Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Tristan und Isolde - Covent Garden 1937 (Melchior, Flagstad, Beecham cond.)

  1. #1
    Senior Member amfortas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    2,870
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Tristan und Isolde - Covent Garden 1937 (Melchior, Flagstad, Beecham cond.)

    I would appreciate some help on this. I'm thinking of buying the Immortal Performances restoration of the famous 1937 Beecham Tristan with Melchior and Flagstad. It's very tempting, but the price is a bit steep for me, and while the performance is available online, I haven't found any samples from this particular edition.

    Any of you have this set, or any of the other recent Immortal Performances releases? If so, can you comment on the sound quality, or how much of an improvement it represents over other editions of early live recordings?

    Thanks!

    Alan

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Posts
    288
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I can't offer any help but I'm thinking about ordering it, too. Google told me to look here, I hope someone will comment on this..

  3. #3
    New Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2021
    Posts
    2
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Immortal performances beecham tristan

    If you want this performance - and what Wagnerian doesn't? - do not hesitate. This is perhaps the only adequate transfer of the 1937 Covent Garden TRISTAN, and it's far more than merely adequate. The pitch is dead-on; the "cracks" in certain sides have been repaired, without mucking up the sound; the ambience is stronger than in any other transfer of this performance.
    And you get two complete Act IIs ! This is a more passionate performance than the 1936 Reiner Covent Garden TRISTAN, great as that one is. Finally, this is one of Beecham's greatest performances ANYTHING - and that includes the 1937 MAGIC FLUTE, the 1956 LA BOHEME, and the live 1948 VILLAGE ROMEO & JULIET.





    Quote Originally Posted by amfortas View Post
    I would appreciate some help on this. I'm thinking of buying the Immortal Performances restoration of the famous 1937 Beecham Tristan with Melchior and Flagstad. It's very tempting, but the price is a bit steep for me, and while the performance is available online, I haven't found any samples from this particular edition.

    Any of you have this set, or any of the other recent Immortal Performances releases? If so, can you comment on the sound quality, or how much of an improvement it represents over other editions of early live recordings?

    Thanks!


  4. Likes gvn, amfortas liked this post
  5. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Posts
    350
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Farrington View Post
    If you want this performance - and what Wagnerian doesn't? - do not hesitate. This is perhaps the only adequate transfer of the 1937 Covent Garden TRISTAN, and it's far more than merely adequate. The pitch is dead-on; the "cracks" in certain sides have been repaired, without mucking up the sound; the ambience is stronger than in any other transfer of this performance.
    And you get two complete Act IIs ! This is a more passionate performance than the 1936 Reiner Covent Garden TRISTAN, great as that one is. Finally, this is one of Beecham's greatest performances ANYTHING - and that includes the 1937 MAGIC FLUTE, the 1956 LA BOHEME, and the live 1948 VILLAGE ROMEO & JULIET.
    Strong agreement with those comments. I've collected each of the successive CD releases of this performance (including the mismanaged EMI set that jumbled bits of Beecham & Reiner together), and to my ears the Immortal Performances transfer is far superior to the others, for precisely the reasons that Mark Farrington mentions. The greater accuracy of the pitching, and the greater body & presence of the sound, are particularly striking.

    As it happens, my wife and I revisited both the Reiner (Naxos) and Beecham (Immortal Performances) sets in succession only a few months ago. Fully agree that the Reiner is in itself a great performance, with an incisiveness that made us reflect that the performance was contemporary with neoclassical Stravinsky. Fully agree, too, that the Beecham is more passionate, with more depth & breadth of emotional involvement. Moving from one to the other is like moving from a superb black & white photo to one in full color.

    What a wonderful thing it is to be able to have seats today at two such performances recorded 80+ years ago!

  6. Likes amfortas liked this post

Similar Threads

  1. Tristan, Isolde, and You
    By Couchie in forum Opera
    Replies: 49
    Last Post: Apr-13-2019, 04:39
  2. Replies: 9
    Last Post: Feb-06-2018, 12:19
  3. Tristan & Isolde
    By wagner4evr in forum Opera
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: Feb-25-2017, 19:26
  4. Flagstad and Melchior in Gotterdammerung
    By bigshot in forum Opera
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: Nov-20-2013, 12:35
  5. Replies: 26
    Last Post: Jul-11-2011, 00:45

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •