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Tristan Und Isolde Comp Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00005NW0D
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,487 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
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
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Disc: 2
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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Disc: 3
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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Disc: 4
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
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It's not surprising that this sublime performance of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde has remained on the market for so long: Wilhelm Furtwängler's reading of the tale with Ludwig Suthaus, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Kirsten Flagstad is probably definitive. The conductor is peerless at achieving a strong sense of direction throughout the epic length. Carlos Kleiber's controversial version with the Dresden State Orchestra might boast orchestral fireworks (abetted by modern recording technology), but if you're looking for a Tristan in which the singing takes center stage, this is the recording to buy. Newly remastered with Abbey Road Technology as part of EMI's Great Recordings of the Century series. --Joshua Cody

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It seems to me that most of the negative reviews of this recording come from people that see "Tristan und Isole" as a drama in the narrower sense of the word, i.e., a progression of events designed to milk out as much passion, sensuality, etc., as is conceivable. If this is what you desire out of a "Tristan" recording, you can buy Bohm's fine stereo set, which is very theatrical in this sense. On the other hand, if you desire a deeper satisfaction, if you want to be enlightened as well as entertained, then this set is unsurpassed, beyond compare. As observed in Richard Osborne's excellent liner notes, Furtwangler thought that 99% of the people that heard "Tristan" came away with the completely wrong notion of it. It ISN'T about two people who fall madly in love with each other, and die because of intolerance, it is about two people who, through love, reach a higher state of existence, whose souls become one, and, with death, leave the false Day for the true Night of blissful nonexistence (note: I am not recommending that anyone take this step; that is the reason why there must be a drama on these topics, because one shouldn't try them out in real life). Looking at the recording from this perspective, it could not conceivably be any better. From first note to last, Furtwangler realises musically the soul state of Tristan and Isolde, showing their progression from the suffering of desire to the bliss of renunciation: hearing the Liebestod on this recording for the first time was one of the most moving experiences of my life thus far. Flagstad also works wonders: many people complain of her matronly, un-sexed interpretation of the role of Isolde, but her combined insight and passion fit perfectly with what I feel the drama is really about.Read more ›
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A word on behalf of the cast of this legendary recording. Obviously the team of Flagstad and Furtwangler are the ultimate selling point, however.....
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.
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By A Customer on Oct. 9 2003
After a long road of learning to appreciate this opera, I finally found this version with Flagstad, a legendary Isolde. I was moved beyond measure. I really care less that "another great German soprano" sang a couple of high C's for her in the great second act duet. Two notes a role does not make. This is a thrilling performance, and the conducting is sublime. The opera moves constantly forward, never lingering too long on any one thought or feeling (or any one measure, either). The opera is very much alive, and very moving.
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.
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I have heard many versions of Tristan & Isolde, including Karajan's 70's version (also on EMI), Bohm's, Barenboims etc. But this recording is in a different league. It is the emotional involvement that sells it for me. These are superb artists and to add to their superlative vocal ability they truly inhabit their characters.
Flagstad has an emotional vulnerability in her vocal portrayal that gives her the clear edge in characterisation over Nilsson in the Bohm recording. Flagstad also has more tonal beauty. But I must give a word to Suthaus. He is underrated. I agree with Furtwangler. He had a very high opinion of Suthaus. Suthaus is excellent. I certainly prefer him to Melchior, (in the historical 30's recording), especially in Act III, where Melchior's emotional histrionics claim far too much attention from the musical experience as a whole.
It may be a mono recording, (a fine one indeed),but it leaves the other stereo/digital recordings standing. A legendary set. Buy it. Hearing this performance is a genuine priviledge. Thank you all concerned.
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