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    Live recording, released Oct. 13 2019.
    Samples at Presto.

    But it is above all a work of staggering beauty, of love unfulfilled, where singers and orchestra come together in some of the most sublime music ever written. “Life and death, the whole import and existence of the outer world,” wrote Wagner himself, “here hang on nothing but the inner movements of the soul.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    Live recording, released Oct. 13 2019.
    Samples at Presto.
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    Whole thing on Spotify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    Whole thing on Spotify.
    Great I'll Bluetooth it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    Live recording, released Oct. 13 2019.
    Samples at Presto.

    But it is above all a work of staggering beauty, of love unfulfilled, where singers and orchestra come together in some of the most sublime music ever written. “Life and death, the whole import and existence of the outer world,” wrote Wagner himself, “here hang on nothing but the inner movements of the soul.”
    But it is above all a work on 3 CDs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    But it is above all a work on 3 CDs!
    Ah, but are the Acts complete on each disc?!
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    Presto Classical says this is a live performance from August of 2018. They tell us that it features "a remarkable cast of singers" and that, according to someone, Gun-Brit Barkman's Isolde is "thrilling" and "a revelation."

    Having listened to the samples, I conclude that the only thing it's a revelation of is that Wagner singing is dead. A useless release, except perhaps as fodder (as if more were needed) for This Is Opera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    Presto Classical says this is a live performance from August of 2018. They tell us that it features "a remarkable cast of singers" and that, according to someone, Gun-Brit Barkman's Isolde is "thrilling" and "a revelation."

    Having listened to the samples, I conclude that the only thing it's a revelation of is that Wagner singing is dead. A useless release, except perhaps as fodder (as if more were needed) for This Is Opera.
    Ouch. Only thing I can say is that I have often been led astray by the samples. However, you probably have a far better perception from small clips than I ever will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Ouch. Only thing I can say is that I have often been led astray by the samples. However, you probably have a far better perception from small clips than I ever will.
    I'm just listening to the calibre of the voices. Maybe they all try really hard and give a "good" performance, but I don't care to find out. The "thrilling" Isolde sounds particularly lackluster - she may have started out as a pleasant lyric soprano and got pushed into trying to fill the dramatic soprano vacuum - and the Kurwenal and Marke bellow wobbily in the modern manner. There are better singers on any number of older recordings - nearly all of them, I'm guessing. Tristan is an opera that really ought to be left on the shelf unless there are singers substantially up to it. It's a fairly grisly business when there aren't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    I'm just listening to the calibre of the voices. Maybe they all try really hard and give a "good" performance, but I don't care to find out. The "thrilling" Isolde sounds particularly lackluster - she may have started out as a pleasant lyric soprano and got pushed into trying to fill the dramatic soprano vacuum - and the Kurwenal and Marke bellow wobbily in the modern manner. There are better singers on any number of older recordings - nearly all of them, I'm guessing.
    I listened to an hour or so of excerpts this morning, and must largely agree. The Brangaene is pretty good, but the rest of the cast isn't. I heard Barkmin sing Chrysothemis opposite Goerke's Elektra with the BSO a couple of years back, and it was mostly screaming. It is clearly a voice too light for Isolde. She and Skelton don't do too badly in some of the softer music, but any time that they have to sing over more heavily orchestrated stuff, they're in deep trouble. I started with "War Morold dir so wert" and thought that it wasn't that bad, but after they drink the potion, it gets very ugly very quickly.

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