Sigfrid Karg-Elert - Wagner Operas for Harmonium and Piano | Pan Classics PC10335

Sigfrid Karg-Elert - Wagner Operas for Harmonium and Piano

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Label: Pan Classics

Cat No: PC10335

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 29th June 2015

Contents

Works

Wagner, Richard

Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)
» Summ und brumm, du gutes Radchen (Spinnerlied) (Act 2) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
» Marsch der Meistersinger (Act 3) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
» Selig, wie die Sonne meines Gluckes lacht (Quintet) (Act 3) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
Die Walkure
» Wintersturme wichen dem Wonnemond (Siegmund's Love-Song) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
Gotterdammerung
» Siegfried's Funeral March (Act 3) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
» Siegfrieds Tod (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
Lohengrin
» Prelude to Act 1 (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
» Treulich gefuhrt ziehet dahin (Bridal chorus) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
Parsifal
» Aus dem Chor der Blumenmadchen (Act 2) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
Tannhauser
» Entrance of the Guests (Act 2) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
Tristan und Isolde
» Isolde's Liebestod (Act 3) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)

Artists

Jan Hennig (harmonium)
Ernst Breidenbach (piano)

Works

Wagner, Richard

Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)
» Summ und brumm, du gutes Radchen (Spinnerlied) (Act 2) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
» Marsch der Meistersinger (Act 3) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
» Selig, wie die Sonne meines Gluckes lacht (Quintet) (Act 3) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
Die Walkure
» Wintersturme wichen dem Wonnemond (Siegmund's Love-Song) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
Gotterdammerung
» Siegfried's Funeral March (Act 3) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
» Siegfrieds Tod (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
Lohengrin
» Prelude to Act 1 (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
» Treulich gefuhrt ziehet dahin (Bridal chorus) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
Parsifal
» Aus dem Chor der Blumenmadchen (Act 2) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
Tannhauser
» Entrance of the Guests (Act 2) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)
Tristan und Isolde
» Isolde's Liebestod (Act 3) (arr. Karg-Elert for harmonium and piano)

Artists

Jan Hennig (harmonium)
Ernst Breidenbach (piano)

About

The practice of adapting contemporary music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was aimed at making well-known works playable at home. The piano and the harmonium, as instruments for domestic music-making, were of the utmost importance. But for Karg-Elert, the harmonium, especially the Kunstharmonium, (art harmonium) was a concert instrument and one perfect for use in adaptations. Wagner in particular occupied a prominent place for Karg-Elert and he adapted 30 pieces from Wagner’s operas for these instruments.

Whereas the strengths of the piano, as a hammer or percussion instrument, are based on virtuosity, dexterity and possibilities of different accents, the harmonium is particularly convincing because of an expressivity through sound production by means of free reeds. A variety of timbres, as well as crescendo and decrescendo on sustained tones, are its principal domain.

Karg-Elert’s Wagner transcriptions deserve a position of importance, for his artistic standards go beyond pure adaptation and the orchestral aspect is uniquely shown to advantage, especially in these harmonium-piano duo versions.

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