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Evgeny Nikitin (Amfortas), Christian Elsner (Parsifal), Franz-Josef Selig (Gurnemanz), Michelle DeYoung (Kundry/Stimme aus der Hohe), Dimitry Ivaschenko (Titurel), Eike Wilm Schulte (Klingsor)

Rundfunkchor Berlin & Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski

It has spontaneity of something which has sunk so deeply into the performers' minds and souls that they can throw caution to the wind and still be accurate...Elsner is a wonderfully sensitive... More…

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4 SACDs

($46.00) $16.00

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Samuel Youn (Alberich), Iain Paterson (Wotan), Susan Bickley (Fricka), Emma Bell (Freia), Reinhard Hagen (Fasolt), Clive Bayley (Fafner), David Stout (Donner), David Butt Philip (Froh), Will Hartmann (Loge), Nicky Spence (Mime) & Susanne Resmark (Erda)

The Halle, Sir Mark Elder

The Hallé’s strings don’t have the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s lustre in Jaap van Zweden Naxos version, and the recording isn’t as vivid; but with the glowing brass transition to the heights, the... More…

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3 CDs

($20.75) $17.25

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Matthias Goerne (baritone)

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding

Goerne does misery masterfully … As Goerne’s Wotan kisses Brünnhilde to sleep, the moment is so intimate that (depending on your speakers) you might even feel a peck on the cheek. Yet this isn’t... More…

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It is a fairly leisurely account, encouraging us to listen to what is happening at the moment rather than what is going to emerge from or follow it. That is fine until we reach the last movement,... More…

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Albert Dohmen (Der Holländer), Ricarda Merbeth (Senta), Matti Salminen (Daland), Robert Dean Smith (Erik), Silvia Hablowetz (Mary), Steve Davislim (Steuermann)

Rundfunkchor Berlin & Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski

Janowski's conducting is crisp and fleet-footed, shaping the music naturally and fluently...[Dohmen] is a warm anti-hero, but too soft-grained to sound demonically desperate. Matti Salminen's... More…

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2 SACDs

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Jutta Vulpius, Elisabeth Schärtel, Maria Graf, Gustav Neidlinger, Astrid Varnay, Maria von Ilosvay, Wolfgang Windgassen, Georgine von Milinkovic, Mina Bolotine, Hermann Uhde, Josef Greindl, Gré Brouwenstijn

Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra, Joseph Keilberth

…Götterdämmerung with white-hot immediacy. The cast is superb, from Norns and Rhinemaidens upward. Keilberth sweeps them all along the path of tragedy with compellingly balanced drive and spaciousness,... More…

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4 CDs

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Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Markus Brück (bass-baritone)

Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Donald Runnicles

This new disc is mostly magnificent, but had me pining for more...Kaufmann may never sing Siegfried in the theatre, but the Forest Murmurs here, in an usually extended version, makes one long... More…

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Christian Gerhaher (baritone)

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Daniel Harding

Gerhaher's Wolfram has followers travelling all over Europe in its wake, so uniquely moving, honest and profound is his response to Wagner's role...[the Wolfram arias] display that simple integrity... More…

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Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Andris Nelsons

Might this be the start of a complete Bruckner symphonies from the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Andris Nelsons? On the strength of this I very much hope so. The orchestra is still on with... More…

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Kirsten Flagstad

Philharmonia Orchestra, Wilhelm Furtwängler

The world premiere of Four Last Songs in its best transfer ever, plus some previously unissued Wagner from the same concert. More…

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