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    Post Wagner opera on disc.......Tannhauser

    Two parts to this one.

    What's your favorite recording?

    And do you prefer the original or Pars revision?
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Paris. This one:

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    Solti. Paris. But there are some other likely candidates.
    Remember that the lesser of two evils is still evil

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    I have Solti's Paris revision. Tremendously exciting especially as the work is a bit crude in places

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    The Solti recording and my only one.

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    I like the wild bacchanale to set the lustful mood for venusburg, so Paris version for me..........




    61 Bayreuth - Sawallisch

    Grace Bumbry a natural fit for Venus while also being becoming first afro-american to sing Bayreuth, Vicky DLA a rare wagner role but another inspired match as Elisabeth......the men all do a great job and latest Orfeo CD release ups the game a bit

    Last edited by DarkAngel; Oct-05-2017 at 18:51.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post




    61 Bayreuth - Sawallisch

    Bumbry a natural for Venus while also being becoming first afro-american to sing Bayreuth, Vicky DLA a rare wagner role but another inspired match as Elisabeth......the men all do a great job and latest Orfeo CD release ups the game a bit

    The 1961 Bayreuth is probably my favorite, too. The 1962 is in much better sound, but it has Silja instead of VdlA.

    In theory, I prefer the Paris version, but I don't really like either recording. The Sinopoli is the better of the two, IMO; Christa Ludwig aside, the Solti is one of his more poorly cast Wagner recordings.

    And every Wagner collection needs a recording with Melchior in the title role. The role is a killer, and only Melchior really does it justice among the complete recordings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    And every Wagner collection needs a recording with Melchior in the title role. The role is a killer, and only Melchior really does it justice among the complete recordings.
    I'd definitely recommend the 1936 with Bodanzky over the 1942 Szell for a Melchior recording. I don't much like Bodanzky's ways with Wagner but he's better than usual here. The sound is pretty rough though. But Szell sounds bored, just going through the motions, and the sound isn't much better there.

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    Difficult toss up between Bayreuth 61 and Sinopoli. I'd probably go for Sinopoli.

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    Difficult toss up between Bayreuth 61 and Sinopoli. I'd probably go for Sinopoli.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    Difficult toss up between Bayreuth 61 and Sinopoli. I'd probably go for Sinopoli.

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    Anyone prefer the original version like me?

    I can't wait for the Venusburg music to end.

    Which one do you like?
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    Solti for me too, very closely followed by Haitink for Lucia Popp.
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    Melchior/Flagstad/Leinsdorf Met 1941.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Solti for me too, very closely followed by Haitink for Lucia Popp.
    If only they'd found a better Tannhäuser...

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