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Opera Arias & Duets [Import]

R. Wagner Audio CD

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1. Dich, teure Halle, grŘ▀ ich wieder (Elisabeth's Greeting)
2. Act II - Johohoe! Johohoe! (Senta's Ballad)
3. Act II - Wie aus der Ferne
4. Act I - Einsam in trŘben Tagen (Elsa's Dream)
5. War es so schmńhlich
6. Deinen leichten Sinn la▀ dich denn leiten
7. Du zeugtest ein edles Geschlecht
8. Leb wohl, du kŘhnes, herrliches Kind! (Wotan's Farewell)
9. Loge, h÷r! Lausche hieher! (Magic Fire Music)
10. Mild und leise (Liebestod)

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island Disc March 16 2008
By Trevor Noonan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am always sceptical of EMI's 'Great Recordings of the Century' series. I dislike the way old recordings are repackaged etc; does the buying public really need this. I really don't like the tinkering around with old artwork that more often than not is really beautiful in its original form. I am often suspicious that EMI are simply trying to market old second rate recordings. I continue to be dubious about so-called remastering of recordings!

However in the case of this recording EMI have scored a triumph. This is truly a desert island recording that was long unavailable until the Testament label released it. And now EMI have resurrected it. There are very interesting notes included about how Walter Legge never managed to pull off his 'Ring' project, all the pity when we hear his 'Die Walkure' Act III Scene 3 here where Brunnhilde pleads with Wotan for pity before being put to sleep on her rock surrounded by a ring of fire. The combination of an electric Philharmonia Orchestra with Hotter and Nilsson both in incredible form make this a stunning insight into what could have been the definitive Ring.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Johohoe! Johohoe!" in mono - WHY?! Oct. 25 2008
By SwissDave - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is essentially a reprise of Testament SBT 1201, with "Mild und leise" from Tristan und Isolde as a bonus, BUT with "Johohoe! Johohoe!" from Der fliegende Holländer Act II in mono (it's in glorious stereo on the Testament disc - orchestra and chorus sound comparatively congested in mono). The transfer is at a higher level on EMI GROC and there is less tape hiss. Other than that it's a toss-up as to which sounds better. Since "Mild und leise" may be the weak link here anyhow, I would recommend shelling out the extra dough and buy the Testament release. Having said that, the main two items (the must-have items, so to speak) "Wie aus der Ferne" from Der Fliegende Holländer Act II, and Scene 3 from Die Walküre Act III sound great in either release.

Greetings from Switzerland, David.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two legends in a famous '50s Wagner recital March 18 2008
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
All Wagner lovers will swoon. In 1958 the incomparable Birgit Nilsson was a more tender interpreter than she would become even a few years on, and Hans Hotter's voice, though it still shows some unsteadiness at loudest volume, was at the height of warmth and expressivity. When the two singers collaborated on the main items here -- the love duet from Fliegende Hollander and the whole of Act 3, scene 3 from Die Walkure -- a classic recording was created. Now we have it reissued in exemplary sound, leaving vast admiration in its wake touched with melancholy that we will never hear its like again.

On her own Nilsson sings three popular excerpts: Elisabeth's Greeting from Tannhauser, Senta's Ballade from Fliegende Hollander, Elsa's Dream from Lohengrin, and the Liebestod from Tristan. In her younger, pre-Brunnhilde days I believe she sang all three roles onstage. Needless to say, she makes glorious sounds and attacks every line with authority. (Unless my ears deceive me, Senta's aria is in mono; the rest is obviously in stereo.)

Ecstasy may be the automatic response to this reissue, but I wish that Otto Klemperer had been on the podium, a true master in Wagner rather than the limp, marginally serviceable Leopold Ludwig. The only reason I can think of for EMI keeping this CD out of circulation for so long is him.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a cautionary note Jan. 18 2009
By Clifford Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It is a WONDERFUL recording but enthusiasts should note that there is only ONE track on the second CD which lasts for a little over seven minutes. With two CD's it seemed such a marvellous buy, but when the second CD repeatedly stopped after the first track I thought there must be something wrong with the disc and nearly wrote to Amazon. My foolishness maybe.....but nevertheless a disappointment and something which might have been made clear in the product description.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best recordings ever made Sept. 17 2011
By Dag Kyndel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The partnership here between the veteran Hotter and the young Nilsson is unsurpassable. It is already a legend among records and my definitive desert island disc. Especially wonderful is the duet from Der fliegende Holländer. Its make you feel being in Paradise...
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