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    Question What are your favorite Wagner recordings......................

    List as many as you like,
    but try to put them in order from your most favorite
    on down.
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    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Hollander-- Solti 96 bit issue
    Tannhauser--Solti
    Lohengrin---tie, Kempe, Solti
    Rheingold-- Solti, Karajan
    Walkure--tie Solti, Karajan
    Siegfried--Solti
    Gotterdammerung--Solti
    Meistersinger-- tie Kubelik, Solti ll
    Tristan-- Bohm
    Parsifal-- Solti

    The live Bohm and Keilberth RINGS are exceptional live recordings.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

    "Life's a long song, but the tune ends too soon for us all." Ian Anderson lyric

    "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

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    My favourite topic

    Meistersinger - Kubelik followed closely by Barenboim @ Bayreuth

    Tristan - Karajan @ Bayreuth (1952) followed closely by Furtwangler

    Parsifal - Knappertsbusch @ Bayreuth 1964 / Goodall @ ROH 1971 (these a tie, common link being the Great Jon Vickers); second choice is Kubelik

    I can't do the Ring - too many variables!! But I will say that IMO Rita Hunter is the most glorious Brunnhilde on record;

    Some others:

    Jonas Kaufmann's rendition of 'Wessendonk Lieder' is exquisite and for purely subjective reasons my favourite recording of that work;

    Toscanini's 'Siegfried Idyll' with the NBC Orchestra ditto - this is sheer pleasure;

    Jon Vickers' Tristan for Karajan, Act III - possibly the greatest singing I have ever heard, but almost unlistenably intense as well.

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    I enjoy the Barenboim as well.

    The Karajan Tristan is on order.

    Waiting for a bearable price on the 64 Parsifal.
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    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

    "Life's a long song, but the tune ends too soon for us all." Ian Anderson lyric

    "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

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    Just one recording for each:

    Der Fliegende Hollaender - Sinopoli
    Tannhauser - Solti
    Lohengrin - Kempe
    Ring - Boehm
    Meistersinger - Solti (the most recent one)
    Tristan - C. Kleiber
    Parsifal - von Karajan

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    I'm pretty much with Itulian except for Tristan, I have a slight preference now for the Barenboim over the Bohm.
    Doch dieses Wörtlein: und, -wär' es zerstört,
    wie anders als mit Isoldes eignem Leben wär' Tristan der Tod gegeben?

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    From what I have or have heard:
    Hollander - Dohnanyi is good but the side break is in the middle of Senta's aria
    Lohengrin - Kempe
    Ring - Krauss or (for a modern recording) Janowski Dresden
    Walkure - Karajan
    Tristan - 1952 Karajan is the greatest performance but limited sonically. His later stereo has the incomparable Vickers but is completely different.
    Bohm is exciting but a bit rushed. Nilsson is fearsome.
    Kleiber is incandescent and has the most she early beautiful Isolde in Price, but Kollo's Tristan and (more especially) D F-D's Kurwenal sound past it.
    Mastersingers - Karajan Dresden for a beautiful stereo version.
    Parsifal - the most distasteful of Wagner's operas but with some ravishing music - Baremboim is good but Karajan better.
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    I'm just starting my Wagner collection and my favorite so far is the Furtwangler Tristan with Kirsten Flagstad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tehzim View Post
    I'm just starting my Wagner collection and my favorite so far is the Furtwangler Tristan with Kirsten Flagstad.
    That is a fairly magnificent starting point!

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    Der Fliengende Holländer - konwitschny Fischer-Dieskau, Schech, Frick, Schock, Wunderlich - wonderful Recording.
    Tannhäuser - konwitschny Hopf Fischer-Dieskau, Grümmer, Frick, Wunderlich another forgotten but VG Recording.
    both of These recordings werde made by the Electrola company in Germany(EMI) as "domestic" releases at the time 1960.
    Both are superb recordings, still sounding fine after more than 50 years. The Holländer can be picked up for pennies and is worth a lot more.
    The Tannhauser is frowned upon in some quarters because of a dislike of Hans Hopf and is also considered a bit old hat as it is the original Dresden version and not the later "sexier" Paris version. Hopf sings very well, and many will know him from the 1960 Kempe Ring at Bayreuth. The rest of the cast is as good as it could be. All would be nominated as "best in role".
    Still available for a very reasonable price.
    Konwitschny died later that same year, aged only 60, the Tannhäuser being released posthumously, also had great success at Covent Garden the previous Autumn conducting the Ring.
    These two releases are well worth looking out for.
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    Der Fliengende Holländer: Sinopoli for the Dutchman. Both Klemperer (live and studio) for Senta. Sawallisch on DVD for the best of all the characters.

    Lohengrin and Meistersinger: Have not picked a favorite.

    Der Ring des Nibelungen: Goodall for sure! As for sung-in-German recordings, I am leaning towards Sawallisch because I do like live performances. I'll need to spend more time with both Sawallisch and Solti though before I can really pick a favorite.
    “Then he will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!'" Matthew 25:41 (Christian Standard Bible)

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    Lohengrin: Solti and Kempe both
    Meistersingers: Karajan
    Flying Dutchman: Klemperer
    Ring: Karajan
    Parsifal: Karajan
    Tristan Und Isolde: Barenboim for Meier's Isolde, Bohm for everything else. I admit that I'm not a huge Tristan fan, I only rise to "liking" of it in the best of circumstances, I don't love this opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Der Ring des Nibelungen: Goodall for sure!
    So you purchased it after all and enjoyed it. Congratulations!
    ... yet for us will still remain the holy German art... (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
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    But since our hearts are small,
    Ordained for each one spot should prove
    Beloved over all.
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