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James A. Altena
Fanfare, July 2016

 

BRITANNIC ORGAN (THE), Vol. 1 OC840
BRITANNIC ORGAN (THE), Vol. 4 OC843
BRITANNIC ORGAN (THE), Vol. 5 - Richard Wagner on Welte OC844
BRITANNIC ORGAN (THE), Vol. 8 - REGER, M. OC847
BRITANNIC ORGAN (THE), Vol. 11 - Rare Historic Welte Rolls played on the Britannic Organ, Improvisations by British and German Organists OC850

 

Of these five volumes, Volumes 4 and 8 are indispensable to anyone interested in historic recordings of composer/performers; Volume 1 is virtually essential for those collecting any other volumes in the series for its introductory information, if not its recordings; and Volume 5 is a real treat for any Wagnerian who does not have a prejudice against transcriptions. …Overall, highly recommended. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



John Terauds
Musical Toronto, March 2013

What we get is a colourful collection of Overtures and miscellaneous other largely operatic material from Wagner’s greatest hits.

Particularly fine is a transcription of “Träume” from the Wesendonck-Lieder and a jaunty Homage March for King Ludwig II of Bavaria on disc 1 and the Death March from Götterdämmerung and the Overture to Rienzi on disc 2.

The Götterdämmerung excerpt, with its bells, chimes and heavy tremolo (vibrato) is cheesy yet utterly engrossing. © 2013 Musical Toronto Read complete review





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