View Poll Results: What's your favorite Tannhäuser?

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  • Barenboim: Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin & Staatskapelle Berlin

    2 5.56%
  • Cluytens: Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra (1955 live recording)

    1 2.78%
  • Elmendorff: Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra (1930 live recording)

    1 2.78%
  • Gerdes: Orchester und Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin

    1 2.78%
  • Keilberth: Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra (1954 live recording)

    0 0%
  • Konwitschny: Berlin State Opera Chorus & Orchestra

    0 0%
  • Leinsdorf: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus (1941 live recording)

    4 11.11%
  • Sawallisch: Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra (1961 live recording)

    1 2.78%
  • Sawallisch: Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra (1962 live recording)

    8 22.22%
  • Sinopoli: Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus of Royal Opera House Covent Garden

    3 8.33%
  • Solti: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus

    13 36.11%
  • Szell: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus (1942 live recording)

    1 2.78%
  • Szell: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus (1954 live recording)

    0 0%
  • Other

    1 2.78%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ulfilas View Post
    I do recommend Primephonic! That's the service I use, much better for finding classical music, also the sound quality is technically better, if that's a concern.

    I found it on both services by searching "Tannhäuser Barenboim"...

    https://play.primephonic.com/album/825646802067
    Ah, I see the problem. I had used the same search parameters you used, but it is unavailable in the US!
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    How about the Janowski Tannhauser on CD? It has Nina Stemme. Is that one good?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    How about the Janowski Tannhauser on CD? It has Nina Stemme. Is that one good?
    That's actually my favourite of Janowski's new series, the only one I ended up buying, but I don't love Robert Dean Smith. Christian Gerhaher is fantastic! Also it sounds wonderful.

    Worth a listen.

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    There is a different Janowski recording with Waltraud Meier but apparently only highlights:
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    Te Pentatone is on the way from ebay. So i'll see soon enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    How about the Janowski Tannhauser on CD? It has Nina Stemme. Is that one good?
    I haven't listened to much of that. Probably should try it, but I'm not crazy about Nina Stemme.
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    Interesting that a favorite recordings poll from another web site in 2014 brought up these top Tannhauser recordings:

    Three tied for first place:

    Sawallisch (1961) Bayreuth Festival Orchestra (2 votes)

    Sinopoli (1988) (2 Votes)

    Haitink (1985) (2 Votes)


    Two tied for second place:

    Gerdes (1968) (1 Vote)

    Solti (1970) (1 Vote)


    This site has opera savvy people so I put a fair amount of weight in their selections, though some consideration of the small number of votes is in order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    Interesting that a favorite recordings poll from another web site in 2014 brought up these top Tannhauser recordings:

    Three tied for first place:

    Sawallisch (1961) Bayreuth Festival Orchestra (2 votes)

    Sinopoli (1988) (2 Votes)

    Haitink (1985) (2 Votes)


    Two tied for second place:

    Gerdes (1968) (1 Vote)

    Solti (1970) (1 Vote)


    This site has opera savvy people so I put a fair amount of weight in their selections, though some consideration of the small number of votes is in order.
    Whilst I agree with this other site when it comes to recordings of Tannhauser, the problem is that each recording is compromised in some way and so there are about five recordings that are all more or less in top place, that means that personal preference is going to play a big part. When you look at operas like Lohengrin (that has two absolute classic recordings on CD that are both perfection) or Meistersinger with the justly famous Kubelik account, the winners are so close to perfect that it would be odd if there wasn't some sort of consensus.

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    Well, it's always best in the end to use your ears. I know Gramophone, American Record Guide and the Ionarts blog all praised the Barenboim on Teldec.

    I find Sinopoli and Haitink very unsatisfying (I've owned both in the past). As I said, I'd go with Barenboim or Solti.

    Re: live recordings, my choice would be Cluytens on Orfeo.

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    If i could only have one, this one. Solti.
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    I am about done with the Haitink set. The Heger set is good, but the Sawallisch set with Janowitx (I think 1972) is my favorite now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    I am about done with the Haitink set. The Heger set is good, but the Sawallisch set with Janowitx (I think 1972) is my favorite now.
    Is that mono or stereo?
    The samples don't sound too good.
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    Does anyone know what this one is like? I'm attracted by Ludwig and Brouwenstijn, but don't really know Beirer well, reveiws seem to be mixed.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wagner-Tann...s%2C179&sr=1-1

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    Does anyone know what this one is like? I'm attracted by Ludwig and Brouwenstijn, but don't really know Beirer well, reveiws seem to be mixed.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wagner-Tann...s%2C179&sr=1-1

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    Does not seem to be any sound clips out there. Here is another review, of course this site gave good review to the Varvsio Meistersinger too.
    http://www.wagnerdiscography.com/rev...n63karajan.htm

    Gets 8 out of 10 rating here:
    https://wagnerdisco.net/audio/tannha...-karajan-wien/
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    Act 3 of the Karajan is on YouTube:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPj0AICRE-U

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