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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Highlights)
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Highlights) (Decca 442 8288)
SKU: 10145
AU $8.95

Label: Decca Cat. No.: 442 8288 Medium: CD No. Discs: 1
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Sir Georg Solti's reading of Tristan und Isolde is one of the most thrilling experiences of this opera on record, moving from becalmed to frenzied. The prominence of the orchestral playing - and what playing from the Vienna Philharmonic - is explained by producer John Culshaw as being very clearly indicated in the score by Wagner, when he wanted the orchestra to engulf the voices. The substantial scenes from all three acts - here expertly extracted from an opera that is hard to 'excerpt' at the best of times - are bonused with two brief rehearsal extracts from the recording.

"Nilsson's gleaming voice was in its prime in 1960 and she sings Isolde with tireless concentration and an appreciable feeling for the various aspects of the part-frustration and revenge in Act 1, love's delirium in Act 2 and the elevation of the Liebestod" - Gramophone.

"knife-edged dramatic tension ... Birgit Nilsson responds superbly to Solti's direction ... Fritz Uhl is a really musical Heldentenor... the Kurwenal of Tom Krause and the King Marke of Arnold van Mill are both excellent ... The production has the usual Decca/Culshaw imaginative touch, and the recording matches brilliance and clarity with satisfying coordination and richness" *** The Penguin Guide to Opera on Compact Discs

A Decca Eloquence CD.

Artists: Theodor Kirschbichler (bass), Peter Klein (tenor), Ernst Kozub (tenor), Tom Krause (baritone), Arnold van Mill (bass), Birgit Nilsson (soprano), Regina Resnik (mezzo-soprano), Fritz Uhl (tenor).
Composers: Wagner.
Conductors: Sir Georg Solti.
Orchestras: Wiener Philharmoniker.
RICHARD WAGNER (1813-1883)
Tristan und Isolde

Act One
Einleitung (Prelude)
Herrn Trisstan bringe meinen Gruß
Isolde, Kurwenal, Brangane





Act Two
O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe
Tristan, Isolde 
Einsam wachend in der Nacht
Brangane, Isolde, Tristan 
Unsre Liebe? Tristans Liebe?
Tristan, Isolde 
So starben wir, um ungetrennt
Tristan, Isolde, Brangane 
Der ode Tag sum Letztenmal! ... Das sollst du, Herr, mir sagen ...
Mir dies? Dies, Tristan, mir?
Tristan, Melot, Marke 


Act Three
Kurwenal! Hor! Ein zweites Schiff
Shepherd, Kurwenal, Steersman, Brangane, Melot, Marke 
Mild und leise (Liebestod)

Bonus Tracks
Sir Georg Solti rehearses Wagner's Tristan und Isolde
Narrated by John Culshaw, executive producer
Discussion: Sir Georg Solti, Regina Resnik & crew
Brangane's Call, Act 2 Rehearsal: Sir Georg Solti, Regina Resnik,
Birgit Nilsson, Fritz Uhl; Wiener Philharmoniker
King Marke
A Shepherd
A Steersman
  Birgit Nilsson
Fritz Uhl
Regina Resnik
Tom Krause
Arnold van Mill
Ernst Kozub
Peter Klein
Theodor Kirschbichler
Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde
(chorus master: Reinhold Schmidt)
Wiener Philharmoniker
Sir Georg Solti
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 1
SKU #: 10145
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 442 8288
Price: AU $8.95   

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