Notes & Reviews:
"Fliegende Holländer" (Flying Dutchman) is the beginning of a complete Wagner cycle (all 10 major operas) to be recorded/released in three years time (2013 is the Wagner year; he was born in 1813). It is the first time in the recording history that a complete cycle has been recorded with the same forces. The artists here are the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester und Chor Berlin conducted by Marek Janowski and a stellar cast of soloists (Salminen / Merbeth / Dean Smith / Hablowetz / Davislim / Dohmen).
Here is charm, wit and even kitsch alongside the spooky but never overdone drama. The recording is also first-rate in warmth, immediacy and clarity...the best all-round modern performance of the opera and a good nod towards the original-instrument version of this edition of the score we still need.
BBC Music Magazine
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 Daland is vocally worn but still amazing for his age. Vocal honours, though, go to Ricarda Merbeth's keen, nervy Senta, and the two tenors...also the clean-cut chorus, which is reasonably dramatically involved.
International Record Review
It is astonishing that veteran Matti Salminen...can still shine as Daland...but his is the star voice here. Robert Dean Smith gives good value, too, in the tricky role of Erik...Steve Davislim is something of a catch as a lyrically sung Steersman...Janowksi's conducting has a momentum and a sense of abstract theatre which can take the breath away. I won't be jettisoning my allegiances, however, to the older conductors' singers.
Recorded live in Berlin, the orchestra and the splendid Radio Chorus are the most impressive elements...The veteran Matti Salminen is still a formidable Daland, but Albert Dohmen's intelligent Dutchman and Ricarda Merbeth's committed Senta sound vocally worn and stretched.
Recording information: Berlin Philharmonie (11/13/2010).
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Works DetailsWagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman
- Conductor: Marek Janowski
- Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
- Notes: Composition written: 1841.
- Running Time: 73 min. 45 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1841