I Need W A G N E R

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    Nov 08, 2010 9:03 PM GMT
    I'm not a Wagnarian (they scare me actually) but when lifting weights, I prefer Wagner to the rap or disco drivel I most often hear at the gym. I've been relying on Pandora's Richard Wagner station on my iPhone but it sucks. You'll get a rousing chorus from Die Meistersinger and will be followed by Bernstein's overture to Candide or Trebaldi singing Verdi all of which is good except it doesn't have the umph my lifting needs. Only four or five numbers later do you get another piece by Wagner. Apparently the Music Genome project hasn't figured out that the only thing that should follow Wagner is more Wagner.

    What I'm looking for is a recording of Wagner excerpts from iTunes that I can use instead. There's lot's there but I'm a choral guy and want one that has some of the great choruses as well as the great orchestral pieces. What do you suggest. Thanks.

    Interestingly, I use Pandora's Chamber Baroque station for my cardio routine. It works well. Locatelli, Gabrelli, Vivaldi et al. seem to use the same swift tempo that makes my routine a breeze.
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    Nov 08, 2010 9:06 PM GMT
    Oh I love you.

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    Nov 08, 2010 9:25 PM GMT
    @ g56whiz......I love you too.

    Sorry can't help you with the i-tunes thing. I don't use it. And I'm not sure if I am answering your question but here are some pieces on my player that I enjoy working out with.

    Try some opera.......Mozart's Don Giovanni, Magic Flute, Marriage of Figaro all have lively fast paced duets and tunes.

    Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, as Lostboy said, is great.
    Wagner's Symphony 5...especially the Allegro's from One, Three and Five.
    Hungarian Rhapsody.......Liszt
    Haydn produced a lot of stuff that is exciting.
    Rimsky-Korsakov...........Scheherazade is brisk....and other works.