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This disc of music by Wagner, very much a staple of Furtwängler’s repertoire, draws from recordings that would be amongst the conductor’s last.
As always, the great German conductor ensures maximum expression while allowing the music to move forward in an organic way.
The legendary Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad and Furtwängler were close as musicians over an extended period of time. Her beauty of tone, unforced strength, accurate intonation and ability to spin a long and precise vocal line are exemplified in this unforgettable performance of Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene from Götterdämmerung.
Reissue Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn
Richard Wagner: Tannhauser
Richard Wagner: Lohengrin
Lohengrin, Act I: Prelude
Richard Wagner: Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods)
Prologue: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey
Act III: Siegfried's Funeral Music
Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods), Act III: Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort
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