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    Quote Originally Posted by howlingfantods View Post
    Can't stomach Modl or Varnay myself.

    Nilsson/Bohm is easily my favorite. Flagstad/Furtwangler is close but I don't know if that counts as "good sound quality" even in the Pristine remaster, the best one I've heard by miles but still a little rough. Hunter is excellent but I do find the language and tempi on the Goodall a little bit of a hindrance.
    Yes, the Bohm recording is very good. Furtwangler is a bit less sound quality than I wanted for my main ring, but I have settled on Levine with Behrens. As for Goodall, yes the language, while helpful at times, also is a hinderence. Listening to it right now in fact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    I don't hear any slow motion, but I do hear a soprano who was not born to sing Brunnhilde. Or to speak German.
    Probably the reason it is only highlights and not a complete cycle. Ha, But Caballe is found on You Tube as Sieglinde. Maybe she is better at that part.
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; Nov-13-2019 at 02:41.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    I don't hear any slow motion, but I do hear a soprano who was not born to sing Brunnhilde. Or to speak German.
    She may not have been born to speak the language (well she was Spanish, after all) but her first professional engagement was in Basel, where Swiss German is the most common language, singing First Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Salome, and then went on to become a member of the company in Bremen. Other early roles included Arabella and the Marschallin, which she sang at Glyndebourne. It was later that she beame a bel canto specialiste.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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