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Der Fliegende Hollander: Comp

Richard Wagner Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. The Flying Dutchman: Ach! wo weilt sie
2. The Flying Dutchman: Senta! Willst du mich verderben?
3. The Flying Dutchman: Nr. 5: Duett: Bleib, Senta!
4. The Flying Dutchman: Auf hohem Felsen lag ich traumend
5. The Flying Dutchman: Nr. 6 Finale: Mein Kind, du siehst mich auf der Schwelle
6. The Flying Dutchman: Arie: Mogst du, mein Kind, den fremden Mann
7. The Flying Dutchman: Duett: Wie aus der Ferne langst ver gangner Zeiten
8. The Flying Dutchman: Wirst du des Vaters Wahl nicht schelten?
9. The Flying Dutchman: Terzett: Verzeiht! Mein Volk halt drauben sich nicht mehr
10. The Flying Dutchman: Nr. 7 Chor und Szene: Steuermann! Lab die Wacht!
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Disc: 2
1. Overture
2. Hojoje! Hojoje! Hollojo! Ho!
3. Lied: Mit Gewitter und Sturm
4. Die Frist ist um
5. He! Holla! Steuermann!
6. Duett: Durch Strum und bosen Wind verschlagen
7. Wie! Hort! ich recht?
8. Sudwind! Sudwind!
9. summ und brumm, du gutes Radchen
10. Du boses Kind! Wenn du nicht spinnst
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James Levine's is a more recent entry in the realm of Dutchman recordings, and sonically the recording is absolutely stunning, with great attention having been paid to the recording process. The casting for this Metropolitan Opera effort is also uniformly first rate, even in the less grateful roles of the hapless Erik, sung by the impressive Ben Heppner, and the scolding nurse, Mary, sung by Birgitta Svendén. Morris's brooding Dutchman is hard to match on any other available recording, and Deborah Voigt is a ravishing Senta. The chorus work is quite good, though not quite as rich as that heard in the Solti/Chicago recording. Overall, Levine does a workmanlike job of conducting these impressive forces, though there are passages in which his tempi seem to drag. This recording is a must for anyone who needs a completely up to date version of Wagner's first major opera. --Christian C. Rix

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A dull affair July 30 2003
By A Customer
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This isn't really a very good recording. Levine's treatment of the music is episodic and, at times, rather lifeless, and he fails to portray both the turmoil on the physical and psychological level.
Morris's voice is drier than usual and his Dutchman cannot be said to be one of his best achievements. Voigt sings beautifully but sounds underpowered as Senta. Above all, she completely misses the passion of the character. Heppner's Eric, by contrast, is one of the best on record.
As there are better recorded versions around, this set is by no means an essential buy.
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This is perhaps the starriest-cast 'Hollander' that one could assemble today, and though the extra degree of intensity may not be as prevalent in this recording when compared to its bretheren, the disc does not at all disappoint. I must admit that I am better equipped to speak on Senta than anything else, as it is my absolutely favorite role in all of opera. Senta operates an unusual place in Wagners ouvre. She is perhaps the most psychologically intense of Wagners heroines, a fact revealed in a look at the roles writing and its murderous tessitura which reveals that this isn't any 'common young spinning maiden'...and please let me say that Deborah Voigts voice does Senta and her plight justice. There is no questioning the contention that Ms. Voigt is one of the best operatic voices singing today. Her fame is well earned. Not in recent memory has such a ravishing voice, with such ample power, been heard. There is very little the woman can NOT sing, and why the Met has been so recalcitrant to grant her her oft-requested 'Macbeth' is beyond me- she IS incredible. Her Senta, it should thus come as no suprise to find, is gorgeous, but on this studio recording (live is another matter altogether) the intensity, indeed, the MANIA, that lurk within this character (so profoundly felt and expressed by her illustrious predecesors Anja Silja and Leonie Rysanek) is barely perceptable behind such waves and waves of gorgeous sound. Sentas madness, her impassioned belief in this her dream, the fulfillment of her destiny, and the shedding of her useless existence, is the heart and soul of the character. One must feel with Senta absolute exhaltation, frenzy even, at the end of this work and the sheer beauty of Voigts performance actually rather mutes this. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dragging Dutchman July 5 2000
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This Dutchman set is only flawed through Levine's tempi, which are a tad slow. Although the overture is grand and the best I have ever heard, his rendition of the spinning chorus and ballad are too slow. After seeing Voigt in Paris in June, she has to be the best Senta I have ever heard and this recording does not do her voice true justice. Heppner is amazing in his delivery and not strained like many tenors. Morris is fantastic! Groves is also great. The men of the chorus fare better than the ladies who sound like old women. If only Levine had been a tad faster in some places...
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Cast! Feb. 5 2000
By James
Format:Audio CD
Morris! Voigt! Rootering! Heppner! Is any further comment needed. There isn't another recording available where the singing is so clear and beautiful. Voigt's voice is so georgeous it gives me goose bumbs. All German tenors should sing like Ben Heppner, He uses an Italianate technique to take this music to a higher level. The same can be said about everyone on this disc. If you want to hear Wagner sung beautifully you must buy this opera recording. The Voigt/Heppner/Morris combo is unsurpassable! Ahh!
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starry skys=smooth sailing... but is that exactly fitting? Aug. 16 2001
By Stephen Lagan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is perhaps the starriest-cast 'Hollander' that one could assemble today, and though the extra degree of intensity may not be as prevalent in this recording when compared to its bretheren, the disc does not at all disappoint. I must admit that I am better equipped to speak on Senta than anything else, as it is my absolutely favorite role in all of opera. Senta operates an unusual place in Wagners ouvre. She is perhaps the most psychologically intense of Wagners heroines, a fact revealed in a look at the roles writing and its murderous tessitura which reveals that this isn't any 'common young spinning maiden'...and please let me say that Deborah Voigts voice does Senta and her plight justice. There is no questioning the contention that Ms. Voigt is one of the best operatic voices singing today. Her fame is well earned. Not in recent memory has such a ravishing voice, with such ample power, been heard. There is very little the woman can NOT sing, and why the Met has been so recalcitrant to grant her her oft-requested 'Macbeth' is beyond me- she IS incredible. Her Senta, it should thus come as no suprise to find, is gorgeous, but on this studio recording (live is another matter altogether) the intensity, indeed, the MANIA, that lurk within this character (so profoundly felt and expressed by her illustrious predecesors Anja Silja and Leonie Rysanek) is barely perceptable behind such waves and waves of gorgeous sound. Sentas madness, her impassioned belief in this her dream, the fulfillment of her destiny, and the shedding of her useless existence, is the heart and soul of the character. One must feel with Senta absolute exhaltation, frenzy even, at the end of this work and the sheer beauty of Voigts performance actually rather mutes this. This is not to say that I feel one must waver away from this performance. Hear it if only to hear one of the most incredible sopranos today partnered with more of her calibre... but by no means accept this recording as the operas recorded zenith... especially in regards to the passion, psychological depth and vitality that rage and brood within this work.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow and Dull but Nice Enough Aug. 26 2004
By Music Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording seems to have been made at the nadir of Levine's fixation on glacial tempos. The result is not more profound or more sublime--it's just dull. The sound is lovely but entirely bereft of any trace of drama. So much so that I'd almost recommend Barenboim's recording--with Eaglen's horrific Senta--just as an antidote. But luckily there are plenty of recordings to go around, so no such choice is necessary. In any event, though, skip this one. The overture, spinning song, ballade, double chorus--they're all pretty, but deadly dull. The choral singing is also pretty unfocused.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A dull affair July 30 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This isn't really a very good recording. Levine's treatment of the music is episodic and, at times, rather lifeless, and he fails to portray both the turmoil on the physical and psychological level.
Morris's voice is drier than usual and his Dutchman cannot be said to be one of his best achievements. Voigt sings beautifully but sounds underpowered as Senta. Above all, she completely misses the passion of the character. Heppner's Eric, by contrast, is one of the best on record.
As there are better recorded versions around, this set is by no means an essential buy.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Cast! Feb. 5 2000
By James - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Morris! Voigt! Rootering! Heppner! Is any further comment needed. There isn't another recording available where the singing is so clear and beautiful. Voigt's voice is so georgeous it gives me goose bumbs. All German tenors should sing like Ben Heppner, He uses an Italianate technique to take this music to a higher level. The same can be said about everyone on this disc. If you want to hear Wagner sung beautifully you must buy this opera recording. The Voigt/Heppner/Morris combo is unsurpassable! Ahh!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dragging Dutchman July 5 2000
By Robert Petersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This Dutchman set is only flawed through Levine's tempi, which are a tad slow. Although the overture is grand and the best I have ever heard, his rendition of the spinning chorus and ballad are too slow. After seeing Voigt in Paris in June, she has to be the best Senta I have ever heard and this recording does not do her voice true justice. Heppner is amazing in his delivery and not strained like many tenors. Morris is fantastic! Groves is also great. The men of the chorus fare better than the ladies who sound like old women. If only Levine had been a tad faster in some places...
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