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Hans Rosbaud Conducts Wagner Overtures
1 CD | | Nr. SWR19036CD
CD 1: » Richard Wagner: Rienzi (Overture)
» Richard Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (Overture)
» Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf der Wartburg (Overture)
» Richard Wagner: Lohengrin (Prelude)
» Richard Wagner: Lohengrin (Prelude Act 3)
» Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Introduction to Act 3)
» Richard Wagner: Parsifal (Prelude)

Hans Rosbaud was the chief conductor of the Southwest Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1948 until his death in 1962. He transformed the orchestra, later renamed as the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, into a leading European ensemble. His interests lay in both contemporary music and the classical and romantic symphonic repertoire. This new series from the SWR Classic label presents largely unpublished recordings by Rosbaud of classical and romantic repertoire, starting with overtures by Richard Wagner.

In 1948 Hans Rosbaud was engaged as the chief conductor of the SWF-Sinfonieorchester. The 14 years Rosbaud spent in that role, until his premature death in Lugano on 29 December 1962, marked the pinnacle of his career. Under Rosbaud’s leadership, the laterrenamed SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg became a top European ensemble, which not only performed the usual subscription concerts and participated regularly in the Donaueschinger Musiktage New Music Festival, but also toured throughout the world.

Music lovers today see Hans Rosbaud mainly as a specialist in so-called "New Music". This reputation has overshadowed his admirable performances of music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler and other widely known, leading classical and romantic composers. The upcoming series on the SWR Classic label will be dedicated to Hans Rosbaud’s performances of this music and will demonstrate how his musical views continue to be interesting and relevant to this day.

Discipline, enthusiasm, precise knowledge of orchestral instruments and his faithfulness to the works were qualities for which Hans Rosbaud was enormously admired. However, he did not consider himself exclusively a champion of the modern age, but of the entire musical repertoire. While he conducted many Mozart operas (especially in Aix-en-Provence), he also paid equal attention to the works of Richard Wagner, Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler. This new cycle will release some previously unpublished recordings by Rosbaud, beginning with the overtures to Richard Wagner’s operas.

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