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Die Walkure [Box set]

Richard Wagner Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Aug 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Idis
  • ASIN: B001BSH2BK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 762,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but flawed 9 May 2010
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This live radio recording, thought lost but happily re-discovered amongst the collection of a Milanese enthusiast, has been hyped as possibly "the best live performance on disc". Well, maybe - there are some promising indications, not least the presence of a young (-ish, at fifty) Herbert von Karajan in the pit and two Wagnerian giants on stage in Birgit Nilsson and Hans Hotter. This was in fact Nilsson's début as Brünnhilde at La Scala, in the same year that she had made her first appearance at that opera house as Turandot. She deservedly scored a total triumph in both roles; the demanding La Scala audience were astonished by her poise and power and you can hear her here in freshest voice, not just touching but punching out those gleaming top B's and C's in "Ho-jo-to-ho!" and showing enormous vocal stamina. Likewise, Karajan seems inspired; the orchestra responds to his every demand and he encapsulates the huge emotional range of this, the greatest (I believe) of the Ring "music dramas". (OK; co-ordination between the singers and orchestra goes to pot in the "Ride", but this happens in live performance and generally the musical standards are high.) So far so good; so why am I not able to be quite as excited about this issue as its promoters would like?

There are a number of reasons: the principal problem is the inadequate Siegmund of Ludwig Suthaus. This estimable artist will be known to most collectors as the Tristan in Fürtwängler's famous 1952 studio recording with Flagstad or indeed as Siegmund in the 1954 studio recording with the same conductor shortly before his death.
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