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Buyer BewareYes, this is THE 1952 Furtwangler/Flagstad version of Tristan but you get nothing but the music on 4 CDs. It's a cheap-o reproduction by some company called ZYX Music GMBH. It's 4 CDs come in a clear plastic box with a single paper insert with the front art work and on the back, the track listings. No booklet, libretto, historic info - nothing. Just four CDs, a plastic box, and a sheet of paper. If having the music is all you want, this is a good deal. For those of us who want to learn and read about this historic recording while also listening to it, get a different version.2... collections of Wagner's opera and this version is the best!!I have several collections of Wagner's opera and this version is the best!!5if you buy Tristan for the Isolde...Gertrude Grob-Prandl's siren song pierces the murkiest of recorded Tristans like a ray of sunlight through stormclouds,and stormclouds are what DeSabata marshals with a Scala orchestra playing like Germans in Italian suits. For many the sound quality will be a deal breaker, although if you are familiar with this music through the stereo recordings out there, then you should buy this for its abounding Interpretative value. Tempo and beat don't need stereo sound to make their point and they are forcefully evident here of DeSabata's unique and compelling understanding of this score and unfortunately is bypassed by fans of the opera who insist on crisp digital sound. This is a recording that illuminated the colors and pacing of this marvelous work, and so I accept it on its own terms, and so should you.5Greatest performance available of the opera!!After a snafu in which I received Tannhauser (2 CDs) und Isolde (1 CD), I worked directly with Opera d'Oro and was able to get the correct recording.As for the performance, it is extraordinary. Not since Flagstad/Melchior has there been such a team singing this great opera. Just listen to "O sink herneider, Nacht der Liebe" and I challenge you not to have chills go up and down your spine (if not a tear come to your eyes). Jon Vickers IS Tristan!! This is no boy sent to do a man's job (such as Windgassen who, for all of his interpretive abilities, doesn't have the size of voice to be in the same theater as Nilsson). Tristan's mad scene in the third act has never been done better. Birgit Nilsson, who sometimes comes across as a cool fish, is passionate and utterly moving as the Irish Princess. Her anger is overwhelming in Act 1, her tenderness and love is palpable in Act 2, and her grief and sorrow overwhelming in the Liebestod. Yes, there are problems with the recording - a lot of wind (which actually is not inappropriate since most of the opera happens outside and it is certainly a tempestuous story), some distortion (mostly at the beginning), and audience noise at the beginning (during the prelude to act 1), the sound is perfectly acceptable - enough to hear a most searingly and overwhelmingly powerful performance of one of the greatest and most pivotal works in Western music!!Of all of the recordings of this work that I have (fourteen, including the Furtwangler, Solti, Stein, Knappertsbusch, Boulez, Beecham, Reiner, Bohm, Bodansky, Heger, Carlos Kleiber, Bernstein and two by Karajan) this ranks at the top. The only other recordings that I would put at the same level would be the Beecham and Reiner performances with Flagstad and Melchior - also overwhelming vocally, albeit with more dated sound - to say nothing of a number of cuts.5A Great Idea, but......I like the idea of these off-beat labels offering classics at budget price, but for the buyer...BEWARE! This is the 1947 Max Lorenz version conducted by Schidt-Issertedt in very good mono. Clear and spacious with the voices and orchestra blended nicely. Those who know their Tristan und Isoldes know the rest: Baumann (Isolde), Klose, Hermann and Markwort. Typically great casting for that era. It (the sound) is beautifully transferred, and is boxed in a colorful, glossy no-thrills package with no libretto. The 4-discs are in cardboard slipcases.This disc is offered on Myto and a couple of other labels for much higher price. Judging by the breaks (more later), this is the Myto release pirated. Good news for the buyer but...those lazy hounds at Centurian Classics obviously copied this excellent recording on a computer that leaves the breaks in! So on disc 1, the entire first act is broken down in 14-sections with a silent pause in mid stream of the music in between. Just like you were listening to an excerpt recording only the selection ends in a jarring halt (sometimes in the middle of an exciting orchestral passage...silence...then continue.) What a shame since this recording is so beautifully recorded and would have been a great bargain. Did they not listen to the results? I bought my copy for $10. The $26 asking price is too much to ask for this, unless you can put up with over 60 breaks in your Tristan und Isolde.2Five Stars are Not Enough for the Essential "Tristan"There are a number of notable recordings of "Tristan und "Isolde"; the Bohm recording from Bayreuth, the (sadly) abridged EMI version (on Preiser and Naxos) from the 1928 Bayreuth Festival, another Bayreuth performance from 1952, with Karajan conducting and Modl and Vinay in the title roles (Modl is one of the most underrated Wagnerian sopranos, a singer with temperament and superb acting ability). I personally have raved over the 1928 Bayreuth set under Elmendorff with Larsen-Todsen and Graarud. But still, as a totality, the Furtwangler "Tristan" maintains its lead as one of the very few opera recordings that can be called "definitive" (the other Wagner sets in this category would include Kempe's "Meistersinger" and Furtwangler's "Walkure"). This reissue is brighter in sound thatn previous ones, and allows for more clarity both in the singers and the orchestral sound. Flagstad's portrayal now emerges as passionate, yet reserved and regal, as an Isolde should be. Suthaus is a really great Tristan, in some ways reminiscent of my favorite Wagnerian tenor, Max Lorenz. Although it would have been exciting to have Margarete KLose as Brangane, I have no reservations about Blanche Thebom in the role. Rudolf Schock is wonderful as both the sailer and the shepherd, and Josef Greindl sings with more dignity and refinement than usual. But Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's Kurvenal really belongs in a class by itself. But of course, the main reason for this album's success all of these decades is the intense, surging conducting of Wilhelm Furtwangler, directing an orchestra that although worked intermittantly with him, understood him as well as any other orchestra. I end by nominating this as the ESSENTIAL "Tristan."5MagnificentOnce again this label comes through with an unmatchable performance at an unbeatable price. Those who purchased the Vickers-Nilsson-Stein recording at [the high price](!) should grit their teeth and add this to their collections. This teaming of Vickers and Nilsson finds them in better (and stunning) voice than in the previous issue, with dynamic conducting by Maestro Boehm. The performances of the rest of the cast are relatively weak, but how refreshing in an opera where the supporting roles are regulary better cast than the name roles. Virtually no information included; on the other hand, who needs it?5A great Tristan and a great bargain!I had avoided this recording in favor of modern stereo versions for awhile but the price seemed too good to pass up. This is now my favorite Tristan. The 1952 mono sound is incredibly clear and well balanced, even the quieter passages come through well. As for the singers, Suthaus is a great Tristan just the right voice for the role and I prefer Fischer-Dieskau's lighter Kurwenal to heavier voices typically cast in this role. Though many would say she was past her prime in 1952, I think that Flagstag's Isolde sounds wonderful with a very warm middle voice. ZYX has done a great job on the CD transfer and I find their packaging, with stacked CDs instead of jewel case or paper jackets, quite elegant.5Dick Wagner :"Das ist mein Lieblings Tristan!"I first heard this recording on vinyl and that format would be my first choice now, but, to me this is the Tristan recording that most closely attains the ethereal ideal of this amazing work. In my opinion at fifty-seven Flagstad in this performance is still peerless, so don't let the "past her prime" stuff throw you off this choice. Don't let the mono sound deter you either: to me Furtwangler's conception is seamless and maybe the lack of aural dimension in the recording lends to the effect he achieves. Finally don't let the amazingly cheap price deter you: this is a real bargain.5Great fire from LindholmThis set contains four records with two abridged live performances. This is one of the first pirated records to appear with the Swedish dramatic soprano Berit Lindholm. Let us hope that recordings from The Ring conducted by Sir Colin Davis at Covent Garden during the 70's, will appear soon! Meanwhile this Tristan from Amsterdam 1974 fills the gap with its truly amazing dramatic force. You can feel the amazement and tension among the public, crying out their "bravos" at the end of the first act. This is Lindholm's evening and a great one. Totally involved in her part she becomes Isolde and everything catch fire... No Wagnerian or other opera lover can be without these records. The first two CD:s concentrate on the part of Isolde (1974). The performance from 1979 (not with Lindholm, the Isolde here is Roberta Knie) concentrates on the tenor, Spas Wenkoff, who is very good (Lindholms Tristan was Pekka Nuotio, he is acceptable). Miss Knie is a reliable Isolde, but not quite in the Lindholm class. Conductors: Gielen is very good, Vonk acceptable. The 5 stars are for the 1974 recording. Four stars for the later version. The sound is good. At last some words from the small textbook, written by Paul Korenhof: "Wagner's score was fully released in the performance of the Swedish soprano Berit Lindholm. Her Isolde combined a surprising youthfulness with a slimline radiant voice that was far-removed from the monumental Wagner sopranos of the past, buth which nonetheless provided a performance of remarkable musicality. The rest of the cast was universally impressive...."5
Tristan Und Isolde

Tristan Und Isolde

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