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Wagner: Die Meistersinger

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Disc: 1
1. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Vorspiel - Prelude
2. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act I: Da zu dir der Heiland kam
3. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act I: Verweilt! Ein Wort - ein einzig Wort!
4. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act I: Da war der Ritter ja am rechten Ort!
5. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act I: David! Was stehst?
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Disc: 2
1. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act I: Fanget an! So rief der Lenz in den Wald
2. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act I: Seid Ihr nun fertig?
3. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act I: Halt, Meister! Nicht so geeilt!
4. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act I: Doch wird's wohl jetzt mir kund
5. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act II: Johannistag! Johannistag!
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Disc: 3
1. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act III: Vorspiel - Prelude
2. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act III: Scene 1 - Gleich, Meister! Hier!
3. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act III: Scene 1 - Blumen und Bander seh ich dort?
4. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act III: Scene 1 - Wahn! Wahn! Uberall Wahn!
5. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act III: Scene 1 - Gruss Gott, mein Junker
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Disc: 4
1. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act III: Scene 1 - Die 'selige Morgentraum-Deutweise'
2. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act III: Scene 2 - Sankt Krispin, lobet ihn!
3. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act III: Scene 2 - Als Nurenberg belagert war
4. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act III: Scene 2 - Hungersnot! Hungersnot!
5. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Act III: Scene 2 - Ihr tanzt? Was werden die Meister sagen? 'Lehrbubentanz'
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Cet enregistrement est comme un message d'adieu de Solti à la vie, à la musique. Un symbole riche de sens : Les Maîtres Chanteurs est le seul opéra que le chef d'origine hongroise ait gravé deux fois, à un quart de siècle de distance. En vingt-cinq ans, de l'eau a coulé sous les ponts : Solti a repris goût à l'opéra de Wagner, après l'avoir longtemps tenu à l'écart de son répertoire. Cette version est décantée, musicalement sans reproche, avec ce qu'il faut de vitalité et d'humour. Superbe distribution, qui fera mentir ceux qui jurent leurs grands Dieux que l'interprétation wagnérienne est morte. --Pierre Guillaume

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3.0 out of 5 stars A summary of "Meistersinger" recordings April 8 2001
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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is Wagner's greatest opera. However, there is no definitive recording of it, and at four compact discs, assembling a complete discography in the search for the best recording can be very expensive. I thought I should give my opinion on the best recordings of this masterpiece, because I HAVE assembled five recordings. My opinions are on this page because the two best recordings are NOT available from Amazon.com.
SOLTI (Decca 452 606-2): My opinion is now rather lower than it was at the time of my earlier review; Solti rushes the Prize Song, which is a serious drawback, even with his excellence earlier in the work; Van Dam is severely lacking in both interpretation and voice, Mattila is wholly inadequate next to her predecessors, Heppner (a once-promising tenor whose voice has gone downhill alarmingly quickly) is beautiful of voice but not ideally ardent interpretatively; all of this puts this recording out of the running for top Meistersinger recording, even with superb work from Opie, Lippert, Vermillion, Pape and the Chicago Symphony forces. ***
JOCHUM (DG 415 278-2): For: superb conducting from Jochum, good work from the Berlin Opera forces, a gloriously lyrical Walther from Domingo, moments of breathtaking insight and beauty from Fischer-Dieskau's Sachs, the greatest Beckmesser on record in Hermann, excellent support from Ludwig, Laubenthal, Lagger. Against: the miscast Sachs of Fischer-Dieskau (lack of weight and authority), the blowsy, wobbly Eva of Ligendza, the RIDICULOUS German of Domingo. I still give it four stars thanks to Jochum.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's good April 3 2004
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with this recording. Mattila can sometimes be a problem. She tends to go a bit off pitch and can become a little squally on top. That is not in evidence here. Perhaps the engineers helped her a bit. Perhaps she was just in very good voice. I don't know.
Heppner is, well Heppner. And that's pretty great, in my book. Clearly of the Melchior school, and much better than in the disappointing (at least to me) Met Tristan telecast.
Solti, I think, was more exciting (which is what you go to Solti for, after all) in the earlier recording.
Now, here's the deal. I like the Sawallisch recording better. He is more from the "kappelmeister" school, and less of the "Übermäßiger Stern", if that means anything to you. Heppner is a little freer of spirit, if that makes any sense. And Studer is more interesting than Mattila. I also prefer Weikl here to van Dam. I simply feel its a little late in the game for van Dam. Of course, that's a personal opinion. Isn't that what all music is?
As for the Karajan recordings. I am awed by Karajan's talent. I love his Ring Cycle (except Rheingold). But I think he over refines "Meistersinger" and the undervoiced, overmiked and way over-recorded Kollo is always, at least for me, objectionable. Heppner is much to be preferred, in either recording.
And perhaps one of the recording companies will discover the fabulous American, ROBERT DEAN SMITH, put him in front of a microphone, give him a great conductor and allow him to put to disc the greatest Walther (and Lohengrin and Parsifal and Siegmund) of this generation. Hopefully, soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Meistersinger around!! Jan. 4 2004
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DON'T listen to this cdsullivan. He/She is totally inconsistent in his/her recommendation of Meistersingers. Here, she praises the Kubelik, to quote "he pulls off so well you don't notice what speed they are: you only notice the music." AND "Walther, often the weak link, is here turned into one of the greatest strengths of the opera by Sándor Kónya, a little-recorded Hungarian tenor. He sings here with a youthful ardency that is enormously compelling, and his voice is a radiant outpouring of liquid gold, quite able to match the voice of his Eva in tonal beauty."
But she also wrote a "So you like to buy a Meistersingers guide" in which, she herself said of the Kubelik, "It is sunk by the unacceptable Walther, the orchestra's overbright, string-dominated sound, and Kubelik's at times sluggish tempi."
First she says the tempi is good and Konya is wonderful. Then she turns around and lambasts the tempi & Konya. What kind of reviewer is that.
On the other hand, here she gives the Solti 3 stars, but there she says "Solti's second set ('Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg'), from live Chicago concerts, is more musical but less idiomatic. Every member of the cast offers some of the most solid, beautiful vocalization anywhere in the Meistersinger discography...This will be first choice for many."
Again, totally inconsistent reviews!!
Let me give you a more objective viewpoint. The recording was made from live performances in Chicago's Orchestra Hall in Sep 1995. In the concert performance, the orchestra, soloists and chorus were situated next to each other with little separation. As a result, when Decca's engineers recorded the concert, they would not "separate" the three elements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUBLIME AND PROFOUND
First, I'd like to thank the reviewer below, cdsullivan, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, who took the time and energy and talent to write critiques of every CD set available of... Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2002 by MOVIE MAVEN
3.0 out of 5 stars I would any day go for...
I find it diffecult to see what this recording should have to offer when compared to Kempe with Grummer, Frantz and the Berlin Philharmonic (excellent mono sound) or Karajan's live... Read more
Published on March 12 2001 by Tommy Nielsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite ideal - but nearly
Die Meistersinger has proved an extremely difficult work to record successfully. This recent Solti recording is definitely valuable, despite its flaws, and of the three I have... Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2000 by cdsullivan@massed.net
4.0 out of 5 stars A brief response to Mattila vs. Schock
Madememusica observes that Rudolf Schock in the "venerable" Kempe recording has the "second ugliest" tenor voice on records--with the strictly-from-hunger... Read more
Published on July 26 2000 by Shaun Greenleaf
5.0 out of 5 stars The major trade-off: Rudolf Schock for Karita Mattila
I concur with everything Laon from Sydney stated in his most excellent review--one of the best I've seen on this site--but would like to add a few comments. Read more
Published on April 28 2000 by madamemusico
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a great stereo _Meisteringer_
I'm talking here about Solti's second Meistersinger recording, with Ben Heppner.
This is, I believe, the classic recording of one of the two Wagner operas that has so far not... Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2000 by Laon
5.0 out of 5 stars The basic Wagner Opera.
I reccomend it, specially when your're a little bit festive. Is the masterpiece of Richard Wagner, indeed.
Published on May 23 1999
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