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In celebration of the Wagner Bicentennial 2013, Brilliant Classics presents this 1960 recording of the Flying Dutchman. A star cast with legendary lyric baritone Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, described by The Guardian as "the most influential singer of the 20th century," makes this a stand-out release.
American Record Guide, September/October 2013
This recording was made in 1960. The opera is played without breaks, as Wagner originally intended. Conducted sensitively by Franz Konwitschny, it includes the forces of the Berlin State Opera and a cast of some of the finest Wagner singers of the postwar era. Quite effective, too, are Marianne Schech as Senta and Rudolf Schock as Erik, Senta's suitor. Both give fine performances. A real bonus is the gorgeously sung Steersman of Fritz Wunderlich. As Mary, the fine mezzo Sieglinde Wagner completes the cast. This recording is certainly a welcome reissue of a fine production, especially for the performance of Fischer-Dieskau.
Recording information: Grunewaldkirche, Berlin (1960).
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Works DetailsWagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman
- Conductor: Franz Konwitschny
- Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Chrous
- Notes: Composition written: 1841.
- Running Time: 88 min. 59 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1841