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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg [Recorded 1951] [Box set]

Ira Malaniuk , Erich Kunz , Richard Wagner , Herbert von Karajan , Bayreuth Festival Orchestra , et al. Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (3 Mar 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Naxos Historical
  • ASIN: B00008IHVN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prelude
2. Da Zu Dir Der Heiland Kam
3. Verweilt!
4. David, Was Stehst?
5. Seid mainer Treue wohl versehen
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Disc: 2
1. Fanget An!
2. Halt! Mesiter! Nicht so geeilt!
3. Johannistag! Johannistag!
4. Lass Seh'n, Ob Meister Sachs Zu Haus?
5. Was Duftet Doch Der Flieder
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Prelude
2. Gleich, Meister! Hier!
3. Wahn! Wahn!
4. Ein Werbelied!
5. Sieh' Ev'chen! Dacht' Ich Doch, Wo Sie Blieb!
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Ein Kind Ward Hier Geboren
2. Selig, Wie Die Sonne
3. Nun Junker! Kommt!
4. Sankt Crispin, Lobet Ihn!
5. Herr Je! Herr Je!
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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This is an assembled production built up by Walter Legge from portions of a rehearsal on July 27 and live performances in the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth on August 5, 16, 19, 21 and 24, 1951. It was originally issued by Columbia Records on 68 sides (34 disks) at 78 rpm, making it the largest production ever issued in that format.

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This is one of producer Walter Legge's first attempts to crack the problem of recording the unique sound of Bayreuth. There are undoubtedly faults, as pointed out by prior Amazon US reviewers. For those who insist on hearing the worst, it should be noted that the new tape recording technology of the era was not quite up to such a huge project as this one, so there are a few occasions of overloading, fade away and discernible joins. Nevertheless, the overall effect is not as bad as all this would seem to suggest. Considering that it is a first attempt, the mono sound is acceptable and capable of pleasing any listener who is more interested in the performance than the sound technology.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great bargain basement version 3 Aug 2010
By Peter Biddlecombe TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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One of the classic recordings on CD will cost you about 5 times as much at current prices. This seems to be the Karajan recording from the 1951 Bayreuth Festival, with a young Elisabeth Schwarzkopf as Eva, and a rather older Otto Edelmann as Sachs. The sound quality isn't great, and the whole piece comes on just 5 tracks, so finding the prize song or your favourite Sachs monologue might be a bit of a challenge. But the performance and singers are very good, so I was happy to give this a go despite already having one of the other recordings, and have no reason to regret the decision.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Historic recording 15 July 2010
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Not the greates hi-fi in the world but the standard of singing is amazing. It's a shame that most of these singers were not able to make hi fidelity recordings when they were at their peak as they mostly are in this live recording from Bayreuth.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Meistersingers available 14 April 2012
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Let me start by saying this is a far superior performance to the 70s EMI set, which I have always found lazy and predictable. Karajan's early 50s set from Bayreuth is the epitome of spontaneity, humour and geniality. For me this is a good 'live' counterpart to the Knappertsbusch studio version (still, I think, my favourite Meistersinger). Sound quality is ok for its time.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Glacial tempi 26 July 2011
By Doug Urquhart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I picked this disc up at our local library's book sale. Some excellent performers, plus a mixture of conductors, but for some curious reason all of the conductors favoured an extremely slow tempo. The worst offender was track three - the Fliedermonolog, sung by the superb Hermann Prey, but utterly destroyed by Kurt Woss, whose tempo suggested that Prey popped out for a smoke between bars. I found myself shouting "Get on with it!"

This one goes back into the donations bin for next year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Bargain on MP3... 12 July 2012
By Hurin - Published on Amazon.com
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Others have provided learned and interesting reviews of this historic performance. I only want to add that the sound provided is completely acceptable and entirely enjoyable. I forgot about the 60+ year old thinness soon after starting to listen. At least there is little shattering and other distortion. Balance between orchestra and voices is pretty good. Only in the big moments at the end of the third act could you really ask for more.

Grab it while it is still at this price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Getting ready for our 90th" 19 Dec 2009
By Doctor Mickey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Cincinnati Opera is celebrating its 90th anniversary June 23 and 26, 2010. James Levine conducts and James Morris is Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg. In preparation for experiencing this great Wagnerian Opera I felt that I had to become more familiar with the music, so that's why I ordered the Highlights album. It is perfect for my preparation.
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