Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg



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29th Sept 2008




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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Live Recording Bayreuth 1968

Theo Adam (Sachs), Gwyneth Jones (Eva), Janis Martin (Magdalene), Waldemar Kmentt (Walther), Hermin Esser (David),Thomas Hemsley (Beckmesser) & Karl Ridderbusch (Pogner)

Choir and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival, Karl Böhm

CD - 4 discs


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The 1968 Bayreuth Festival opened with a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg that seemed to be heading for disaster when the central role of Hans Sachs had to be recast after the final dress rehearsal. But Theo Adam struck gold in the scene in his workshop in Act Three and later on the Festival Meadow, dispelling all possible misgivings. In Wolfgang Wagner's first Bayreuth production of his grandfather's only mature comedy,Adam created a multifaceted portrait of the cobbler-poet using all the resources of his striking bass-baritone voice, a voice that was penetrating in all its registers, yet also capable of great subtlety. In the covered pit, Karl Böhm brought out the lyric colours and fleeter moments in the score, allowing the other singers, too, to shine with their young and unspoilt voices.Waldemar Kmentt, for example, had largely been known as a Mozart tenor until then, but as the young knight Walther von Stolzing, his lean tone and ease of emission set the highest standards in casting this role.The pedantic town clerk is sung by the English baritone Thomas Hemsley with clear diction and an unusually lyrical baritonal colour, while many of the remaining Masters include eminent names such as Günther Treptow, Sebastian Feiersinger and William Johns, representing three generations of 'heavy' heldentenor voices. No less worthy of mention are two of the foremost German basses of the 20th century: Karl Ridderbusch, already auditioning for the part of Hans Sachs in his delivery of Pogner's testing address, and Kurt Moll as the Night Watchman - proof of the fact that in Bayreuth this secondary role has long been cast with an eye to the future.The Bayreuth Festival Orchestra , as so often on magnificent form, and the Festival's fully committed chorus contribute to the rounded impression left by this live recording from 1968.


da zu dir der Heiland kam


Da bin ich

David, was stehst

Mein Herr!

Der Meister Ton und Weisen

Seid meiner Treu

Zu einer Freiung

Das schone Fest,


Dacht ich mirs doch

Am stillen Herd

Was euch zum Liede Richt und Schnur

Fanget an

Seit ihr nun fertig

Halt! Meister!


Loss sehn

Zeit her!

Was duftet doch

Gufn Abend, Meister

Das dacht ich woh

Da ist er!


Uber Dinge,

Tus nicht,


Das Fenster

Den Tag seh

Will heut mir das Herz hupfen


Gleich, Meister! Hier!

"Am Jordan Sankt Johannes Stand..."

Wahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!

Grüß Gott, Mein Junker

Mein Freund! In Holder Jugendzeit

"Morgenlich Leuchtend Im Rosigen Schein..."

Freund! Euer Traumbild Wies Euch Wahr

Ein Werbelied! Von Sachs! - Ist's Wahr?

Das Gedicht? Hier Ließ Ich's

Sieh, Evchen!

"Weilten Die Sterne Im Lieblichen Tanz?..."

O Sachs! Mein Freund! Du Teurer Mann!

Ein Kind Ward Hier Geboren

Selig, Wie Die Sonne

Nun, Junker! Kommt! Habt Frohen Mut!

Sankt Crispin, Lobet Ihn!

Ihr Tanzt? Was Werden Die Meister Sagen?

"Wach Auf, Es Nahet Gen Ten Tag..."

Euch Macht Ihr's Leicht, Mir Macht Ihr's Schwer

Zum Teufel! Wie Wackelig! Macht Das Hübsch Fest!

"Morgen Ich Leuchte In Rosigem Schein..."

Das Lied, Fürwahr, Ist Nicht Von Mir

"Morgenlich Leuchtend Im Rosigen Schein..."

Verachtet Mir Die Meister Nicht

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