- Audio CD (Feb 1 2004)
- Number of Discs: 4
- Format: Original recording remastered, Import
- Label: EMI Classics
- ASIN: B00005NW0D
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
|1. Act I: Prld - Wilhelm Furtwangler|
|2. Act I, Scene 1: Westwarts Schweift Der Blick|
|3. Act I, Scene 1: Brangane, Du? Sag - Wo Sind Wir?|
|4. Act I, Scene 1: O Weh! Ach! Ach, Des Ubels, Das Ich Geahnt!|
|5. Act I, Scene 2: Frisch Weht Der Wind Der Heimat Zu - Rudolf Schock|
See all 23 tracks on this disc
|1. Act I, Scene 5: War Morold Dir So Wert|
|2. Act I, Scene 5: Ho! He! Ha! Am Obermast Die Segel Ein!|
|3. Act I, Scene 5: Du Horst Den Rut?|
|4. Act I, Scene 5: Auf Das Tau! Anker Los!|
|5. Act I, Scene 5: Tristan!...Isolde!|
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|1. Act II, Scene 2: Doch Unsre Liebe|
|2. Act II, Scene 2: So Sturben Wir, Un Ungetrennt|
|3. Act II, Scene 2: Habet Acht! Habet Acht!|
|4. Act II, Scene 2: O Ew'ge Nacht, Susse nacht!|
|5. Act II, Scene 3: Rette Dich, Tristan! - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau|
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|1. Act III, Scene 1: Noch Iosch Das Licht Nicht Aus - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau|
|2. Act III, Scene 1: Mein Kurwenal, Du Trauter Freund! - Ludwig Suthaus|
|3. Act III, Scene 1: Shepherd's Pipe Song/Noch Ist Kein Schiff Zu Sehn! - Wilhelm Furtwangler|
|4. Act III, Scene 1: Nein! Ach Nein! So Heisst Sie Nicht! - Ludwig Suthaus|
|5. Act III, Scene 1: Der Trank! Der Trank! Der Furchtbare Trank! - Ludwig Suthaus|
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Suthaus has a most attractive masculine heldentenor voice. His is the best of any other Tristan on the market. His tone is more beautiful than Jon Vickers (compare them by listening to the EMI Karajan stereo set). As for complaints that he is strained, his duets with Flagstad are masterful and his performance in Act III is amazing, very moving without being course or histrionic. The end of Act II sound's just as it should, given his charater's waves of erotic and romantic emotion. He lives his role perfectly and has a powerful voice that matches his heroines artistically.
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's portrayal of a youthful Kurwenal is of the highest artistic order. I say no more.
Many criticise Blanche Thebom. However, she is never less than highly competent in the role of Brangane. She is a perfect foil for Flagstad's incomparable Isolde. This is a significant role. One that in the wrong hands can threaten to dominate and rival rather than balance with the female lead. Thebom sounds what her role is, a servant of Isolde's, not her rival. Her voice is not unattractive, and suits her role perfectly. Artistically she serves Flagstad, with just enough edginess in her voice to denote her character's wary nervous tension.
Greindl sounds just right as the mature monarch cuckolded by his trophy wife. He sound's angry in Act II, just as his character should. There are prettier voiced interpretations. But his voice perfectly suits the drama.
I am amazed by reviews that overlook the considerable achievement everyone concerned put into this recording. The casting may have been expeditious, but it gave us performances that are dramatically compelling. It is legendary because everybody gave of their considerable best, and tuly inhabited their roles.
Wagner wrote a music-drama. This set represents a perfect blend of both. Buy this set and you will not be disappointed by anyone of the cast.
Of all the recordings of this opera out there, this is by far the very best. EMI was wise to use it in its famous works series. The sound is lush, but one never hears the incredible sound one listens to in the Decca Ring conducted by Solti. EMI never was able to record sound with as much depth and with the fullest of frequency that Decca was able to do. That depth of frequency in recording does much for Wagner. However, that is a very little thing when the whole is considered. This recording is lush, wonderful, and moving. The sound is very full, and the singers are balanced with the orchestra and not recorded too closely.
This is a must buy for anyone wanting this opera in their collection. It is well worth the price.