Nina Stemme, soprano
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
April 2013


Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder, Sigfried-Idyll, Overtures

Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard are joined by one of today’s foremost Wagner singers. Named ‘Singer of the Year’ by Opernwelt magazine in 2012, Nina Stemme has been the Isolde of choice at Glyndebourne, Bayreuth and Covent Garden.

For this album Nina performs the five Wesendonck-Lieder, of which two in particular, Im Treibhaus and Träume, were referred to by Wagner as ‘studies’ for Tristan and Isolde. Wagner himself prepared a version for violin and orchestra of Träume, and the ensemble includes this setting featuring principal violinist, Katarina Andreasson, as soloist.

The Wesendonck-Lieder are framed by two versions of the overture to Der fliegende Holländer, the rarely heard 1841 original version and the composer’s final creation from 1860, with its new ending inspired by Tristan, composed three years earlier.

Richard Wagner

1. Overture to Der fliegende Holländer (original version) 8:49

Wesendonck-Lieder, WWV 91
2. 1. Der Engel 2:48
3. 2. Stehe still! 3:44
4. 3. Im Treibhaus 5:50
5. 4. Schmerzen 2:21
6. 5. Träume 4:26

7. Overture to Der fliegende Holländer, WWV 63 (final version) 9:50

8. Siegfried-Idyll, WWV 103 17:10
9. Träume (No. 5 of the Wesendonck-Lieder) 4:07

10. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, WWV 96 – Prelude 8:55

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