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Dag Kyndel "Kottebo" (Stockholm, Sweden)

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Singt Handel
Singt Handel
Price: £8.32

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars von Otter in her right element!, 8 Sept. 2011
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This review is from: Singt Handel (Audio CD)
In the future Miss von Otter perhaps will be remebered mostly as an absolute masterful Lieder singer. Lieder has dominated in her long career. But as we know, she has also made very many recordings of and performances in opera: Octavian, Alceste, Orpheus, Carmen, all the important Mozart operas and so on. Believe it or not, she has also sung Wagner's Waltraute in Götterdämmerung! To my mind her very greatest impact as an opera singer of world class is to find in her Handel recordings. Here she is in her element, indeed. The most difficult of arias with the best and most secure technique you could wish for. Never forcing. It's a truly great experience to hear her in this music! Don't miss this CD even if you already have many of her complete Händel recordings!

Gluck - Alceste
Gluck - Alceste
Price: £26.48

2.0 out of 5 stars Alceste with high fever, 7 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Gluck - Alceste (Audio CD)
It's really a pity that this recording is rather or more destroyed by Flagstad being severely ill in tonsillitis during the sessions. She wrote herself about this in a memoir, admitting that her illness could be heard and that she wished she had had courage enough to postpone the sessions. She did't because this was her first complete recording for many, many years.
Well, it can be heard. There is no trace of the velvet beauty in her voice here. The other singers are passable, no more. Luckily we have a live recording on Walhall from Flagstad's last performances at the MET in 1952 and also another, on Myto - - where she, a Norwegian sings Alceste in Danish at a concert performance. The language does not matter at all, her voice is its glourious self all through! And on the Myto edition you will meet a little surprise on disc 2, page 2. Two recordings by Wagner, never before published (but with sound distortions).

The Greatest Arias, Vol. 2
The Greatest Arias, Vol. 2
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Price: £14.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very beautiful edition, 6 Sept. 2011
This in the second of two very, very beautiful presentations of Callas's art. Recordings from 1949-1952. The two well-filled discs are presented like a little book. Two discs, 23 arias and a booklet with many photos.

The Greatest Arias
The Greatest Arias
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Price: £36.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful edition, 6 Sept. 2011
This review is from: The Greatest Arias (Audio CD)
This in the first of two very, very beautiful presentations of Callas's art. Recordings from 1952-1961. The two well-filled discs are presented like a little book. Two discs, 21 arias and a booklet with many photos.

Mozart:Don Giovanni
Mozart:Don Giovanni
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Price: £40.46

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great recording, 4 Sept. 2011
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This review is from: Mozart:Don Giovanni (Audio CD)
This Don Giovanni is a golden proof - if you didn't already knew - of Erich Leinsdorf's first class conducting. He knews this music in a way perhaps only Dr. Klemperer has done.
First and foremost: you really get straight into this opera as a very dramatic work. The first cords makes you sit up and will keep you on the edge of your chair. The artists are first class, all of them. I know that many consider Miss Nilsson having a too dramatic kind of voice for Mozart, but why do you think two of the world's greatest Mozartians, Dr. Leinsdorf and Dr. Böhm, chosed her as their Donna Anna? Well, she has just the right dramatic force for this powerful role charachter. Here she sings with a beautiful, silvery tone.
As this recording has not been available on CD for a long time, I bought it on used LP's from the U.S, recently. The stereo version has a magnificient sound, no less. As the records were too damaged I had to return the box and buy an available mono version. It's wonderful, but the sound much more constricted. On this CD edition the sound has been restored with care.
Urania's new release comes as a true gift, and the sound has been processed and is excellent.
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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Decca Collectors Edition)
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Decca Collectors Edition)
Price: £30.60

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best buy, 4 Sept. 2011
I have around 60 complete Rings and I find this the overall best. The sound is magnificient, the conducting highly inspired, Böhm could be very dull sometimes but certainly not here, Nilsson is unapproachable, Wingassen his reliable self. If you like Theo Adam is a matter of taste, I have heard his Wotan live, and I am impressed. The price for this edition is unbelievable and I think this is the right buy if you want only one Ring.
Buy the way, when rehearsing this Götterdämmerung on stage Böhm uttered: "You are the best Brünnhilde I have heard for more than forty years". And Nilsson rapidly answered: "And who was the better one"? Nilsson knew her values, but she was also a humble person, always supporting collegues. When in the Götterdämmerung performance recorded here Martha Mödl, earlier a fantastic Brünnhilde herself, had finished her part of Waltraute, singing this mezzo role for the first time, Nilsson whispered in her ear "That was very well done".
(To celebrate some sort of jubilee in Bayreuth this summer Philips has published the original very luxury box of this Ring - on 16 LP:s! Quite another cost there, more than £200...)

Eine Jahrhundertstime: Voice Of A Century
Eine Jahrhundertstime: Voice Of A Century
Price: £11.98

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot be bettered, 3 Sept. 2011
Have you never heard Nilsson in performance or on record this extremely successful box would immediately explain why she is named "Eine Jahrhundertstimme". Membran really has succeeded here. Live performances and official LP recordings published before 1961 is chosen in an excellent way. You could not get a better picture of this phenomenal singer! Some rarieties: Excerpts from Aida and Ariadne auf Naxos from Stockholm (both with Set Svanholm), Venus in Napoli - and rarest of all, Nilsson as an enchanting Eva in Die Meistersinger with the great Sigurd Björling as Sachs. Nilsson's - to my meaning - best early EMI recording, excerpts from Die Walküre and Der Fliegende Holländer (the heavenly beautiful duet!) with Hans Hotter is included - well you never tire listening. The CD:s are well filled. The cover picture is the most beautiful portrait of Nilsson I have ever seen. Buy it, give it to your friends!
CD 1: Wagner
CD 2: Weber, Strauss, Wagner
CD 3: Verdi
CD 4: Puccini (Fanciulla, Turandot/Leinsdorf)
CD 5: Verdi
CD 6: Mozart, Beethoven
CD 7: Wagner
CD 8: Wagner (as Sieglinde)
CD 9: Wagner (as Brünnhilde)
CD 10: Wagner


3.0 out of 5 stars Some kind of Swedish Elektra, 2 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Backanterna (Audio CD)
Börtz is a modern Swedish composer who has published a few operas. This recording was made at the same time as the complete opera, directed by Ingmar Bergman, was filmed for televison and VHS. I haven't seen a live performance, but I looked for this recording because the main roles were taken by well-known and famous Swedish opera singers, all of them appointed Royal Court Singers: Laila Andersson-Palme, Berit Lindholm, Sylvia Lindenstrand Peter Mattei and Ingrid Tobiasson, to name a few.
After the first night at the Stockholm Royal Opera House, Börtz was hailed as an important opera composer. The recording is interesting mainly through well-performed main roles. This is a modern opera, but not atonal. As if hearing a Swedish "Electra" (Richard Strauss) but quite without that opera's tonal beauty. Thee music - strictly apeaking - is terrible. I cannot stand it. The three stars are for the eminent roster of singers only.

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Mozart: Don Giovanni

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good choice, 31 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Mozart: Don Giovanni (Audio CD)
This is a good version of the opera but not the best. My favourites are: 1) Böhm's later version with Sherril Milnes 2) Leinsdorf's on RCA (at the moment out on Urania records) 3) Klemperer's on EMI. All are very powerful readings. The later version with Böhm is a wonder, I do not think it can be bettered. Leinsdorf's is exquisit. The one under consideration here comes somewhere between. Birgit Nilsson is Donna Anna on two sets (Leinsdorf and this Prague version with Böhm) and has been critisized, but I find her a perfect Anna, she has the dramatic force this strong charachter needs and seldom has.If you want her silvery voice, beautifully contrasted to Leontyne Price's Elvira, chose Leinsdorf:
Of the three Dons Fischer-Dieskau is the least inspiring. The conducting on the early Böhm is a bit heavier compared to the other, and a bit stiff. Leinsdorf and the later Böhm are more dramatic. My advice: buy two, Leinsdorf and the later Böhm!
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Birgit Nilsson sings Wagner
Birgit Nilsson sings Wagner
Price: £18.25

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous compilation, 30 Aug. 2011
These well-filled CD:s are a compilation of three LP:s, one from Decca with Knappertsbush that was made just after Nilsson's sensational debut as Isolde at the MET and perhaps before Decca had decided to go on with their complete recording with Solti. The rest consists of two complete LP:s from Philips, published in the early Seventies The first, conducted by Sir Colin Davis was awarded "Grand Prix du disque lyrique". Here Nilsson sings the Wesendoncklieder with great inner feeling and serene beauty. Then follows Senta's ballad in a powerful reading and - a little less interesting - two arias from Rienzi and Die Feen. The second Philips record, conducted by Leif Segerstam and with Helge Brilioth in very good form as the respective heroes presents the complete final scene between Siegmund and Sieglinde from Die Walküre - and - the best and most interesting of all - a long sequence from Parsifal. By some reason Nilsson never sang Kundry on stage, but she seems deeply involved and it is a breathtaking performance. Need I say more?

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