Hans Knappertsbusch (conductor)

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Hans Knappertsbusch (12 March 1888 – 25 October 1965) was a German conductor, best known for his performances of the music of Wagner, Bruckner and Richard Strauss.

Knappertsbusch – familiarly known as "Kna" – followed the traditional route for an aspiring conductor in Germany in the early 20th century, starting as a musical assistant and progressing to increasingly senior conducting posts. In 1922, at the age of 34, he was appointed general music director of the Bavarian State Opera, holding that post for eleven years. In 1936 the Nazi régime dismissed him. As a freelance he was a frequent guest conductor in Vienna and Bayreuth, where his performances of Parsifal became celebrated.

Studio recording did not suit Knappertsbusch, whose best-known recordings were made live during performances at Bayreuth. He died at the age of 77, following a bad fall the previous year.

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1979Tristan und Isolde (excerpts)Birgit Nilsson, Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch1
1990Die Walküre Act IRichard Wagner, Hans Knappertsbusch & Wiener Philharmoniker1


1985Parsifal (Bayreuth 1962)Richard Wagner; Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele, Hans Knappertsbusch3
1993Parsifal (Bayreuth 1951)Richard Wagner; George London, Arnold van Mill, Ludwig Weber, Wolfgang Windgassen, Hermann Uhde, Arnold van Mill, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Hans Knappertsbusch2
1994Die Meistersinger von NürnbergWagner; Paul Schöffler, Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch1
1995GötterdämmerungWagner; Nilsson, Rysanek, Malaniuk, Aldenhoff, Uhde, Frick, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Hans Knappertsbusch1
1999Der RosenkavalierRichard Strauss; Hans Knappertsbusch1
1999GötterdämmerungRichard Wagner & Hans Knappertsbusch1
1999Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven; Hans Knappertsbusch1
2000Piano Concertos 4 & 5Beethoven; Curzon, Wiener Philharmoniker, Knappertsbusch1
2002Brahms: Haydn Variations / Alto Rhapsody & Overtures / Wagner: Siegfried IdyllBrahms, Wagner; Knappertsbusch1
2004Cuarta sinfoníaBruckner; Orquesta Filarmónica de Viena, Hans Knappertsbusch32
2006Oberturas, fragmentos, escenasWagner; Orquesta Sinfónica de la NDR, Hans Knappertsbusch2
EmperorLudwig van Beethoven; Clifford Curzon, The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Hans Knappertsbusch1
Symphonie No. 7Bruckner; Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch1
Symphony no. 7Anton Bruckner; Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch1

Album + Compilation

1988OverturesRichard Wagner; Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Hans Knappertsbusch1
1989Excerpts from Götterdämmerung / Parsifal / Die Walküre / Tristan und IsoldeRichard Wagner; Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch2
1994Radetzky March: Orchestral FavouritesWiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch1
1995L’Art de KnappertsbuschWagner, Bruckner, Beethoven; NDR Hamburg, Hans Knappertsbusch1
1996Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 / Wagner: Lohengrin - Overture / Siegfried Idyll / Parsifal - PreludeBruckner, Wagner; Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Hans Knappertsbusch2
2005Rienzi / Der fliegende Holländer / Tannhäuser / Die Walküre / Siegfrid / ParsifalRichard Wagner; Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch1
2010The complete RIAS recordingsHans Knappertsbusch, Berliner Philharmoniker1

Album + Compilation + Live

1990Bruckner: Sinfonia n.9 in Re minore / Mahler: KindertotenliederAnton Bruckner, Gustav Mahler; Knappertsbusch1

Album + Live

1993Tristan und IsoldeRichard Wagner; Günther Treptow, Helena Braun, Paul Schöffler, Margarete Klose, Ferdinand Frantz, Chor und Orchester der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Hans Knappertsbusch1
1996Der Ring des Nibelungen (Bayreuth 1956)Richard Wagner; Hans Knappertsbusch, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele52
2002Parsifal (Bayreuth Festival 1954)Richard Wagner; Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele & Hans Knappertsbusch2

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