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  • Audio CD (15 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Oehms Classics
  • ASIN: B0094BDOCM
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,658 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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"Die Feen" ("The Fairies") was the twenty year old Wagner's first opera, (1833).
First performed in 1888, five years after Wagner's death.

Wagner Completists need at least one recording of it.
It has been recorded four times - all are on CD.
Not yet available on DVD or Blu-Ray.

"Complete" recordings of "Die Feen", in ascending order of completeness:
[hint: for ease of navigation, read the review though to the end, then come back and click on the links.]

2 hours, 46 minutes = Wolfgang Sawallisch, Munich Opera, 1983: Feen-Comp Opera

2 hours, 53 minutes = Sebastian Weigle, Frankfurt Opera, 2011: The recording under review.

3 hours, 1 minute = Gabor Otvos, Cagliari Opera, 1998: Wagner: Die Feen / The Fairies

3 hours, 20 minutes = Edward Downes, BBC, 1976: Wagner: Complete Operas (Limited Edition)

Since "Die Feen" is such a rarity, I can only recommend a performance that is both complete and comes with a libretto and English translation.
That makes it easy.
Curiously enough, the oldest recording (1976) is the only one to meet these minimum requirements.

Edward Downes with the BBC is, therefore, my first choice for "Die Feen".
Fortunately its a spirited performance in nice stereo sound.
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This was a gift for my partner Andrew, a big Wagner fan. It's an early composition by Wagner and has beautiful music. The disc has some great soloists and has a detailed insert for those who like to study the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Performance of a Neglected Opera 4 April 2016
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This performance is well played, superbly conducted and, by and large, very well sung. I am increasingly enthused about Sebastian Weigle's conducting. The most important thing about this recording is that it is an exciting, thoroughly committed performance. The singers, including the chorus, know what they're about, and they DELIVER. Yes, this is Baby Wagner, but it's well worth hearing, and they make a great case for it. Another reviewer on this site prefers the 40 year old BBC recording because it is note complete. I think the cuts here are trifling, and in the context of a live performance, negligible. More importantly,the sonics on this new recording are vastly superior to the older version. The soloists on the new recording are all good, and several better than that. Tamara Wilson is a superb Ada. I think this performance makes a much better case for DIE FEEN than the note-complete BBC version. Stage and audience noises are minimal. Very enjoyable!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wagner's Die Feen: Discography 10 May 2014
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"Die Feen" ("The Fairies") was the twenty year old Wagner's first opera, (1833).
First performed in 1888, five years after Wagner's death.

Wagner Completists need at least one recording of it.
It has been recorded four times - all are on CD.
Not yet available on DVD or Blu-Ray.

"Complete" recordings of "Die Feen", in ascending order of completeness:
[hint: for ease of navigation, read the review though to the end, then come back and click on the links.]

2 hours, 46 minutes = Wolfgang Sawallisch, Munich Opera, 1983: Feen-Comp Opera

2 hours, 53 minutes = Sebastian Weigle, Frankfurt Opera, 2011: The recording under review.

3 hours, 1 minute = Gabor Otvos, Cagliari Opera, 1998: Wagner: Die Feen / The Fairies

3 hours, 20 minutes = Edward Downes, BBC, 1976: Wagner: Complete Operas (Limited Edition)

Since "Die Feen" is such a rarity, I can only recommend a performance that is both complete and comes with a libretto and English translation.
That makes it easy.
Curiously enough, the oldest recording (1976) is the only one to meet these minimum requirements.

Edward Downes with the BBC is, therefore, my first choice for "Die Feen".
Fortunately its a spirited performance in nice stereo sound.

It was released in 2005 as a 3 CD set on the Italian label Ponto (no libretto or translation), in violation of BBC copyright - since withdrawn.
Luckily, DG picked it up for inclusion in their 13 Opera, 43 CD Box: Wagner: Complete Operas (Limited Edition)
The booklet includes a link to the website where librettos and translations can be downloaded (clumsy but unavoidable in a bargain box like this).

DG also licensed the Downes/BBC recording of Wagner's second opera "Das Liebesverbot" for their Big Wagner Box.
The best available performances of Wagner's first three operas, on nine CDs with complete librettos, for only $75 would be a bargain all by itself.
Think of the remaining ten operas as a bonus.

P.S. I have also prepared discographies of Wagner: Das Liebesverbot - and - Wagner: Rienzi
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