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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous but frustrating, 2 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Korngold: Die Tote Stadt (Audio CD)
Probably the best recording of 'Die tote Stadt' and wears amazingly well for being 35 years old. Especially welcome at mid/low price.
HOWEVER: try and find a copy of the original issue on RCA instead of this re-issue on Sony. Why? the original has a good booklet and the libretto in English and German. This re-issue has cheapskated on that which is pathetic. But, if you know the opera, or if you don't care that there's no libretto, go ahead. Note that all the rival versions have no libretto either. And this version is better.
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Initial post: 18 Sep 2011 12:16:09 BDT
M. Ward says:
Thank you for your useful tip about getting the RCA version. I have done just that.

Michael

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2011 12:30:59 BDT
If you enjoy the RCA set, now you have the libretto in English and German, why not try one of the other sets too? The Orfeo one (live from Salzburg, but very good sound and virtually no stage noise) is better than the Naxos one. Also, there's a stunning DVD from the Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg - a weird production but fascinating.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011 13:16:14 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Oct 2011 13:32:21 BDT
D. S. CROWE says:
With regards to the Orfeo Salzburg recording, while the added luxury of the VPO is a bonus, and Runnicles is at least as persuasive an interpreter as Leinsdorf, and Torsten Kerl is far and away the best tenor of the 3 sets (Sunnegardh barely copes at times)-Denoke is dramatic but is more than a touch wobbly and WORST OF ALL-IT IS HEAVILY CUT! The whole "Iron Men of Bruges" sequence has been excised, and there are other minor cuts too. I've seen this production in Vienna, not Salzburg,and it was the same in the theatre. Still worth hearing, but not the full story. The same applies to the otherwise superb Naxos-there are cuts, but not the same as on the Orfeo and they are not as intrusive-The Iron Men toll impressively. Segestam proves astonishingly to be the finest of the interpreters-I don't normally associate him with lush late romatic fayre-, the Stockholm Orchestra covers itself in glory and is not even outclassed by the VPO-and the set is worth its pittance cost for Ms Dalayman alone-she is absolutely superb, eclipsing all rivals and presaging her current assumption of the big Wagner roles-superb recording by Swedish radio also. As already mentioned, Suunegardh struggles at times-his upper register is firm and strong, it's getting there that 's the problem, and he does sound tired at the end in whichever night of the 3 they captured this part of the performance-but the rest of the cast is superb. As so often, the ideal would be a combination of the 3-best option-buy them all. Stewart Crowe

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011 17:45:01 BDT
I saw this Willi Decker production at Covent Garden, and yes it had a few cuts. Buy them all? Yes, I have. But if you want only a single set, go for the Leinsdorf.
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