Classical Sunday: Böhm’s Wagner

Böhm was widely admired for his skillful balance and blend of sound, his feeling for a stable tempo and his sense of dramatic tension.

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Selection of Richard Wagner’s famous opera overtures and preludes

01. Rienzi: Overture 00:00
02. Parsifal: Prelude 12:26
03. Der Fliegende Holländer: Overture 24:27
04. Lohengrin: Prelude 35:00
05. Tristan und Isolde: Prelude 44:55
06. Die Meistersänger von Nürnberg: Prelude 56:48
07. Tannhäuser: Overture 01:06:53

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Karl Böhm (1894 – 1981)

Karl Böhm was an Austrian conductor, best known for his performances of the music of Mozart, Wagner and Richard Strauss.  Some consider him one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century.  I’m wondering if he was my maternal grandfather‘s favorite conductor – he quite possibly was.  Grandpa did love Wagner and no mistake.

The paintings shown are:
Arthur Hacker: The Temptation of Percival.
Johann Heinrich Füssli: The Shepherd’s Dream.
Nils Blommér: Ängsälvor (meadow elves).
Frederic Leighton: Tristan and Isolde.

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