Notes & Reviews:
This is the first release in any format of a performance of Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg that took place in Milan on 13 Feb 1955, recorded on acetate discs and broadcast over the RAI airwaves. Its unique cast, singing under the direction of Hans Rosbaud, features many fine, and some more obscure, singers and/or Wagnerians of this glorious era in Wagnerian production, including Otto Edelmann, Ludwig Weber, Ira Malaniuk, Gerhard Unger, and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, renowned for her R. Strauss roles, as Eva.
American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The cast of this 1955 Meistersinger is almost exactly the same as in the 1951 Bayreuth performance recorded by EMI. Karajan was the Bayreuth conductor, and Rosbaud is in no way inferior. Rosbaud has a nice feel for tempos and always supports his singers strongly while still finding all the magic in Wagner's orchestration.
Recording information: Milano (02/13/1955).
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Works DetailsWagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
- Conductor: Hans Rosbaud
- Running Time: 189 min. 14 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1862-1867