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Wagner’s epic operatic masterpiece recorded live at The New York Metropolitan Opera, March 24th, 1956. A true Wagnerian line up of singers including Set Svanholm, Otto Edelmann, Paul Schoffler, Nicola Moscona, Gerhard Pechner and Margaret Harshaw. Fritz Stiedry conducts the proceedings.
BONUS: Margaret Harshaw sings Wagner in a recital given in Cleveland in November 1956. Includes arias from Tristan and Isolde and Tannhauser.
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Two legendary performances from the New York Met, 1941 & 1951
February 22, 1941 broadcast: Kirsten Flagstad (Leonore), René Maison (Florestan), Julius Huehn (Don Pizarro), Alexander Kipnis (Rocco), Marita Farell (Marzelline), Karl Laufkoetter (Jaquino), Herbert Janssen (Don Fernando). March 10, 1951 matinee broadcast: Kirsten Flagstad (Leonore), Set Svanholm (Florestan), Dezsö Ernster (Rocco), Paul Schöffler (Pizarro), Nadine Conner (Marzelline), Peter Klein (Jaquino), Jerome Hines (Fernando)
Metropolitan Opera, Bruno Walter
“Two live Met versions (1941 and 1951) of Beethoven's opera show little diminution in the power of Flagstad's Leonore and Walter's conducting. Good sound.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2006 ****
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Kirsten Flagstad (Brünnhilde), Lauritz Melchior (Siegfried), Dezso Ernster/Ludwig Weber (Hagen), Eduard Habich (Alberich), Kirsten Thorborg (Waltraute), Hilde Konetzni/Maria Nezádal/Regina Resnik (Gutrune), Erna Berger (Woglinde), Lucine Amara (Wellgunde), Herta Glaz (Flosshilde), Doris Doe (First Norn), Lucielle Browning (Second Norn), Dorothee Manski (Third Norn)
Orchestras of the Metropolitan Opera & Covent Garden, Artur Bodanzky, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Fritz Stiedry
"All is explained by re-creation/restoration producer Richard Caniell who has drawn his material from performances at The Met in 1936 and 1939 (both Bodanzky), then in 1951 (Stiedry), from Covent Garden in 1937 and La Scala in 1950 (both under Furtwängler), with a couple of commercial 78s added." (Rob Cowan in Gramophone April 2003)
Recorded from various broadcasts between 1934 and 1944 and personal sources.
Notes in English with B/W photographs and cast biographies, synopsis, and article on the audio assembly. No text.
“Lauritz Melchior is absolutely unique...Kirsten Flagstad is uniformly great, over a period of 15 years. Her delivery is as smooth and noble early as late, and all notes are perfectly in place...Kerstin Thorborg gives Waltraute's narrative an urgency that makes it riveting...The Norns and Rhinemaidens are top-notch, and it's a particular modern miracle that the latter are taken from 1951 while Siegfried's interactions with them are taken from 1936!” Classics Today, 17th February 2010
“...collectors like me who have not the time, energy nor financial resources to explore to this degree will be grateful to Richard Caniell and Guild for having spliced together a "dream performance" from many sources...These disks are enjoyable and the spirit of the music is genuinely evident.” MusicWeb International, 24th March 2003
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Jussi Björling in Two Puccini Operas
La Boheme and Manon Lescaut: Live Performances from the Met (1948 & 1956)
31st March 1956
Licia Albanese (Manon), Jussi Björling (Des Grieux), Frank Guarrera (Lescaut), Fernando Corena (Geronte), Thomas Hayward (Edmondo), George Cehanovsky (Innkeeper), James McCracken (Lamplighter)
25th December 1948
Bidú Sayão (Mimi), Jussi Björling (Rodolfo), Mimi Benzell (Musetta), Frank Valentino (Marcello), George Cehanovsky (Schaunard), Nicola Moscona (Colline), Salvatore Baccaloni (Benoit/Alcindoro), Anthony Marlowe (Parpignol)
Digitally restored by Ward Marston in 2008
(also available to download from $32.50)
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Mozart: Don Giovanni & Le Nozze di Figaro
Don Giovanni, K527
recorded live on 7th March, 1942
Ezio Pinza (Don Giovanni), Rose Bampton (Donna Anna), Charles Kullman (Don Ottavio), Jarmila Novotná (Donna Elvira), Alexander Kipnis (Leporello), Norman Cordon (Il Commendatore), Mack Harrell (Masetto), Bidù Sayão (Zerlina)
Le nozze di Figaro, K492
recorded live on 29th January, 1944
Ezio Pinza (Figaro), Ezio Pinza (Susanna), John Brownlee (Il Conte Almaviva), Eleanor Steber (La Contessa Almaviva), Jarmila Novotná (Cherubino), Irra Petina (Marcellina), Salvatore Baccaloni (Bartolo), Alessio De Paolis (Basilio), John Garris (Curzio), Louis d'Angelo (Antonio), Marita Farell (Barbarina)
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