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  • Die Feen

    0 0%
  • Das Liebesverbot

    0 0%
  • Rienzi

    1 2.08%
  • The Flying Dutchman

    4 8.33%
  • Tannhäuser

    6 12.50%
  • Lohengrin

    4 8.33%
  • Das Rheingold

    3 6.25%
  • Die Walküre

    1 2.08%
  • Siegfried

    0 0%
  • Götterdämmerung

    1 2.08%
  • Tristan und Isolde

    12 25.00%
  • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

    7 14.58%
  • Parsifal

    9 18.75%
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    Default Your favourite Wagner overture/prelude

    What is your favourite Wagner overture or (act I) prelude?
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    Tannhäuser. It's long, beautiful, powerful, and everything what just can be in an overture.
    After it, maybe Parsifal, Meistersinger and Tristan.

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    I think the Parsifal Overture was the key to me finally giving Wagner a chance. I was so blown away when I heard it for the first time.
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    All?

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    Meistersinger, for managing to get across not only the motives of the rest of the opera, but the actual plot as well.

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    I love them all, so it's hard to choose, but I vote for Die Meistersinger overture - probably the most solemnly joyful and uplifting moment in all Wagner's works, a piece of music that is bright and sparkling like diamonds. I remember another TCser comparing it to a smile set to music. I listened to it during some hard times in my life, and it always gave me a feeling of hope, of good things awaiting just around the corner. And last time I heard it, after a somewhat stressful week, those first blasts of brass had a similar effect on me as a shot of liquor is supposed to have on people: a warmth exploding inside and all my work-related troubles suddenly seeming far away and insignificant. Truly a marvellous piece!

    In fact I think I am going to hear it once more.
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    I studied Flying Dutchman for GCE about 50 years ago. Had an old recording of Knappersbusch conducting the VPO. Fantastic crescendos.

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    I voted for the Tristan prelude: amor/mors.

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    I voted for Tristan, but Parsifal is only 3 cm behind.

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    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg prelude is the best

    Honorable mentions:
    - the bombastic 'Die Walküre'
    - the tragic Götterdämmerung

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    I went out on a limb (or up the creek) with Das Rheingold. That slow building torrent all on one note or chord until it sounds like the whole world is drowning in it. Incredible!

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    Tristan, then Parsifal, then Tannhäuser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zabirilog View Post
    Tannhäuser. It's long, beautiful, powerful, and everything what just can be in an overture.
    Agree. The more commonly recorded and imposing Dresden version, not the Paris version. I still find Klemperer's monumental EMI interpretation with the Philharmonia Orchestra the most impressive and satisfying.
    Last edited by Haydn67; Oct-03-2016 at 01:55.

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    Parsifal . Wagner paints very interesting orchestral colors.
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    Tristan und Isolde then whatever floats my boat.
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