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Wagner at the MET: Legendary Performances from The Metropolitan Opera [Box set]

Richard Wagner, Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Performer: Lauritz Melchior, Kirsten Flagstad, Victoria de los Angeles, Friedrich Schorr, Ramon Vinay, et al.
  • Conductor: Fritz Reiner, Artur Bodanzky, George Szell, Erich Leinsdorf
  • Audio CD (8 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 25
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B00AL6SM0S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Richard Wagner's operatic masterpieces - including the complete Ring Cycle - captured live in historic broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera. With casts including such celebrated Wagnerians as Kirsten Flagstad, Lauritz Melchior and Hans Hotter led by iconic conductors including Fritz Reiner, George Szell and Erich Leinsdorf, these recordings have been newly restored from the original sources and vividly display the grandeur and immediacy of these legendary, once in a lifetime performances. The set comes in a lift-off box with all discs packaged in mini-jackets plus a 120-page perfect bound book featuring synopses and essays about each opera within the book.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great package, atrocious packaging 28 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I haven't much to add to what others have said about this important set. We need many more like it, because in America draconian copyright legislation makes the release of historical material very difficult. That this is authorised by the copyright holders and draws on the best sources is a huge plus. By and large we do well in terms of audio quality as a result, though there were passages when I would have settled for less noise reduction and a bit more noise, because periodically I hear unwelcome by-products of the processing.

The packaging is appalling. The CDs are forced into very tight cardboard compartments from which it takes brute force to extract them. You can't easily avoid touching the playing surface. I have already ripped the Tannhauser package, almost in half. Maybe I'm not patient enough, but I don't see why I'm being make to work so hard by Sony. Very poor.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best sound yet for these performances 11 April 2013
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Overall I am very impressed with these remasterings, since it is evident that a lot of care has gone into the sound. The biggest improvements over existing circulating issues can be found in the 1950s broadcasts of Rheingold, Hollander, Meistersinger and Tannhauser. Even those that have been on Sirius such as the Meistersinger are better here, with far quieter surfaces and bright clear sound. The earlier performances don't show quite such an improvement, the '36 Gotterdammerung and '43 Lohengrin are comparable to the Naxos issues that were done by Ward Marston. I couldn't detect an improvement, though they are certainly not inferior either. The '37 Siegfried and '40 Walkure have quieter surfaces than other editions, but there has been some loss of brightness as a result. The '38 Tristan I think is a noticeably better copy, with quiet surfaces and good detail in the sound. The quality of the '51 Rheingold made me wish for the rest of that ring in such good sound. There is a very nice booklet and lots of good production photos that I had not seen before. My only gripe is that the cardboard sleeves holding the discs are very tight, and I found it hard to get the CDs out!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible bargain! 3 Aug 2013
By D. Dean
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There is no reason to mince matters here - this is a wonderful box of discs with singing of a beauty and power that one cannot even imagine hearing today. Those who listened to the recent Ring at the Proms will be astonished by these singers. And the sound is quite acceptable but the price is a joke - 25 discs for just over £25! Grab it while you can.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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Courtesy of the Mets own shop (which hilariously asks $100 vs Amazon's bargain price of £35.

Der Fliegende Holländer (1950)
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Artists: Hans Hotter, Astrid Varnay, Set Svanholm, Sven Nilsson

Tannhäuser (1954)
Conductor: George Szell
Artists: Ramon Vinay, Margaret Harshaw, Astrid Varnay, George London, Jerome Hines

Lohengrin (1943)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Artists: Lauritz Melchior, Astrid Varnay, Kerstin Thorborg, Alexander Sved, Norman Cordon

Das Rheingold (1951)
Conductor: Fritz Stiedry
Artists: Hans Hotter, Set Svanholm, Lawrence Davidson, Margaret Harshaw

Die Walküre (1940)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Artists: Kirsten Flagstad, Lauritz Melchior, Julius Huehn, Marjorie Lawrence, Karin Branzell

Siegfried (1937)
Conductor: Artur Bodanzky
Artists: Lauritz Melchior, Kirsten Flagstad, Friedrich Schorr, Karl Laufkötter, Eduard Habich

Götterdämmerung (1936)
Conductor: Artur Bodanzky
Artists: Marjorie Lawrence, Lauritz Melchior, Ludwig Hofmann, Dorothee Manski, Kathryn Meisle, Friedrich Schorr

Tristan und Isolde (1938)
Conductor: Artur Bodanzky
Artists: Kirsten Flagstad, Lauritz Melchior, Karin Branzell, Emanuel List, Julius Huehn

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1953)
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Artists: Victoria de los Angeles, Paul Schöffler, Hans Hopf, Gerhard Pechner, Josef Greind
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 29 July 2013
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It's a beutiful box! Very good sound, excellent performers. You can hear Lauritz Melchior and Kirsten Flagstad at the best !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ítem and performandes 18 May 2013
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Great performances and an exceptional price becomes this box one of more desireable at this Wagner 200th year birthday comemoration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Present 14 Jun 2013
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I can't speak for myself as I am not a great Wagner lover but my son, for whom it was bought was extremely happy with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wagner triumph
I am acquiring high-falutin German listening to complete versions of Italian operas, difficult now to find. This recording is a further help. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mervyn lang
3.0 out of 5 stars Not amazing recordings!
the recordings are a bit old so therefore the sound is not that good! a bit disappointing, but are good to have !!
Published 3 months ago by E. Bachmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Good selection of great broadcasts in good transfers
All mature Wagner operas except Parsifal are here, and the editors' choice among the many Met broadcasts from the 1930s, 40s and 50s is reasonable - in particular as they obviously... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nils-Göran
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing experience
I am an avid collector of historic recordings, both from studio and live performances. Having bought the Bayreuth Vision collection and purchased the Met collection looking... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alistair Musicman
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered masterpieces
If you are a Wagner obsessive you will probably have most of these operas in bootleg off-the-radio versions, but even so this set is thoroughly recommendable - the remastering is... Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. BROWN
5.0 out of 5 stars A great set of great Wagner performances
Sony is to be commended for focusing this box on broadcasts from the days when Wagner was sung and conducted as it should be. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Col William Russell
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