Wagner, Overture to "Tannhäuser"

Wagner's overture to "Tannhäuser" is as beloved as his "Flying Dutchman"
overture and also structured primarily around two themes. The first, which
later becomes the motif of the Pilgrims' Chorus, glows with all the
solemnity of a chorale and unfolds with majesty, presented first by the
clarinet, bassoon and horns. The second theme evokes the realm of love and
is dominated by the chromatic theme of the Venusberg before the entire
orchestra joins forces to intone Tannhäuser's dazzling hymn.
This recording of the "Tannhäuser" Overture dates from 1975 and is part of
a special "overture" special directed by Herbert von Karajan and produced
with the Berlin Philharmonic for Unitel.

Composer: Richard Wagner
Title: Wagner, Overture to "Tannhäuser"
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Video Director: Herbert von Karajan
Genre: Concert
Length: 15 minutes
Cat.No.: A05500592
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