Kirsten Flagstad sings Wagner Arias

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Kirsten Flagstad sings Wagner Arias

Catalogue No:

8802090

Discs:

1

Release date:

31st Oct 2011

Barcode:

8718247710904

Medium:

CD
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Kirsten Flagstad sings Wagner Arias


Wagner:

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)

San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Edwin McArthur

Euch Lüften, die mein Klagen (from Lohengrin)

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Ich sah das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust (from Parsifal)

with Lauritz Melchior (tenor), Gordon Dilworth (baritone)

Victor Symphony Orchestra, Edwin McArthur

Du bist der Lenz (from Die Walküre)

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Hojotoho, hojotoho, heiaha, heiaha! (from Die Walküre)

Orchestra, Hans Lange

Zu neuen Taten, teurer Helde (from Götterdämmerung)

with Lauritz Melchior (tenor)

San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Edwin McArthur

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)

with Lauritz Melchior (tenor)

San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Edwin McArthur


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These recordings were made when the great Norwegian soprano was in her vocal prime, between 1935 and 1940. Although her voice remained astonishingly well preserved till late in her career, later recordings of the same music are no less resplendent but perhaps lack the last degree of dramatic tension she could bring when regularly singing these roles on stage.

Included is the Act 2 duet from Parsifal, which became a calling-card not only for her but for her partner in this recording, and times without number on stage, Lauritz Melchior.

Desmond Shawe-Taylor remarked in the New Grove Dictionary of Opera that ‘No one within living memory surpassed her in sheer beauty and consistency of line and tone’. She quickly became a legend in Norway, where her portrait adorned both the 100 Kroner note and the tail of Norwegian Air Shuttle planes, but her fame spread throughout the musical world (she is one of the few opera singers to have her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame). Rudolf Bing called her ‘the greatest soprano of the century’, and many would agree.

Mild und leise (Liebestod) - Tristan und Isolde

Euch Lüften, die mein Klagen - Lohengrin

Ich sah' das Kind - Parsifal

Du bist der Lenz - Die Walküre

Ho-jo-to-ho! - Die Walküre

Vorspiel/Zu neuen Thaten - Götterdämmerung

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort (Brünnhildes Schlussgesang) - Götterdämmerung

Gramophone Magazine

October 1990

“For sheer vocal opulence in Wagner, these tracks would be hard to equal. Her ‘Ho-jo-to-ho!’ in 1935 announced on the gramophone her arrival as a Wagnerian prima donna and the splendour of the singing is unsurpassed.”

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