Friday, 22 August 2014

EVENSONG. Wagner - Tannhäuser, Overture - Thielemann

Might just be that it is a later recording but this seems so much warmer and brighter than my lifelong favourite, by Herbert von Karajan and the Vienna Philarmonic; wrote good overtures, did Wagner

9 comments:

Bungalow Bill said...

Now there's a start to the day.

Rosevidney Rustic said...

Sublime. In my minds eye I can see the mists lifting from the mountains.

callmeishmael said...

Always sounds maritime to me, the last five minutes or so, especially, the horns sure and steadfast, the first fidlles leaping and swirling like a rip tide; sublime, anyway, as you say.

mrs narcolept said...

I have been set in my ways, devoted to HvK, but this is now on my list not only of must-buy but also must-go-and-hear-live.

Incidentally, there is a vast free archive of von K performances issued for his anniversary somewhere in cyberspace. I keep being sent links. There are some forgotten joys and eternal loves amongst them.

call me ishmael said...

It was boomy Deutsche Gramafon HvK Beethoven recordings which sparked my interest, too.

Once there were giants, now, music is better performed, better recorded but its practitioners more branded than blessed.

Rightwinggit said...

Mr. Ish, the bloke in the vid waving the stick about is the conductor of the Vienna Phil..

HVK was the conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic.

I'm confused..

call me ishmael said...

Just saying, mr rwg, that I grew up considering HvK to have set the benchmark, certainly for the Beethoven symphonies and for what little Wagner I know. Maestro Thieleman, I think, with a less clinical vivacity, challenges HvK's supremacy hitherto; I think that is what mrs narcolept was saying too.

For music scholars or afficianados the performance which I posted will be well known for years, now, but it was new to me.

mrs narcolept said...

I find I get so attached to a particular performer or interpreter that I fail to listen to others, missing a lot of delight in the process though becoming ever more enchanted by my chosen ones. Often it takes someone to say Hear This for me to make the effort.



call me ishmael said...

It is inescapable, I fear, mrs narcolept and I no longer reproach myself for what I don't know, Christ, that'd be an endless Fool's game, were ever there one.

I thought that Neville Marriner's Messiah was the last word, until, one sickly morning, lying in bed, I heard and saw on YouTube, Harry Christophers' Messiah in Dublin, performed and filmed some years, maybe decades ago. I could have been listening to that, twice yeary, as I do, but no matter, Marriner's was all I needed, really.