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  • Audio CD (20 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Preiser
  • ASIN: B000006L15
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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PRE 90232; PREISER - Austria; Classica Lirica

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Gibbons TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Jun. 2014
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This is a remarkable performance. It was recorded live during the 1942 festival on Magnetaphon tape and, therefore, the sound quality, aided by the Bayreuth acoustic, is remarkable for the period - easily as fine as commercial mono recordings from the 1950's.

The Dutchman is sung by Joel Berglund; a superb baritone who should be better known. He is also a fine actor and his performance here is without a doubt the finest of this role on record. He was seen by some as the natural successor to Schorr but, after some performances at the Met which were very well received, became Director of the Stockholm Opera and did not pursue the international singing career he was so well fitted for.

Maria Muller as Senta is the perfect partner to the tormented title character. Although past her prime and showing some vocal unsteadiness, she conveys her character's innocence and spirit of self- sacrifice most effectively. Her long-term vocal partner, Franz Volker, is excellent as Eric and Ludwig Hofmann gives us a well sung Daland.

The Bayreuth orchestra play well and the chorus are good although lacking in numbers. The conductor is the little known Richard Kraus who spent his career in various German provincial houses and never had international exposure. He directs a fine, dramatic performance with plenty of forward momentum. He also brings out well the lyrical moments of the score and works well with his singers to achieve a wonderfully integrated performance which becomes more satisfying the more times you hear it.

There are minimal notes but some interesting cast photographs from the Bayreuth archives are included. Highly recommended.
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