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This review is from: Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (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.