View Poll Results: What's your favorite recording of Das Liebesverbot?

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  • Robert Heger, Großen Symphonie-Orchesters von Radio Wien, 1962

    0 0%
  • Meinhard von Zallinger, Orchester der Radio Beromünster, 1963

    0 0%
  • John Bell, Orchester des Internationalen Jugend-Festspieltreffens, 1972

    0 0%
  • Edward Downes, BBC Northern Orchestra, 1976

    2 28.57%
  • Niksa Bareza, Grazer Oper, 1983

    0 0%
  • Wolfgang Sawallisch, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, 1983

    3 42.86%
  • Sebastian Weigle, Frankfurt Opern- und Museumsorchester, 2012

    1 14.29%
  • I haven't heard it.

    1 14.29%
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Thread: Early Wagner - Favorite recording of Das Liebesverbot: Poll

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    Default Early Wagner - Favorite recording of Das Liebesverbot: Poll

    This is a companion to WildThing’s Wagner polls.

    Das Liebesverbot (1836) – based on Measure for Measure – was performed only once in Wagner’s lifetime. The first night was a disaster; the singers in Magdeburg couldn’t cope with the ambitious demands of a grand opera with lengthy ensemble numbers. The second performance was cancelled before the curtain rose:

    Perfectly aware that my opera had made no impression and left the audience in a complete haze as to what the whole thing was about, I counted nevertheless on the attraction of the very last appearance of our opera-troop to bring me in quite good, nay, large returns; so that I was not to be hindered from demanding the so-called "full" prices for admission. Whether a few seats would have been filled by the commencement of the overture, I can scarcely judge: about a quarter of an hour previously the only people I could see in the stalls were my landlady with her husband, and, strange to relate, a Polish Jew in full costume. I was hoping for an increase notwithstanding, when suddenly the most unheard-of scenes took place behind the wings. The husband of my prima donna (the actress of "Isabella") had fallen upon the second tenor, a very pretty young man who sang my "Claudio," and against whom the offended husband long had nursed a secret grudge. It seems that, having convinced himself of the nature of the audience when he accompanied me to the curtain, the lady's husband deemed the longed-for hour arrived for taking vengeance on his wife's pretender without [18] damage to the theatrical enterprise. Claudio was so badly cuffed and beaten by him, that the unlucky wretch had to escape to the cloak-room with a bleeding face. Isabella was told of it, rushed in despair at her raging husband, and received such blows from him that she fell into convulsions. The uproar in the company soon knew no bounds: sides were taken, for and against, and little lacked of a general free-fight, as it appeared that this unhappy evening was held by all a fit occasion for paying off old scores. So much was certain,—the pair who had suffered from Isabella's husband's love-forbiddal were rendered quite incapable of coming on that night. The regisseur was sent before the curtain, to inform the singularly select company in the auditorium that "on account of unforeseen obstacles" the performance of the opera could not take place.—

    To a further attempt to rehabilitate my work of youth it never came.
    Frankly, it deserves much better. It’s exhilarating in a way few Wagner operas are. It has a brilliant overture in the style of Herold or Auber; dancing rhythms; percussion; lots of big ensembles; and an impressive elaborate multi-section finale. There are lyrically beautiful passages such as Isabella’s aria or her duets with Friedrich and Claudio.

    Recordings on YouTube:
    Sawallisch recording (2’35”): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3KbltQZOaE
    Weigle recording (2’28”): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBAB40dO1xU
    Heger recording (2’01”): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn5AjZqd6ns
    Last edited by Meyerbeer Smith; Mar-23-2017 at 01:48.

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    The only one I ever heard complete is: Wolfgang Sawallisch, Bayerisches Staatsorchester.
    Is that enough to vote?

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    Yeah, Downes is the only one I've heard so I don't feel comfortable voting either.
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    Not much " love" for this work I see.

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    I have the Sawallisch. No clue how that would rank compared to the others. It's the Wagner opera that appeals least too me.

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    I have long known, and very much liked, the overture, from a CD of Wagner selections by Sawallisch. I have only listened to the full opera once, in the Downes performance. Like the other early operas, it is much livelier and bouncy than the later operas. I don't think I can rate the performances, and I cannot even vote for not having heard it. (Downes and Sawallisch seem very similar in the overture. I don't know how that would compare in the full opera.)
    Last edited by JAS; Mar-29-2017 at 16:36.

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