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Wagner: Orchestral Music from Der Ring des Nibelungen Die Meistersinger - Tristan und Isolde
Wagner, Szell, Cleveland Orchestra
Wagner: Orchestral Music from Der Ring des Nibelungen Die Meistersinger - Tristan und Isolde
Genre: Classical
 
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George Szell was the greatest opera conductor who never recorded a complete opera. Early in his career, he decided to leave the opera house because he was unable to work with what he considered to be the compromising condi...  more »

     
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All Artists: Wagner, Szell, Cleveland Orchestra
Title: Wagner: Orchestral Music from Der Ring des Nibelungen Die Meistersinger - Tristan und Isolde
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Release Date: 6/2/1992
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074644817522

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George Szell was the greatest opera conductor who never recorded a complete opera. Early in his career, he decided to leave the opera house because he was unable to work with what he considered to be the compromising conditions of modern opera production. The most tantalizing recording he never conducted was the complete "Ring" for London. The honor went instead to Sir Georg Solti, and although Solti's work was hardly inconsiderable, this exceptional disc gives us some sense of what we lost. In fact, if you can only afford to buy one Wagner disc, get this one. Not only is the playing incredible, the whole package is available at a budget price. It's more than a bargain; it's a steal. --David Hurwitz

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One of the best especially at budget price
Ray Barnes | Surrey, British Columbia Canada | 06/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I share the very favourable sentiments of other reviewers about this recording. Generally the orchestral playing is of the very highest quality and Szell sustains a high level of tension without the music feeling somewhat overdriven, as was the case with some of Toscanini's later recordings with the NBC Symphony. Certainly the Ring excerpts are convincing and the finale of Gotterdammerung, tacked on to the Funeral March without a break, makes a thrilling, apocalyptic impact. The Meistersinger Act I Prelude is played at a sensible tempo, with the multiple polyphony coming through very clearly, and the Tristan excerpts are also very strong and intense, although some listeners might prefer here a slower pace. Szell's work as a general rule was utterly lacking in sentimentality, prefering instead to let the emotion of the music come through discipline and precision. This no-nonsense approach works here. The sound is a bit dated, but that should not deter anybody. The documentation is excellent. At budget price, this can be enthusiastically recommended."
A summit
R. Kunath | Illinois, USA | 07/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of the truisms about George Szell is that he was a "cold" conductor (British music critics often recycle this claim). It's a total misrepresentation: you will NEVER hear these selections from the Ring played with such extraordinary emotional intensity. Add to that some of the most breathtaking orchestral virtuosity ever recorded, and you have one of the great classics of recorded music in our century. You'll never hear a better "Siegfried's Funeral Music," I guarantee."
Wagner for Wagnerians!
R. Kunath | 01/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The kind of Wagner I dream about. What an authentic sound! One minute into this great budget-priced CD and you know you're in good hands--hang on, it's going to be a heck of a ride! Truth be told, I bought this one for "Magic Fire Music," and it satisfied. I don't really need another Wagner compilation, but I was in the mood, and this one struck my fancy. Lucky me! I'm sure it will supplant the others. And the pieces here? First-rate choice. After we leave Valhalla there's some Meistersinger, then straight into the Prelude and Isolde's Liebestod (strung together; no singing [anywhere on the album]). It really is a shame that Szell didn't conduct more opera, judging by this CD. Sounds like he and the orchestra were born to play Wagner. And that "Tristan" excerpt, boy oh boy. Szell was like a storyteller with that baton. I was pretty much exhausted at the conclusion of the CD. Highest recommendation."