Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Home of Opera) Box set
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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.Read more ›
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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This is a marvellous recording of Die Meistersinger. A word of warning though DO NOT PURCHASE THE DOWNLOAD. I had it 'free' with the CD and it is awful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Og
I do not mean to sound blasé or spoiled when I say that, as a very experienced listener to opera recordings, I was fairly sure that I knew what this recording would sound... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ralph Moore
Like 95% of us, I'm a pretender in Wagner and abjectly so. With no melody in sight, I asphyxiate in that first hour of Siegfried: surely we have a right to be bored by such a... Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2014 by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon