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Wagner: Die Walküre (1955), etc / Martha Mödl, Astrid Varnay, et al

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>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

The release of Joseph Keilberth’s legendary stereo recordings of the first cycle of the 1955 Ring at Bayreuth brought Testament worldwide acclaim. Partly for recording security, partly out of interest, Decca’s engineers also recorded the second cycle, from which this ?rst-ever release of Die Walküre is drawn. While taping both the Ring cycles and the performances of Der ?iegende Holländer (also conducted that year by Keilberth, see Testament SBT2 1384), the Decca team also made some experimental recordings of excerpts from his Tannhäuser performances. Keilberth inspires his orchestra here to a Toscanini-like sensuality in the dance music. The section recorded from Act III catches the young Dietrich Fischer Dieskau in his second year at the festival and shows the risks that Wolfgang Windgassen was prepared to take with the title role — employing, as Wagner himself asked for at the opera’s Paris première in 1861, a deliberately hoarse, broken tone for this failed pilgrim’s search for grace.



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>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
  • Performers: Maria Graf (Voice); Josef Greindl (Bass); Hans Hotter (Voice); Maria Ilosvay (Alto); Gerda Lammers (Soprano); Georgine Milinkovic (Mezzo Soprano); Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano); Elisabeth Schartel (Voice); Hilde Scheppan (Soprano); Astrid Varnay (Soprano); Ramón Vinay (Voice); Jean Watson (Alto); Herta Wilfert (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
  • Running Time: 124 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Overtüre
  • Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
  • Notes: Festspielhaus Bayreuth (07/31/1955/08/02/1955)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Act 1. Scene 1. Venusberg Bacchanal (Paris version) / Naht euch dem Stran
  • Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
  • Notes: Festspielhaus Bayreuth (07/31/1955/08/02/1955)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Act 3. Scene 2. Dämm'ring deckt die Lande... O du, mein holde Abendstern
  • Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Voice)
  • Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
  • Notes: Festspielhaus Bayreuth (07/31/1955/08/02/1955)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Act 3. Scene 3. Ich hörte Harfenschlag - wie klang er traurig!
  • Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Voice); Wolfgang Windgassen (Voice)
  • Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
  • Notes: Festspielhaus Bayreuth (07/31/1955/08/02/1955)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865
  • Studio/Live: Live