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Wagner: Flying Dutchman (The) (Sung In English)
 
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Wagner: Flying Dutchman (The) (Sung In English)

1 Nov. 2004 | Format: MP3

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30
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11:40
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11:01
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11:43
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4
21:13
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5
8:55
Disc 2
30
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10:06
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13:50
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1:38
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5:52
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15:19
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2:48
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13:27
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2:34
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3:13
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8:34
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Nov. 2004
  • Release Date: 1 Nov. 2004
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Chandos
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Chandos
  • Total Length: 2:21:53
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  • ASIN: B001MV50D8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,818 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ziggy_fan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Oct. 2009
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I suppose any opera sung in a translated version of the original libretto is never going to be faultless (not for any snobbishness, but for reasons of the meter and rhythm of the translated language for example) but this version of the Flying Dutchman is as near as possible faultless in my opinion. Whilst listening it feels as if the work was written specifically for this ensemble of cast, conductor and orchestra, since everything oozes naturalness and a perfect fit of music and drama. The bonus of being able to understand most of the words as the opera progresses, and therefore have a better feel for the nuances of Wagner's music as the drama unfolds, adds to the general sense of this being, for me anyway, a benchmark to which other recordings need to measure up to. Clearly it can't be THE benchmark but one of the top 2 or 3 along with one of the currently favoured recording in the original German (I would recommend the Naxos budget version conducted by Pinchas Steinberg and Sinopoli's Deutsche Grammophon recording with Cheryl Studer in the role of Senta).

On the general issue of libretto translations. The text is pretty good in this instance and unlike Italian or French to English translations (which very rarely fit the rhythm of the phrasing of the composed music) German to English usually works well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Lockyer on 21 Feb. 2014
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Excellent orchestral playing and sound quality. Voices well matched and singing in English really works here. I bought it because I needed the overture but the whole is first class.
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A Fine Rendition 15 May 2005
By Tom Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
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There is much to praise in this Chandos Opera in English recording of The Flying Dutchman, beginning right away with the overture. The London Philharmonic is crisp and bright with lots of punch under the baton of David Parry. The louds and softs are at the extremes of the dynamic range, so be careful in the car. You might turn up the volume to just barely hear some taps on the timpani then blow your doors off with the next orchestral swell.

John Tomlinson sings the title role with noble clarity. Eric Halfvarson's Daland is a well-drawn treasure-seeking panderer. Peter Wedd sings the Steersman with lyrical ease. There isn't much to the character of Eric the hapless, jilted hunter and Kim Begley does what he can with it, neither stellar nor shameful.

While the Dutchman's theme (Yo-hohey) is based on a low rising fourth, Senta's ballad starts with a falling fourth from a top G. Nina Stemme pulls it off artfully without shrieking that initial high note. I find Patricia Bardon's singing haughtily formalized, but this corseted style suits the scolding task-mistress Mary.

The women's chorus in the spinning scene is lovely. The men's chorus is a touch reedy throughout, not quite the lusty ship's crew I would hope for. While the Dutchman's crew is supposed to sing from belowdecks, they sound like they were lifted from another recording -- their soundscape doesn't jive with the organic whole. Another reservation would be that Chandos is sparse with the indexing on the discs. The first CD has just 5 tracks averaging 13 minutes each. If you want to listen to, say, the Steersman's Song or Erik's Dream, they are buried minutes-deep within their respective tracks.

All in all there is much to recommend this performance, but I have a few issues with the production values.
Great music beautifully played and sung. 6 May 2014
By Dennis Wahl - Published on Amazon.com
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For all people who would love to hear Wagner sung in English, I would highly recommend this great recording that was given a great rating in the Penguin Guide to Classical Music.
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