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Hans Knappertsbusch Conducts Wagner

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine (Parsifal)
I must praise the mellow quality of the brass ... and the lovely cantabile of the strings, and above all the way in which, without exaggeration, Knappertsbusch captures the mystical mood of the Prelude. [... ] The voices are placed in excellent perspective and Gnnther Treptow makes a good Parsifal.

Gramophone Magazine (TannhSuser, Fliegende HollSnder, Walknre)
He always allows Wagner's music to unroll at its own natural pace, never forces or drives it. One hears details that one had never noticed in the score. And when it comes to a climax, then none can rival Knappertsbusch's magnicently rich, resonant, clear, spacious recording, which has the incidental advantages of demonstrating superb orchestral playing and Wagner conducting as fine as one can hope to hear ... Nothing seems to get lost in those massive climaxes.

Gramophone Magazine
The G÷tterdSmmerung excerpts are most beautifully played with an abundant degree of warmth and a moderate degree of savagery where these qualities are called for [... ] the beauty of soundN is incontestable.

Gramophone Magazine (Tristan)
The glorious playing of the Vienna Philharmonic.



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