Wagner: Faust Overture (Excerpts Lohengrin/ Parsifal) (Alessandra Marc/ Seattle Symphony / Gerard Schwarz) (Naxos: 8.572768)
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Under the dual influences of Goethe and Berlioz, Wagner wrote A Faust Overture in Paris. Years later, in 1855, he returned to the work, revising it to create an even greater sense of drama and narrative conviction. In the excerpts from his romantic opera Lohengrin we hear the visionary Prelude to Act I
and the Act III Prelude
, which includes the well-known Wedding March
. Elsa's Dream
is sung by the internationally acclaimed soprano, Alessandra Marc
. The orchestral music from Parsifal contains some of the most transcendent music Wagner ever wrote. Volumes 1 and 3 in this series are available on 8.572767 and 8.572769.