The London Philharmonic Orchestra has a long and enviable recording history and this previously unreleased concert recording documents some of the great moments under their former principal conductor Klaus Tennstedt (1983-1990).
Wagner’s celebrated output for the opera house resulted not only in some staggering stage works, but also in unparalleled orchestral achievements. His operatic preludes, overtures and interludes have acquired a status as stand-alone concert works in their own right. Klaus Tennstedt was totally dedicated to the London Philharmonic Orchestra - a dedication reciprocated by the Orchestra’s musicians, staff and audiences, which pervades this live performance from 1988.
In reviewing the concert from which this release is drawn The financial Times reported on 9 May 1988: ‘ The banner proclaiming ”Welcome back Klaus” left no doubt as the warmth of feeling on Friday night, when Klaus Tennstedt returned to this country and his won orchestra, the London Philharmonic, after a protracted illness. This was a long-awaited event and it is difficult to imagine it being celebrated more gloriously than with this Wagner Programme.’
Prelude from: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Overture from: Rienzi Orchestral excerpts from: Die Ring des Nibelungen Gotterdammerung Dawn and Siegfried’s Journey to the Rhine Siegfried’s Funeral Music Die Walkure Ride of the Valkyries (concert version) From Tannhauser: Overture and Venusberg Music