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Legendary Wagner Singers of the 1930s (Telefunken Legacy Series)
Max Lorenz, Berlin Philharmonic, Bayreuth Orchestra
Legendary Wagner Singers of the 1930s (Telefunken Legacy Series)
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (9) - Disc #2

A mandatory set for Wagnerians and lovers of great singing. Here are some of the leading lights of German opera in recordings made between 1929 and 1939. The absence of the great Wagnerians of the period, such as Melchior,...  more »

      
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All Artists: Max Lorenz, Berlin Philharmonic, Bayreuth Orchestra
Title: Legendary Wagner Singers of the 1930s (Telefunken Legacy Series)
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Label: Elektra / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/1/1930
Re-Release Date: 6/5/2001
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 685738302222

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A mandatory set for Wagnerians and lovers of great singing. Here are some of the leading lights of German opera in recordings made between 1929 and 1939. The absence of the great Wagnerians of the period, such as Melchior, Schorr Lieder, and Flagstad, should trouble no one, since their recordings are easily available and their lesser-known contemporaries are very close to their exalted level. It would be hard to imagine, for example, better Wagnerian baritones than Rudolf Bockelmann, whose big, bold voice is compelling in arias from Tannh&aauml;user and Das Rheingold, and Herbert Janssen, who marries a beautiful voice to verbal sensitivities that make his Tannh&aauml;user excerpts so overwhelming. The set abounds in terrific tenors, too--Franz Völker, whose magnificent Lohengrin excerpts are highlights; Helge Roswaenge, whose bright, forward voice makes "Am stillen Herd" from Die Meistersinger another highlight; and the often erratic but always passionate Max Lorenz, heard in the Ring excerpts. There are welcome surprises as well. Baritone Hans Reinmar's Sachs and Wotan may lack the tonal colors of his rivals, but he sings with feeling and sensitivity. Willi Storring's Siegfried scenes are done in a gleaming, thrustful, lighter voice than we're used to, but it's no less effective, even matching Lorenz, whose recordings of the scene follow. The women are almost as good--the famed Konetzni sisters, Maria Müller, and Maria Reining (especially touching in "Euch Lüften" from Lohengrin all contribute mightily. Bryan Crimp's transfers are superb, taming distortion and rendering the voices with a weight and presence that defy time. --Dan Davis
 

CD Reviews

Rare and Brilliant Performances of Wagner
Tom Moran | New York, NY United States | 01/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The title of this CD is a little disingenuous (''Great Wagner Singers of the Nazi Era'' would have been more honest), but it's an impressive issue. Nostalgic packaging make it look like an old album of 78s from the 1930s, and the notes by Jürgen Kesting give you a good sense of who these (mostly obscure) singers are. Don't look for Wagnerian stalwarts such as Freida Leider, Kirsten Flagstad or Lauritz Melchior. The singers on this CD are probably unknown to the casual Wagnerite, but their performances are impressive. I was particularly engrossed by Willy Störring's rendition of two tracks from ''Siegfried.'' Störring is nothing short of electrifying -- far more impressive than anyone you'll find singing the part in an opera house today. I would say that those two tracks alone make the set worth buying, but there's plenty more performances that are, if not as impressive, than nearly as enjoyable (including four tracks recorded live at the 1936 Bayreuth festival). If you're a fan either of Wagner or historical recordings in general, I would grab this two-CD set. While not on the ''must-have'' level of Bruno Walter's Act I of ''Die Walküre,'' it's a set that Wagnerites will want to own."