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Wagner: Die Walkure: Act 2

Wagner: Die Walkure: Act 2

(abridged version - cuts in the Wotan/Fricka scene, Todesverkündigung and Wotan's monologue)


Kirsten Flagstad (Brünnhilde), Friedrich Schorr (Wotan), Lotte Lehmann (Sieglinde), Kathryn Meisle (Fricka), Lauritz Melchior (Siegmund), Emmanuel List (Hunding)

Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera, Fritz Reiner

With Kirsten Flagstad as Brünnhilde, Lotte Lehmann as Sieglinde, Kathryn Meisle as Fricka, Lauritz Melchior as Siegmund, Emmanuel List as Hunding, Conductor, Fritz Reiner, San Francisco, 13 November, 1936. First released by our predecessor organization, educational Media Associates of America, Inc., in 1976 on LP-426, this recording was subsequently reissued in a restoration by Maggi Payne in 1999 as Music & Arts CD1048, and was newly restored for the present edition in 2013 from recently discovered NBC transcription discs by Ward Marston and Aaron Z. Snyder.

William Youngren wrote of the previous CD issue in Fanfare magazine: ”Reiner conducts with verve; Flagstad is splendid throughout; Lehmann is in good form, but occasionally overacts; Meisle is powerful and convincing; Schorr sings well but sounds old and fluffs a few notes; Melchior is superb - he and Flagstad make the Todesverkündigung scene alone worth the price of the disc.“

“this 1936 live broadcast is still thrilling, with Reiner’s eloquent conducting and a cast to dream of: Friedrich Schorr’s dark, incisive Wotan, Lauritz Melchior’s Siegmund and Lotte Lehmann’s never-equalled Sieglinde.” Sunday Times, 26th May 2013

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Music & Arts - MACD1272

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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Act 2

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Act 2

recorded in concert at Carnegie Hall on 16th April 1939


Kirsten Flagstad (Isolde), Eyvind Laholm (Tristan), Enid Szántho (Brangäne) John Gurney (King Marke), Daniel Harris (Kurwenal, Melot)

New York Philharmonic, John Barbirolli

First complete performance in the U.S. of Act II; a rare opportunity to hear Barbirolli conducting a substantial portion of this opera of which he left no commercial recording. A co-production with The Barbirolli Society.

“Barbirolli and the NY Phil respond enthusiastically to the music’s erotic excitement. The other roles are decently sung — Tristan by the Swedish-American Eyvind Laholm — but the glory is Flagstad’s.” Sunday Times, 10th June 2012

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West Hill Radio Archive - WHRA6044

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Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

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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West Hill Radio Archive - WHRA6008

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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde


Recorded New York 1935, remastered in 2003

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West Hill Radio Archive - WHRA6001

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