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    Question Your favorite Meistersinger recording? (what a masterpiece)

    Another in my top 5. love this opera. which versions do i have to own and why?

    i'll tell my favorite later.
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    While there is an array of formidable recordings, I often find myself gravitating back toward this one...

    Thomas Stewart
    Sandor Konya
    Gundula Janowitz
    Thomas Hemsley
    Brigitte Fassbaender
    Gerhard Unger
    Franz Crass
    Bavarian Radio Symphony & Chorus/Rafael Kubelík
    1967

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    Quote Originally Posted by BalloinMaschera View Post
    While there is an array of formidable recordings, I often find myself gravitating back toward this one...

    Thomas Stewart
    Sandor Konya
    Gundula Janowitz
    Thomas Hemsley
    Brigitte Fassbaender
    Gerhard Unger
    Franz Crass
    Bavarian Radio Symphony & Chorus/Rafael Kubelík
    1967
    I'm hoping to get that one someday, I've heard it's great.

    Another studio recording from the previous decade that I enjoy greatly is this one:

    Ferdinand Frantz (Hans Sachs), Rudolf Schock (Walther von Stolzing), Elisabeth Grümmer (Eva), Benno Kusche (Sixtus Beckmesser), Gottlob Frick (Veit Pogner, Gerhard Unger (David), Marga Höffgen (Magdalene), Gustav Neidlinger (Fritz Kothner), Horst Wilhelm (Kunz Vogelgesang), Walter Stoll (Konrad Nachtigall), Manfred Schmidt (Balthasar Zorn), Leoplod Clam (Ulrich Eisslinger), Herold Kraus (Augustin Moser), Robert Koffmane (Hermann Ortel), Anton Metternich (Hans Schwarz), Hanns Pick (Hans Foltz), Hermann Prey (Nachtwächter)

    Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin, Chor der St Hedwigs-Kathedral Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Rudolf Kempe (conductor)

    Mono recording, 1956. No longer available on EMI (I think), but Arkivmusic sells their custom-burn licensed release, and it's available at download sites as well.

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    there are 2 complete on youtube that are excellent, Abendroth and Furtwangler.

    i think the youtuber is Beyreuthathon or close to that.

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    Nobody sings final aria like Rene Kollo on Karajan's recording, even Kollo on Solti's recording. Too bad that the recording as a whole if far from perfection of main character.

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    Domingo is superb on the Jochum.

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    Paul Schoeffler / Karl Donch / Hilde Guden / Gunther Treptow
    Vienna State Opera Chorus / Wiener Philharmoniker
    Hans Knappertsbusch
    (1950-51)

    Link: http://public-domain-archive.com/cla...g&album_no=534

    Also, a thorough review of the Meistersinger dioscography:
    http://www.operacast.com/meisters.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by itywltmt View Post


    Paul Schoeffler / Karl Donch / Hilde Guden / Gunther Treptow
    Vienna State Opera Chorus / Wiener Philharmoniker
    Hans Knappertsbusch
    (1950-51)

    Link: http://public-domain-archive.com/cla...g&album_no=534

    Also, a thorough review of the Meistersinger dioscography:
    http://www.operacast.com/meisters.htm

    thank you!

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    listening to Abendroth right now and it's excellent.

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    I know that in many quarters, a critical consensus has gravitated towards the Kubelik interpretation-- but my VERY favorite Meistersinger recording is the Grammy-winning, Penguin Guide top rated set by Solti and the Chicago S.O.

    I can also listen with pleasure to the Sawallisch-Bavarian Orchestra recording... And (if memory serves) you can get this one at a bargain price, if you're willing to pick up the "libretto-free" version of this set.
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    ok, my favorite is the Jochum dgg, with the great Domingo performance and wonderful conducting of EJ. I'm not put off by DFD's Sachs. Some scenes I like him, some not so much.But the recording, as a whole, is, I think, wonderful.

    i like the Karajan mono and the Abendroth mono,too.

    anything with Kollo is out, just don't like him.

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    I know, old thread, but it is a short thread and a good place for me to start my quest.
    First, I have only one Meistersinger on CD and so it currently is my favorite
    (and also shares several singers with my one DVD):



    However I have been salivating over this one (because I expect Janowitz to be superb),
    but it is very expensive:



    And then this one looks interesting (for Christa Ludwig),
    but I have not done a thorough job of researching Meistersingers:



    Someone predicted that I was going to go on a run with Meistersingers!
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    I love all 3.

    Spectacular sound on the Solti.
    DFD and Domingo heavenly.
    Stewart, Janowitz great singing.

    love em all
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    The blu-ray from Glyndebourne is excellent on all counts.

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    Well I ended up getting this one for my second Meistersinger:
    “The media’s the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent look guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the mind of the masses.”
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