on 15 May 2013
169 minutes of Rienzi is here, all one got before much more was discovered in the 1970's. Having said that, this is a very enjoyable performance: the orchestra and chorus have their rough edges, but the soloists are good, some very good, and the whole thing is conducted with panache and vitality. The mono 1950 sound is more than acceptable, so, if the price is low enough, buy! The same performance is also available in a Zyx box set with other Wagner operas.