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Frederick Fennell - Wagner For Band


Speakers Corner (Mercury Living Presence)



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AMER 90276
EAN: 4260019712561
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP

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As is always the case with Wagner's music, the large brass instruments in orchestra pits all over the world are called upon to give their utmost. The idea of having a wind ensemble to perform the most magnificent-sounding passages is, therefore, not as far-fetched as it might seem. Wagner too appreciated the colorful sound which a wind-and-brass ensemble can produce, as is proved by the fact that in his Ring cycle, he introduced a complete "wind band" consisting of 33 players. Fennell and the Eastman Wind Ensemble treat the arrangements here with such care and respect that no one will miss the delightfully warm carpet of sound of the strings in the original version. Where lyrical sentimentis called for, the high woodwinds play airily and precisely and are supported by a sonorous, organ-like base which gradually builds up to dramatic musical exuberance. Even when the highest dynamic range has been reached, no particular register is dominantly in the foreground but blends in to produce powerful, harmonious surges of sound. These arrangements bring together dynamic agility, complete transparency and musicality. One really cannot wish for more Wagner than is offered on this LP.

"…As a stereo showpiece, Wagner for Band was, is, and remains a keeper." - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound, June/July 2006

1. Prelude to Act 3, Bridal Chorus ( Lohengrin)
2. Entry Of The Gods Into Valhalla ( Das Rheingold)
3. Elsa’s Procession To The Cathedral ( Lohengrin)
4. Overture to Rienzi, Good Friday Music ( Parsifal)

Customer Reviews (4.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

Recommended TAS List LP

posted on 01/14/2012
4 Stars
Reviewer: Triodeotl
This LP has been a long standing TAS list LP and there is a reason why. Its the sound which has the fullest Mercury sound on record that I have heard and also one of the biggest bass drum sounds ever. Telarc is not match for this.

Reservation is that this is the wedding march on side one but the sound is so big and warm you will not care. If you relish sonic knockouts then you must have this LP in your collection. If you love sound you will be pulling it out all the time to show off you systems bass response and harmonic coherency. Recommended if you love big bass and big sound. A audiophile knockout if there ever was one.

Lets have one round of hands for the Mercury Team and especially Harold Lawrence for allowing this work of art to have taken place. ++++

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