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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: ZYX- Classic (ZYX)
  • ASIN: B00B1ME3UO
  • Other Editions: Hardcover  |  Paperback  |  Hardcover  |  Audio CD  |  Unknown Binding
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tannhäuser: One of the greatest romantic operas of all time. The protagonist is held a willing captive at the Venusberg. Eventually, Tannhäuser realizes that he needs to go back to mankind, and finds himself at the Wartburg, where a singing contest is taking place and an epic drama unfolds.
Wolfgang Windgassen (Tannhäuser)
Josef Greindl (Landgraf Hermann)
Eberhard Waechter (Wolfram von Eschenbach)
Anja Silja (Elisabeth) u.v.a.
Dirigent / Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch.

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By Bacchus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD
This was the third recording of Tannhauser that I had listened to and for me it was the most satisfactory. My first, with Georg Solti was glorious [I got to know through listening to cassettes borrowed from a library]. That recording was a deserved classic and contains more music than this one from Haitink being the Paris revision with many numbers being expanded. The second was the Otto Gerdes recording with Wolfgang Windgassen, Dietrich Fischer Dieskau and Birgit Nilsson that I purchased on LP. For some reason, that recording sounded unbelievably boring and rather put me off Wagner for a time.

I bought this Bernard Haitink recording on CD sometime in the 1990s and have never looked back. This is the original Dresden recording and therefore quite a bit shorter than Solti's recording. I recall at the time that critics weren't all that impressed, finding Haitink's conducting a bit lightweight. However, in researching comment for this review, I did see some very positive comments from the Wagner scholar and critic Barry Millington.

I have listened to this recording again and was completely enthralled. The conducting doesn't seem lightweight to me and I think that Haitink had a real dramatic flair [he wasn't that experienced at opera when he made this recording in 1984], especially compared to Gerdes. The orchestra is the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, who play beautifully and had me marvelling at Wagner's genius in writing for orchestra; just listen to the brass fanfares at the end of the first act. The chorus of Bavarian Radio too makes a gloriously rich sound - which is very important in this opera.

The solo singing is fantastic - I don't think there is a weak link.
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There are pro's and cons in choosing this recording. The main problem is the sound quality particularly with respect to the limited high frequency response of the orchestra. However on the plus side the CDs were inexpensive and the principal singers were very good. The cast included a number of legendary Wagnerian singers and I was particularly impressed with Wolfgang Windgassen and Anja Silja.
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The above reviews do not relate to this set but principally to the Electrola/;EMI recording conducted by Franz Konwitschny. This recording was made at performances in Bayreuth in 1962 when the production had settled down. Sawallisch in the pit is excellent and sets a workable pace so that the singers can be heard distinctly but he does not encourage any lingering. Windgassen as Tannhauser is in excellent voice most of the time but the finale of the second act sees him rather dry. However in act three he comes up with truly great singing. He is one of the few singing actors who can make the character believable. GBS once said that Tannhauser is either a fool for preferring the delights offer by the Landgraves' court to to those on offer by Venus or a prig for pretending so.
Wachter as Wolfram is superb. The young Silja puts her heart into Elisabeth although the occasional sour note intrudes. Greindl as the Landgrave was definitely having an off night. I would venture that this was recorded during exceptionally hot weather. Bumbry was an unusual choice for Venus
but does not disappoint. The recording is good. I give five stars for the contributions of Windgasssen, Wachter and Sawallisch.
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the sound quality is not as good as it could have been, but considering when this performance was recorded, it was pretty good. The performers gave a classic performance. Unfortunately the technology used to record it has not stood the test of time as well as the rest of it.
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By A Customer on 6 Feb. 1999
Format: Paperback
A wonderful way to study the music, whether you want to follow along or play and sing yourself. As a vocal score, it is concise.
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wonderful , this is a brilliant recording
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