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Fantasia in F sharp minor, WWV22


In Wagner’s Fantasy one can hear the influence of Beethoven, in particular the brooding style of such works as the 'Pathétique' and other piano sonatas from the great composer’s 'middle period'. Wagner had a life-long admiration of Beethoven, and became particularly noted for his interpretations as a conductor of Beethoven’s symphonies, most particularly the Fifth.

The Fantasy approximately outlines a three-movement sonata work, each movement preceded and linked by dramatic recitative passages. It opens with such a brooding, recitative-like section, which leads into an episode marked Un poco lento. More dramatic recitative introduces a bridge passage, with a passing resemblance to the famous Toccata attributed to Bach, which leads to an impetuous Allegro agitato. Another episode of recitative introduces a broad Adagio molto e cantabile, Beethoven-like in its noble melodiousness, with a hint of the 'Tempest' Sonata in some threatening rumbles in the bass. After some dramatic recollections of earlier sections of the Fantasy, a recapitulation of the opening Un poco lento returns the work to the lugubrious gloom from which it started.

from notes by Daniel Jaffé © 2014


Wagner: Wagner without words
Studio Master: SIGCD388Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 2 on SIGCD388 CD1 [26'01] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD388 disc 1 track 2

Recording date
16 March 2014
Recording venue
Wyastone Recording Studio, Monmouth, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Judith Sherman
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor & Mike Hatch
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  1. Wagner: Wagner without words (SIGCD388)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: September 2014
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