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

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  • 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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    We are lucky to have Sawallisch, as a digital recording.

    SixFootScowl, you have to hear Kubelik though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ulfilas View Post
    We are lucky to have Sawallisch, as a digital recording.

    SixFootScowl, you have to hear Kubelik though!
    I'm not surprised the Kubelik is the winner. Although I agree that the Sawallisch is the best of the digital recordings and possibly has the best sound of all the sets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    I'm not surprised the Kubelik is the winner. Although I agree that the Sawallisch is the best of the digital recordings and possibly has the best sound of all the sets.

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    The digital competition isn't great! I think Sawallisch is better than most of the analogue sets, too.

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    Kubelik is a must for all Meistersinger fans.
    Great conducting and the best cast.
    Luckily since it's so expensive right now, it's on youtube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEn5RJdj208
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

    "Man does not live by bread alone......"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Kubelik is a must for all Meistersinger fans.
    Great conducting and the best cast.
    Luckily since it's so expensive right now, it's on youtube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEn5RJdj208
    $16.95 as a download from Opera Depot. If Andy's still doing CDs it’s $28.95.
    "...it is said that first your heart sings, then you play. I think if it is not like that, then it is only just combination of notes, isn't it? " - Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Master of the Sitar.

    ‘When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!‘

    ‘It will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end!’

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    $16.95 as a download from Opera Depot. If Andy's still doing CDs it’s $28.95.
    Yes, I believe he is still doing CDs. I just got some in the mail last week.

    By the way, how does the sound quality of Opera Depot's Kubelik Meistersinger​ compare to the sound quality of the other releases of it?
    Last edited by adriesba; Oct-13-2020 at 16:45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adriesba View Post
    Yes, I believe he is still doing CDs. I just got some in the mail last week.

    By the way, how does the sound quality of Opera Depot's Kubelik Meistersinger​ compare to the sound quality of the other releases of it?
    I have both so I’ll compare and report back.
    "...it is said that first your heart sings, then you play. I think if it is not like that, then it is only just combination of notes, isn't it? " - Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Master of the Sitar.

    ‘When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!‘

    ‘It will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end!’

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    I have both so I’ll compare and report back.
    I didn't realize the official Arts issue is out of print, that's a real pity. Hopefully it reappears soon, that's a Top 5 Desert Island Wagner recording!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    I have both so I’ll compare and report back.
    Did you figure out whether one sounds better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adriesba View Post
    Did you figure out whether one sounds better?
    Not yet Adriesba. I’ll try to do a quick comparison over the next day or so, honest!
    "...it is said that first your heart sings, then you play. I think if it is not like that, then it is only just combination of notes, isn't it? " - Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Master of the Sitar.

    ‘When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!‘

    ‘It will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end!’

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    I've been listening to a lot of Meistersinger recordings on YouTube. Some I gave up fairly quickly, some I listened to extensively and even the whole opera several times. I'll straight away dismiss Jochum, Bohm, Sawallisch, Solti and Karajan except for his 1974 BPO radio broadcast, which is excellent, and maybe his 1951 with Schwarzkopf.

    Next, which Knappertsbusch recordings? I dismiss the two usual Bayreuth ones as being over-theatrical and even a bit shouty in places. Hard to choose between his 1951 Vienna and his 1955 Bavarian, and I like both, but I'll go with the 1951 which is close to a top choice. Not the greatest sound, but it's quite smooth.

    Most of the historical recordings are in poor sound, though some are quite clear, so I won't go there. I do, however, like the Abendroth 1943. Honourable mention then goes to Reiner 1955, Kempe 1951, Kubelik 1967, Cluytens 1957.

    So my top choices?
    Kempe 1956 - no surprise here. Wonderful singing and conducting and a thoroughly musical performance with plenty of humanity.
    Video version: Honourable mention to Met/Levine and VPO Gatti. Both very good musically. Top choice you may find surprising, but it's the 2017 Bayreuth with Jordan. This is just thoroughly musical all through, well sung and conducted and gives a lot of listening pleasure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    Not yet Adriesba. I’ll try to do a quick comparison over the next day or so, honest!
    Can’t hear any significant difference between the two. You could safely get the Opera Depot version and I wouldn’t expect you to be disappointed.
    "...it is said that first your heart sings, then you play. I think if it is not like that, then it is only just combination of notes, isn't it? " - Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Master of the Sitar.

    ‘When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!‘

    ‘It will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end!’

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    Quote Originally Posted by adriesba View Post
    Did you figure out whether one sounds better?
    See post #72.
    "...it is said that first your heart sings, then you play. I think if it is not like that, then it is only just combination of notes, isn't it? " - Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Master of the Sitar.

    ‘When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!‘

    ‘It will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end!’

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    Kubelik´s belongs to heaven.

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    Kubelik, finally a Walther that has no bark, no bite, is not strained, does for this in terms of lyricism what Wunderlich does in other literature. And Janowitz, good lord.
    I would have hoped for more from Solti, Van Dam, Heppner, but it's good, not the equal of Kubelik. Van Dam, as magnificent a singer as he is, seems to be more of a singer husbanding his resources than a character.
    But always hoping for a tenor that does what needs to be done, and that's Konya. Sappy, spring-like singing.

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