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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

1 Mar 2004 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar 2004
  • Release Date: 1 Mar 2004
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 EMI Records ltd
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  • Total Length: 4:15:11
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  • ASIN: B001KZT93S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,587 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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84 of 84 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Mar 2004
Format: Audio CD
A word on behalf of this legendary set's cast. Obviously the team of Flagstad and Furtwangler are the ultimate selling point, however.....
Suthaus has a most attractive masculine heldentenor voice. His is the best of any other Tristan on the market. His tone is more beautiful than Jon Vickers (compare them by listening to the EMI Karajan stereo set). As for complaints that he is strained, his duets with Flagstad are masterful and his performance in Act III is amazing, very moving without being course or histrionic. The end of Act II sound's just as it should, given his charater's waves of erotic and romantic emotion. He lives his role perfectly and has a powerful voice that matches his heroines artistically.
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's portrayal of a youthful Kurwenal is of the highest artistic order. I say no more.
Many criticise Blanche Thebom. However, she is never less than highly competent in the role of Brangane. She is a perfect foil for Flagstad's incomparable Isolde. This is a significant role. One that in the wrong hands can threaten to dominate and rival rather than balance with the female lead. Thebom sounds what her role is, a servant of Isolde's, not her rival. Her voice is not unattractive, and suits her role perfectly. Artistically she serves Flagstad, with just enough edginess in her voice to denote her character's wary nervous tension.
Greindl sounds just right as the mature monarch cuckolded by his trophy wife. He sound's angry in Act II, just as his character should. There are prettier voiced interpretations. But his voice perfectly suits the drama.
I am amazed by reviews that overlook the considerable achievement everyone concerned put into this recording. The casting may have been expeditious, but it gave us performances that are dramatically compelling.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Snake Man on 7 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
Just a quick review here.

This is arguably the best cd recording I have of a Wagner opera and I would compare it favourably with Karl Bohm's more modern recording. Where Bohm's tempi are more predictable and swift sometimes to the detriment of feeling Furtwangler's approach is more patient to the extent that he extracts greater feeling out of the dissonant chords whose failure to recapitulate are more agonizingly and passionately transmitted.

Furtwangler's recording here is long, but it is always captivating - Bohm's effort seems longer - allowing for the full ethereal mood to be engendered; such atmospheric effect I feel is of utmost importance in productions of Wagner's later works such as Parsifal, Der Ring and Tristan as it tends to imbue the works with the sort of existential angst which often appears lacking in more modern adaptations and which I believe is of fundamental importance to an understanding of the sort of sound and operatic mood that Wagner was looking for.

Liebestod is also superb here.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By L. Mitnick on 29 Oct 2007
Format: Audio CD
"Tristan Und Isolde" is a huge and powerful score, one that for many is simply "too much" to handle. It has a kind of "black magic" that no other opera has, and it's not an easy score to get a handle on. The music as a whole is, to say the very least, overwhelming. It took me years and years to really "get into it", and I've heard many recordings of it. That said, I find it very much like a narcotic that I must have. Small wonder that Wagner, when writing it, himself said that "this Tristan is driving me mad". Whatever the case, this EMI monophonic recording stands as one of the great recordings of the century, and for good reason. Furtwangler's way with the score is extraordinary. It's as though he sees a supernatural mysticism in the music, and is determined to make it seem as though it takes a life of it's own, which it certainly does here. He is helped enormously by the immortal Kirsten Flagstad, whose vocal power and authority is itself pretty overwhelming. She was 57 years old when she recorded this Isolde, and the voice is not that of a young woman, but rather one that is full of authority and power. This power works well in Act I, and in the opening of Act II, yet amazingly enough, she can voice the sheer lyricism and tenderness for the love duet. Those two infamous high C's (which were supplied by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf) are of no concern whatsoever and I cannot understand why they created such a fuss. EMI could have left them out altogether --- they are of very short duration, and are not important (Helen Traubel, who sang countless Isoldes at the Met after Flagstad's departure, never sang these two top notes!), especially in the light of Flagstad's monumental voice as a whole. And what a voice it was!Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Londonjerez on 3 Aug 2012
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A five-star recording. Brilliant balance between voices and orchestra. Wonderful conducting, amazing voices and interpretation. Cannot be faulted. The booklet too is very interesting concerning how the recording came about and the collaboration between all involved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on 15 Jun 2012
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A justly famous Tristan,about the greatest I've ever heard,and remastered to a beautiful sound now,unlike previous incarnations,which were a trifle muddy.Anyone who loves great singing,conducting,playing(and composing,of course)should get this.Whichever other version(s) you may have,you ain't heard it until the Furtwangler version.A purchase you'll never regret.
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