View Poll Results: What's your favorite Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg?

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  • Barenboim: Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra (1999 live recording)

    0 0%
  • Furtwängler: Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra (1943 live recording)

    0 0%
  • Goodall: Sadlers Wells Chorus & Sadlers Wells Opera Orchestra (in English)

    0 0%
  • Haitink: Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House (1997 live recording)

    2 4.08%
  • Jochum; Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus, Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra

    0 0%
  • Karajan: Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra (1951 live recording)

    2 4.08%
  • Karajan: Staatskapelle Dresden, Leipzig Radio Chorus

    4 8.16%
  • Kempe: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus

    5 10.20%
  • Knappertsbusch: Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra (1960 live recording)

    6 12.24%
  • Kubelik: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Chorus

    19 38.78%
  • Reiner: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus (1953 live recording)

    0 0%
  • Sawallisch: Bavarian State Orchestra, Bavarian State Opera Chorus

    2 4.08%
  • Solti: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus

    4 8.16%
  • Solti: Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (1995 live recording)

    1 2.04%
  • Other

    4 8.16%
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentio View Post
    I recently got interested in this opera.

    Who is the most rounded Hans Sachs in terms of vocal and psychological (I don't mind live performance and 78rpm)? Schorr, Hotter, Adam, Stewart etc.?
    Schorr and Hotter, absolutely. Also Paul Schöffler and Norman Bailey. There are several other good ones as well, but those are probably my favorites.

    Who is the most convincing Eva? I did a quick sampling on Youtube and found the young Schwarzkopf and Grummer stand out.
    You've hit on two of the best, though I might give a slight edge to Schwarzkopf as the best overall interpretation. I'd also add Elisabeth Schumann and Lisa Della Casa. Gundula Janowitz and Karita Mattila are perhaps just a notch below.
    Last edited by Faustian; Nov-04-2017 at 11:00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentio View Post
    Who is the most rounded Hans Sachs in terms of vocal and psychological (I don't mind live performance and 78rpm)? Schorr, Hotter, Adam, Stewart etc.?
    Schorr and Hotter, although Hans Hermann Nissen had the better voice for the part.

    [/QUOTE]Who is the most convincing Eva? I did a quick sampling on Youtube and found the young Schwarzkopf and Grummer stand out.[/QUOTE]

    Grümmer is my favorite by far, followed by Donath, Della Casa, and Güden.

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    I am really liking this one that is not on the poll list.
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    How do you find Otto Wiener as Sachs? He has few admirers on this forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    How do you find Otto Wiener as Sachs? He has few admirers on this forum.
    Not the richest voice. Really does not get the true character of Sachs. The recording is otherwise quite nice, but I am looking to the Sawallisch set for perhaps my main set. It is ordered. No the wait.
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    It arrived and I like it a lot. I think it is better than the Keilberth set I posted above. So, for now this is my favorite:
    'To do good whenever one can, to love liberty above all else, never to deny the truth, even though it be before the throne.' --Ludwig van Beethoven

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    ^^^ I just noticed that when FK posted the large pix of Sawallisch CD set under the name Richard Wagner is not a decorative scroll but a crude drawing of a shoe to reference the wise cobbler Sachs, I didn't realize that he was making shoes for the munchkins......

    Last edited by DarkAngel; Nov-14-2017 at 16:35.

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    Well what do you know. I thought I gave this to the library, but I guess ii didn't.
    Will give it another listen tonight!

    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Well what do you know. I thought I gave this to the library, but I guess ii didn't.
    Will give it another listen tonight!

    So, how was it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    So, how was it?
    It's pretty good.
    The singers are all good and it's conducted well.
    Sound is good. Not a bad Meister.
    A little on the light side.
    I'll listen to it now and then.
    Last edited by Itullian; Sep-23-2020 at 23:18.
    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

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    I am really getting into Meistersinger now. Have listened to nothing else for probably a week now. Love it. I think it is now up at the top with Hollander and the Ring. What an awesome opera! I am listening to Sawallisch and really am not finding any better (in Allumusic sound clips), not even Kubelik. I would grab a Kubelik if the price were right, but so far they are all expensive. But Sawallisch is a very fine performance. I heard there is a LOT of humor in this opera, most of which is lost in the translation. so sad. Maybe I need to learn German.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    I am really getting into Meistersinger now. Have listened to nothing else for probably a week now. Love it. I think it is now up at the top with Hollander and the Ring. What an awesome opera! I am listening to Sawallisch and really am not finding any better (in Allumusic sound clips), not even Kubelik. I would grab a Kubelik if the price were right, but so far they are all expensive. But Sawallisch is a very fine performance. I heard there is a LOT of humor in this opera, most of which is lost in the translation. so sad. Maybe I need to learn German.
    That's one place where I found Met's somewhat simplified subtitles accompanied by stage action useful. Its humour and wit really became evident to me. It's a marvellous opera!

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    Meister is like fine wine, it gets better with age.
    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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    I thought about sampling that Janowski Meistersinger but it is really pricey. Seems all those janowski Wagner recordings in that style of packing are very expensive. But tonight is another go-around with the Sawallisch Meistersinger and I have no complaints. A fine recording and my favorite Meistersinger so far.
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    Sampling around I found this one, which seems like a very good recording, but again pricey. What is it about Meistersinger that the used copies are all so expensive?
    'To do good whenever one can, to love liberty above all else, never to deny the truth, even though it be before the throne.' --Ludwig van Beethoven

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