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Tristan Und Isolde (Furtwangler, Philharmonia Orchestra) [Box set]

Philharmonia Orchestra , Richard Wagner , Wilhelm Furtwängler , Covent Garden Royal Opera House Chorus Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (29 Mar 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0001N9ZA2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prelude
2. Westwarts Schweift Der Blick
3. Frisch weht der Wind
4. Weh, Ach Wehe! Dies Zu Dulden!
5. Wie Lachend Sie Mir Lieder Singen
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Disc: 2
1. War Morold Dir So Wert
2. Tristan! ... Isolde!
3. Prelude
4. Horst Du Sie Noch?
5. Isolde! Geliebte! ...Tristan! Geliebter!
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Disc: 3
1. Doch usre Liebe
2. Rette Dich, Tristan!
3. Tatest Du's Wirklich?
4. O Konig, Das Kann Ich Dir Nicht Sagen
5. Prelude
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Disc: 4
1. Noch Losch Das Licht Nicht Aus
2. Noch Ist Kein Schiff Zu Sehn!
3. Mein Herre! Tristan!
4. Wie Sie Selig, Hehr Und Milde
5. O Diese Sonne!
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Product Description

NAX 8110321; NAXOS - Germania; Classica Lirica

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent transfer of a legendary recording. 29 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is regarded as one of the greatest ever opera recordings and it is impossible to disagree. The greatness lies primarily in Furtwangler's conducting which takes slow tempi yet the whole seems to pass extremely quickly. Then again, Furtwangler dwells lovingly on details but has a supreme mastery of line and structure.
Flagstad, of course, was one of the greatest ever Wagner sopranos and even though she was 57 at the time of this recording her voice was still immensely powerful but soft and creamy in tone and like Furtwangler himself she was able to focus on details while always maintaining the line. Ludwig Suthaus as Tristan is superb and his baritonal type of heldentenor voice perfectly complements Flagstad. As for the role of Kurwenal, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in this is a relevation. He makes every word count and is lighter of voice - a tenorial baritone - than in his later years. Blanche Thebom is a more than adequate Brangaene who very well complements Isolde because her voice is clearly differentiated from Flagstad's. The Philharmonia orchestra play as if their lives depended on the success of this recording; 'incandescent' hardly does them justice.
The Naxos transfer was made according to the sleeve notes from records rather than the original tapes and to judge by the results the discs have been chosen with great discernment. The 1952 mono sound is exceptionally clear and with plenty of both treble and bass. The recording is so vivid that it almost gives the illusion of stereo at times.
The only drawback is that the accompanying booklet only has a synopsis and no libretto.
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