Bleeding Chunks of Wagner
Johannes Wildner, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Michael Halász, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Alexander Rahbari, Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, Uwe Mund, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Slovak Philharmonic Chorus
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a "best of" like you've never heard it done before. awesome!
Satisfying chunks of memorable music
Purists may scoff at the blatant extraction of these "choice bits" of Wagner's voluminous output. Most people, however, don't want to sit for 2 hours listening to an opera before they hit a 3 minute piece they recognize. Wagner is many things, but subtle isn't necessarily one of them. This compilation gives a direct line to the chunks of his music you might not even know you know. If you want to go from here and make a big investment in time, then you can delve into the full operas.
This is enough for me, though. The performances are pretty good, and the selection is ideal for a casual fan, or for someone who has no real knowledge of opera and wants to learn about Wagner's musical diversity.
Nice album art, too.
all the best bits.