. Act 3 - Nur eine Waffe taugt

    LP 4 / Wagner: Overtures and Preludes
    1. Overture
    TannhÄuser and the Contest of Song on the Wartburg
    2. Overture
    Die Meistersinger von NÜrnberg
    3. Prelude
    4. Prelude

    LP 5 / Wagner: Tristan and Isolde - Highlights
    Tristan und Isolde
    1. Prelude to Act 1. Langsam und schmachtend
    2. Act 1 - Herr Tristan trete nah - Nun lass uns SÜhne trinken
    3. Act 2 - O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe - ...bald entweicht die Nacht
    Tristan und Isolde
    4. Act 3 - Prelude
    5. Act 3 - O Wonne! Nein! - Isolde - Ha
    6. Act 3 - Tod und Hölle - ...ertrinken, versinken, unbewusst, höchste Lust

    LP 6 / Wagner: TannhÄuser Overture, Siegfried-Idyll, Tristan und Isolde (Excerpts)
    1. Overture
    2. Siegfried Idyll
    Tristan und Isolde
    3. Prelude to Act 1. Langsam und schmachtend
    4. Act 3 - Mild und leise wie er lÄchelt (Isoldes Liebestod)

    Various Artists
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