The orchestral overtures and preludes to Wagner's operas have long been concert favorites, even among music lovers who are less familiar with the operas themselves. The drama, romanticism, and sensuous intensity of these shorter works have earned them their own secure place in the orchestral repertoire. Now this outstanding edition brings together a rich selection of Wagner's greatest overtures and preludes in a single handsome and affordable volume. Included are Overture to Rienzi, Overture to The Flying Dutchman, Overture to Tannhäuser, Preludes to Acts I and III of Lohengrin, Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, Overture to Die Meistersinger, andPrelude to Parsifal. These well-known masterworks have been specially compiled for this unique edition from authoritative German editions, complete and unabridged.