A Wagner for All Seasons

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A compilation of Wagner from various operas, performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of near-ubiquitous Eugene Ormandy. Thanks in part to the famous helicopter scene in Apocalypse Now, “Ride of the Valkyries” is one of the most recognizable pieces in the canon, in addition to being the most German thing ever. Less known are its cameos in two dozen or so other films, including 8 1/2, Rebel Without A Cause, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and even Blues Brothers. Along with Carmina Burana and Holst’s The Planets, Wagner’s sound is about as cinematic as it comes.

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