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Prelude to The Meistersinger from Nürnberg


This Glenn Gould transcription is of Wagner’s contrapuntal tour de force, the Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Wagner himself presented this Prelude as a self-standing work some six years before the first production of the complete opera, and it has been a popular part of the orchestral repertory ever since: but such is the richness of its contrapuntal detail—as lightly carried as is the contrapuntal feat of the finale of Mozart’s 'Jupiter' Symphony—that it is an understandably rare treat to hear it performed as here in a piano arrangement, with a little help from what Gould calls 'constructive cheating'!

from notes by Daniel Jaffé © 2014


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


Track 10 on SIGCD388 CD2 [9'14] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD388 disc 2 track 10

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 2 Track 10
    Release date: September 2014
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