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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (3 CDs)
 
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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (3 CDs)

22 Sept. 1997 | Format: MP3

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10:38
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5:33
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9:17
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18:33
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6:50
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17:56
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6:20
Disc 2
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1:58
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13:07
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15:06
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4:49
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2:28
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4:09
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2:11
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7:34
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1:41
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11:03
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8:07
Disc 3
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4:14
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2:34
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8:08
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9:18
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4:59
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11:13
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9:03
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3:11
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4:59
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7:21
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6:15
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1966
  • Release Date: 22 Sept. 1997
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1997 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 3:38:35
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  • ASIN: B001N8LP3Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,083 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Format: Audio CD
I was lucky enough to be present at the last outing of this Wieland Wagner production with essentially the same cast - the curtain calls went on for more than 45 minutes!
Undoubtedly, this is a totally exceptional performance - one of those live performances that catches fire from the first enigmatic rise and fall to the famous 'Tristan' chord and never lets you go until long after the last note of the Liebestod has died away. Bohm (often accused of being kapellmeisterish at the time) is electric - the music ebbs and flows with the passion of the protagonists, at times whipped up to almost hysterical proportions (Tristan's Act 2 arrival and the height of his dementia in Act 3 for example), at others achingly lonely (Marke's monologue or the shepherd's piping come to mind).
The singing, too, is unsurpassed. Nilsson and Windgassen are in superlative form throughout - Windgassen tired in Act 3? His character is dying, for God's sake - and he certainly rises to the excitements of Isolde's arrival and the ripping of the bandages from his wound. Christa Ludwig sings Brangane's warnings from the tower with a haunting rapture that matches that of the lovers downstage. The much-missed Martti Talvela sings his (presumably huge) socks off as Marke, turning a character who can be a bore into, for his moment, the most sympathetic and moving person in the opera.
I've never got it with Furtwangler and Flagstad by the time of that performance sounded too maternal for my taste. Bernstein is brave and at times fascinating but his cast aren't as good. Karajan is too overcooked and Vickers - often a great Tristan on stage - was too self-indulgent here.
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WHAT!? How can a reviewer writing below criticise Windgassen's performance in Act III?? It's perhaps the greatest display of vocal 'acting' you will ever hear anywhere. The intensity and passion of Windgassen's performance guarantees the reputation of this classic set. Bohm IS fast. He's sometimes hectic, wild and passionate. But, come on! this is 'Tristan' after all. Perhaps the MOST extreme, demanding, intense opera ever written. Just listen to the Act III moment where Tristan, in his madness, imagines seeing Isolde's ship on the horizon. Oh boy...such music and such an incredible performance. Or listen to Nilsson and Windgassen in the wondeful Act II duet: 'O Sink Herneider'. Worth the price of the set on its own. The sound quality is, for Bayreuth, totally satisfactory with very few stage intrusions and a natural, warm ambience. The Bayruether Festspiele orchestra is accurate and respond to Bohm's thrilling direction wonderfully.
Wagner himself stated that, after the score was completed, he was scared of the finished result and the intensity of the emotion enshrined therein. And, listening to this performance, you can understand his concerns. It's an extraordinary performance of an extraordinary opera.
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Because Bohm decided to record each act individually there are none of the problems of stamina that can affect other live performances. Nilsson is ecstatic and incredibly moving and Windgassen, while sometimes at a sonic disadvantage to her, provides a reading of such intensity that there can be few to match him. There are no weeknesses in the cast and Bohm, while sometimes on the urgent side builds climaxes wonderfully well. The final Liebestod is so moving that it becomes almost overwhelming and the sound quality is superb. For raw emotional intensity this version cannot be beaten.
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This live performance is out of the ordinary. This was clearly a very unusual artistic atmosphere, everyone gives their all to Wagner's wonderful opera, and one is full of admiration for this entire cast. In many ways this is a marvellous recording- even Bohm's conducting of the Prelude alone is shattering. This being said, it feels presumptuous to criticise anything, or find things wanting, but this is the real world.

Birgit Nilsson's voice is a phenomenon: such brilliant steely power and inexhaustible reserves, notably at the very top of her range- this is something almost unique; and yet there may be something necessary here for Isolde which is lacking. Her assumption of this tremendous part lacks vulnerability, is short of the softer, moving qualities that, for example, Kirsten Flagstad embodied. Yes, Isolde is a princess, regal, imperious and courageous, (and Nilsson makes these qualities evident, and thrilling)- but she must also be yielding, compassionate, which is important to this role.

Nilsson is fabulous in her furious rage in Act I, but less comfortable with the sublime tenderness required later on. Where most sopranos are inclined to have a weakness, at the top of the range, Birgit Nilsson is at her very strongest, and this makes her extraordinary, but in the middle of the voice, where warmth is often required, Nilsson's tone is on the thin side. Here, the tone is frankly not such a beautiful sound.

On balance Nilsson, though a stunning artist, is not the Isolde of an ideal world. She is much better-suited to the role of Brunnhilde, but her ideal part is probably Puccini's 'Turandot' where her unique strengths are demonstrated to astonishing effect.
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