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  1. Beethoven - Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia ‎– Symphony No. 7 In A / Symphony No. 8 In F

    For the last few installments of our #Beethoven2020 series, we considered Liszt’s transcriptions of Beethoven’s symphonies no. 4, 5 and 6. Today, we return to the orchestral versions of these symphonies, with Otto Klemperer’s renditions of the symphonies number 7 and 8.

    According to the Penguin Guide, Klemperer recorded his first cycle of Beethoven symphonies for EMI with the Philharmonia orchestra from 1954 onwards, in mono. He made another series from 1961, recording in stereo.
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  2. Wagner: Rienzi (Edward Downes recording)

    The last of Wagner's early operas and his overall longest opera ever at 4 hours and 40 minutes. There's lots of pomp and circumstance here with choruses and ensembles, processions, and a 39 minute ballet. It was well worth the long time to listen to it all in my opinion. I actually quite like its over-the-top nature.

    There are many great selections. The overture, the opening scene, the Act I final, the Act II opening, the ballet, the Act II final, Adriano's aria "Gerechter Gott",
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    Updated Jul-26-2020 at 16:29 by adriesba

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    Classical Music , Opera
  3. Wagner: Das Liebesverbot (Edward Downes recording)

    BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra and BBC Northern Singers

    Friedrich - Raimund Herincx
    Luzio - Alexander Young
    Claudio - Ian Caley
    Antonio - Neil Jenkins
    Angelo - William Elvin
    Isabella - April Cantelo
    Mariana - Ilse Wolf
    Brighella - Lawrence Richard
    Danieli - Leslie Fyson
    Dorella - Elizabeth Gale
    Pontio Pilato - David Lennox

    From the DG Wagner: Complete Operas box.

    Well, this was rather odd. It's hard
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    Updated Jul-24-2020 at 00:50 by adriesba

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    Classical Music , Opera
  4. Wagner: Die Feen (Edward Downes recording)

    BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra and BBC Northern Singers

    Arindal - John Mitchinson
    Ada - April Cantelo
    Lora - Lorna Haywood
    Morald - Tom McDonnell
    Gunther - Richard Greager
    Gernot - Paul Hudson
    Drolla - Teresa Cahill
    Zemina - Elizabeth Gale
    Farzana - Della Jones
    Harald - Don Garrard
    Groma - Don Garrard
    Fairy king - Don Garrard
    Messenger - Jolyon Dodgson


    Recording from the DG Wagner: Complete
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    Updated Jul-22-2020 at 12:25 by adriesba

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    Classical Music , Opera
  5. Glenn Gould, Beethoven, Liszt ‎– Piano Transcription: Symphony No. 6 (''Pastoral'')

    This week, our lone Tuesday Blog share for July completes our two-part look at Liszt’s transcriptions of Beethoven’s symphonies, with a performance of the Pastoral Symphony.

    For the past few months, we have been living through a pandemic and, as I considered musing about this week’s share, I got to wonder how Glenn Gould – a notorious germophobe – would have fared through a situation like this one. My conclusion is simple: I think he would done just fine, given he lived
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