Class. Music CD Wagner Piano Transcriptions

Chitose Okashiro, Piano
Richard Wagner Piano Transcriptions
PPR 224521

Richard Wagner (1813-1883): Piano Transcriptions
"Tristan und Isolde"
Wagner-Kocsis: Einleitung
Wagner-Moszkowski: Isoldens Tod

"Der Ring des Nibelungen"
Wagner-Brassin: Der Ritt der Walküren, Feuerzauber, Sigmunds Liebesgesang

Wagner-Moszkowski: Der Venusberg

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924), André Messager (1853-1929): Souvenir of Bayreuth
Fantasy on themes from "Der Ring des Nibelungen" by Richard Wagner for 4 hands
*Chitose Okashiro & J. Y. Song

Wagner-Brassin: "Der Ring des Nibelungen" Feuerzauber

In its natural habitat, opera requires singers, dancers, orchestra, conductor, director, designers, choreographers, and stage hands, among others---a battlefield of intrigue and temperament at least as volatile as the production being mounted.,  During the 19th Century, it became a stunning drama in itself to witness all the blood, guts, beauty  and passion of these grand music dramas recreated by a long mortal seated at a single instrument.

In their mature years, Gabriel Fauré ran the Paris Conservatory and Andre Messager directed the Paris Opera.  In more youthful days, however, the two thoroughly French composers worshipped at the shrine of Wagner.  Fauré first heard Das Rheingold and Die Walküre at Cologne in 1878. He journeyed the following year to Munich to hear the entire Ring Cycle.  It was in 1883 that Fauré and Messager made the pilgrimage together to Bayreuth to hear the Ring.  During the I880s, the two friends collaborated on a work for piano 4-hands “just for fun”.  The witty keyboard fantasy, Souvenirs de Bayreuth, took the form of a quadrille—a trendy ballroom dance in 19th Century Paris often fashioned from popular tunes and opera arias.  The pastiche opens and closes with the familiar Walküren cry, "Ho-jo-to-ho!”   In between, the piano resonates with modified versions Ride Of The  Walküre, the horn-call signifying the young hero Siegfried, the motif of the magic helmet which conferred invisibility, the theme of the Walsungs, Siegmund's love song, the melody of the Rhinemaidens, the lament for the loss of their "Rheingold" and the ever-dazzling Magic Fire Music.


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