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    There is a Walkure from Covent Garden in 1961 conducted by Solti on Testament which has been raved about by some critics. Here's a less enthused review:

    http://www.theguardian.com/music/201...e-solti-review

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    DA,
    Never mind. I had a listen over at Presto and the sound is not good.
    oh well.

    We have good ones for now
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    There is a Walkure from Covent Garden in 1961 conducted by Solti on Testament which has been raved about by some critics. Here's a less enthused review:

    http://www.theguardian.com/music/201...e-solti-review
    Never mind. I had a listen over at Presto and the sound is not good.
    oh well.
    We have good ones for now
    Maybe Alanmcf here knows about the 1959 Konwitschny Ring, he seems to have several ROH covent garden wagner performances.

    I also did do my due diligence and checked Presto UK for sound samples and from those the sound is not as good as the 57/58 Walhall Knappy (Bayreuth) for sure

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    Here are Wagner historical recording you should consider:

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    Der Fliegende Hollander
    New York -- December 30, 1950; Hans Hotter, Astrid Varnay, Set Svanholm, Sven Nilsson, Thomas Hayward, Hertha Glaz; Fritz Reiner

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    Lohengrin
    Bayreuth 1953- Windgassen, Steber, Varnay, Uhde, Keilberth

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    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    Toscanini, Salzburg 1937

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    Bayrueth 1943-Paul Schoffler, Friedrich Dalberg , Erich Kunz , Hilde Scheppan ,Ludwig Suthaus and Abendroth
    for 7.99 for the download at

    http://www.amazon.com/Meistersinger-...qid=1431284902

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eramirez156 View Post
    Here are Wagner historical recording you should consider:


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    Lohengrin
    Bayreuth 1953- Windgassen, Steber, Varnay, Uhde, Keilberth
    Thanks for those picks, we have been talking about the super cheap ZYX label for Wagner and that whenever you see one at Amazon you just buy it because it will be a great performance.......that is how I got that 1953 Keilberth Lohengrin, geat version!


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    My next Wagner purchase will probably be the new Solti next month. I may pick up a few more choice tid bits in the meantime though budget allowing
    '58 Knappy?
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    My next Wagner purchase will probably be the new Solti next month. I may pick up a few more choice tid bits in the meantime though budget allowing
    '58 Knappy?
    I can help you spend a few dollars......

    The 1952 Karajan Tristan from Bayreuth is incredibly great with very good sound, I like this better than the famous Furtwangler Flagstadt Tristan.......yes it is that good!

    There is a version on Walhall eternity but very expensive now (old version on opera d oro), there is a newer remaster for very cheap ($8 Amazon) that sounds great, again excellent sound highly recommended







    I like this much better than the 1959 Karajan La Scala Tristan, and the sound is far superior!
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    The 52 Bayreuth Karajan has good sound DA?
    I've heard it's not good
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Speaking of Karajan Bayreuth, have you heard the 1951 act 3 of Walkure?

    There is no complete 1951 Walkure I can find, only this segment and you know how great Varnay is at this time as Brunhilde, like the 1952 Tristan remaster the sound engineers have given us amazing sound (sounds like I am exaggerating but it really is amazing) You can get this for a few dollars used at Amazon...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    The 52 Bayreuth Karajan has good sound DA?
    I've heard it's not good
    I just listened today, the new remaster is very very good sound (better than opera d oro)......


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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    I just listened today, the new remaster is very very good sound (better than opera d oro)......

    OK, Ordering.
    And one Act per disc too
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    How about Furty's studio Walkure?
    Worth getting?
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    How about Furty's studio Walkure?
    Worth getting?
    Absolutely worth getting.......WP orchestra in studio sound, yes yes yessssssssss

    You can get the old EMI packaging with large booklet and slipcase or cheap new ZYX release........




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    My two favorite Dutchies now, 1959 Sawallisch and 1955 Knappy. I am listening to extended segments of the Knappy version on the Varnay 10CD boxset......6 of the CDs are wagner only, lots of great stuff also some things to look for but I can't find elsewhere


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    And Knappy '58?
    Still worth getting?
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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