Wagner: Overtures/ Excerpts (Seattle Symphony/ Gerard Schwarz) (Naxos: 8.572767)
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This selection of some of Wagner's finest orchestral excerpts opens with the 'storm-swept ballad' of Der fliegende Hollander
, the opera which launched his epoch-defining later masterpieces. The entire span of Der Ring des Nibelungen
is represented in this programme, from the luminous rainbow bridge which leads the gods to Valhalla in Das Rheingold
, the urgent drama of Die Walkure
, and the atmospheric repose of the Forest Murmurs in Siegfried, to the tragic depths of Siegfried's Funeral March. This recording has been praised for its 'radiant sensuousness'