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Only a few people are aware that Richard Wagner completed the original version of his Flying Dutchman in 1841 in Paris, two years before the first performance was given in Dresden in 1843. This live concert recording presents the original Paris score of the opera on disc for the first time, giving today’s music-lover the opportunity to hear the opera as it was originally composed – played on original instruments and with the story set not in Norway, but Scotland! Bruno Weil’s vibrant reading of the score shows Wagner’s opera as the final great flowering of Romantic opera in the first half of the 19th century.
This 2CD set is in standard opera packaging (box) with separate 64 page booklet, including the opera libretto in German and English as well as liner notes and synopsis additionally in French.
“Musically, one notes instantly the extra clarity of textures and the fact hat the orchestra does not so easily overwhelm the singers...Jörg Dürmüller is excellent as Georg, Germanic in tone yet free from strain...Lively conducting and first-rate sound.”
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