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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Home of Opera) Box set

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  • Orchestra: Chor des Staatsoper Dresden, Chor des Leipziger Rundfunks, Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (10 Nov. 2010)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0040UEI7W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,424 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prelude
  2. Da zu dir der Heiland Kam (Gemeinde)
  3. Verweilt! - Ein Wort! (Walther/Eva/Magdalene)
  4. Da bin ich! (David/Magdalene/Walther/Eva)
  5. David, was stehst? (Lehrlingen/David/Walther)
  6. Mein Herr! der Singer Meister-Schlag (David/Walther)
  7. Der Meister Tön' und Weisen (David/Walther/Lehrlingen)
  8. Damit, Herr Ritter, ist's so bewant! (David/Walther)
  9. Aller End' ist doch David der Allergescheit'st'! (Lehrlingen/David)
  10. Seid meiner Treue wohl versehen (Pogner/Beckmesser/Walther)
  11. Gott grüss' euch, Meister! (Sachs/Vogelgesang/Beckmesser/Nachtigall/Kothner/Pogner/Ortel/Zorn/Moser/Lehrling/David/Eisslinger/Foltz/Schwartz)
  12. Das schöne Fest, Johannistag (Pogner/Lehrlingen/Vogelgesang/Sachs/Kothner/Beckmesser)
  13. Vielleicht schon ginget ihr zu weit (Sachs/Die Meister/Kothner/Beckmesser/Vogelgesang/Nachtigall/Pogner)
  14. Dacht' ich mir's doch! (Beckmesser/Die Meister/Kothner/Pogner/Nachtigall/Sachs)
  15. Am stillen Herd in Winterszeit (Walther/Sachs/Beckmesser/Kothner/Vogelgesang/Nachtigall)
  16. Nun, Meister, wenn's gefällt (Kothner/Walther/Beckmesser)

Disc: 2

  1. Fanget an! (Beckmesser/Walther)
  2. Seid ihr nun fertig? (Beckmesser/Walther/Pogner/Kothner)
  3. Halt! Meister! Nicht so geeilt! (Sachs/Beckmesser/Nachtigall/Kothner/Pogner/Die Meister/Walther/Lehrlingen)
  4. Johannistag! Johannistag! (Lehrlingen/David/Magdalene/Sachs)
  5. Lass seh'n ob Meister Sachs zu Haus? (Pogner/Eva/Magdalene)
  6. Zeig' her! - 's ist gut (Sachs/David)
  7. Was duftet doch der Flieder (Sachs)
  8. Gut'n Abend. Meister! (Eva/Sachs/Magdalene)
  9. Hilf Gott! wo bliebst du nur so spat? (Magdalene/Eva/Pogner)
  10. Da ist er! (Eva/Magdalene/Walther)
  11. Geliebter, spare den Zorn! (Eva/Magdalene/Walther/Nachtwächter)
  12. Üble Dinge, die ich da merk' (Sachs/Walther/Eva)
  13. Tu's nicht! Doch horch! (Eva/Walther/Sachs)
  14. Jerum! Jerum!
  15. Das Fenster geht auf (Sachs/Beckmesser/Walther/Eva)
  16. Den Tag seh' ich erscheinen (Beckmesser/Sachs)
  17. Mit den Schuhen ward isch fertig schier! (Sachs/Beckmesser/Nachbaren/David/Magdalene/Lehrlingen/Gesellen/Die Meister/Pogner/Walther/Nachtwächter)

Disc: 3

  1. Prelude
  2. Gleich Meister! Hier!
  3. Am Jordan Sankt Johannes stand (David/Sachs)
  4. Wahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn! (Sachs)
  5. Grüß' Gott, mein Junker!
  6. Mein Freund! in holder Jugendzeit
  7. Morgenlich leuchtend in rosigem Schein (Sachs/Walther)
  8. Ein Werbelied! von Sachs? - ist's wahr?
  9. Das Gedicht? Hier ließ ich's (Beckmesser/Sachs)
  10. Sieh', Ev'chen (Sachs/Eva/Walther)
  11. Hat man mit dem Schuhwerk nicht seine Not! (Sachs/Eva)
  12. Ein Kind ward hier geboren (Sachs)

Disc: 4

  1. Die selige Morgentraum-Deutweise....Selig, wie die Sonne (Sachs/Eva/Walther/David/Magdalene)
  2. Sanckt Crispin, lobet ihn! (Schustern/Schneidern/Bäckern/Lehrlingen)
  3. Ihr tanzt? Was werden die Meister sagen? (David/Lehrlingen/Gesellen)
  4. Silentium! Silentium!...Wach' auf, es nahet gen den Tag (Lehrlingen/Volk)
  5. Euch macht ihr's leicht, mir macht ihr's schwer (Sachs/Pogner/Beckmesser)
  6. Nun denn, wenn's Meistern und Volk beliebt (Sachs/Kothner/Beckmesser/Volk/Lehrlingen/Die Meister/Nachtigall/Vogelgesang/Ortel/Foltz)
  7. Das Lied, fürwahr, ist nicht von mir (Sachs/Die Meistersinger/Volk/Die Meister/Lehrlingen)
  8. Morgenlich leuchtend im rosigen Schein (Walther/Volk/Die Meistersinger/Sachs/Pogner/Eva)
  9. Verachtet mir die Meister nicht (Sachs/Alle)

Disc: 5

  1. Libretto
  2. Synopsis

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The genesis of this recording is quite interesting. Karajan had ended his association with EMI by the early 1960s, recording in Berlin with DGG and Vienna with Decca (and Decca for RCA)/ Part of the reason was that he calculated that he could "rule the roost" at DGG, and could record basically what and when he wanted to. This did not go quite according to plan, and lack of support for his Ring project and the recording of another Ring (Bohm-it was recorded by DGG) and a proposed Beethoven cycle by Bohm were not to his liking. He saw an opportunity to expand his own options, and EMI's attempts to lure him back to the fold in the late 60s were successful. It is ironic then that what is one of the most-arguably THE most- rewarding result of this resumed collaboration was this Meistersinger never intended for him in the first place.
Following Barbirolli's enormously successful return to Opera with his justly acclaimed Butterfly, and slightly less successful Otello, this project was due to be the crowning glory of Glorious John's autumnal opera revival.
Regrettably, Barbirolli died tagically before this could be realised, but VEB Schallplatten, EMI's East German partners were keen to proceed anyway.
Only then did Karajan "come into the frame", as it were, and he vacillated about the project virtually up to the last moment, politics both musical and national being major issues-in the end EMI were prepared to proceed with Jochum, but Karajan decided positively-with glorious results.
This issue is the same remastering as for the Great Classics series, and only the packaging is different.
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Not having listened to Meistersinger for some years I had forgotten what a great work it is. The last act in particular, making the final cd in this set over an hour of concentrated musical excellence, unfolding apparently endless dramatic and lyric mastery and compositional imagination. What extraordinary cultural achievements this, Tristan and the Ring are.

And this is a wonderful recording, too. Climaxes controlled with impeccable timing and really fine chorus work complement the sort of performances you would expect from this cast of major 20th century artists. I liked Geraint Evans very much too, despite criticism of his performance in this I've read elsewhere.

No doubt there are other recordings equally fine, but I could hope for none better. Beyond criticism, in my opinion. Highly recommended and currently at a very attractive price.
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Whether or not you can take to some of Wagner's xenophobic rhetoric in this opera there is no doubt of its beauty. This beauty is wonderfully brought out by Karajan and the Dresden forces with their famed burnished gold tone. The recording was apparently a very happy occasion for both conductor and orchestra and it shows in the results on these discs. There is a spontaneity about this performance which wasn't always evident in Karajan's later work. The cast is really good with the young lovers sounding young, which is important. Ridderbusch is a superb Pogner, Evans a whiny Beckmesser and Screier's David is really good. As Hans Sachs Adam is fine although one could ideally do with a little more weight of tone. But this is a quibble. One of the best of all Wagner sets.
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Still my favourite Wagner opera and a fantastic vintage recording. I have Ben Heppner/Sawallisch recording which is also magnificent but Theo Adam as strong affable Sachs, Rene Kollo as a genuine heroic Walther, Helen Donath as a sublime Eva, Peter Schreier as a precosious Peter, a very young Kurt Moll playing the blink and you'll miss it Night Watchman, and of course a delightfully over-acted, rumbustious, bitter-sweet and very funny Beckmesser in the hands of Sir Geraint Evans in his prime. Karajan is of course on top form, he had the best of everything at his fingertips so how couldn't he be with an orchestra like that. I was brought up on this recording and I still am enthralled but.
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