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Birgit Nilsson Sings Wagner [Import]

Brigit Nilsson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (August 2, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Eloquence Australia
  • ASIN: B0058U80ZY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Birgit Nilsson. Richard Wagner. It was an operatic marriage made in heaven that lasted for over twenty years and, thanks to recordings, continues to thrill music lovers around the world. She sang her first Wagnerian part in Stockholm. It was Senta in Der fliegende Holl nder. It was greeted rapturously and throughout her long career it was for her Wagner and Strauss roles that she was most noted. Many of the greatest recordings of music dramas and operas by these composers have featured her, and many appear on Decca. However, she also made two Wagner records for Philips - one with Leif Segerstam in 1974 of extended scenes from Walk re and Parsifal, another, in 1972, with Colin Davis of the Wesendonck-Lieder and extracts from Der fliegende Holl nder, Rienzi and the little-known early Wagner opera, Die Feen (The Fairies). Also included are scenes from Tristan und Isolde, one of her great calling cards and of which she made one studio recording with Georg Solti, and another of scenes (with Grace Hoffman as Brang ne) with Hans Knappertsbusch.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Nilsson August 30, 2011
These two CD:s are a compilation of three LP:s, one from Decca with Knappertsbush that was made just after Nilsson's sensational debut as Isolde at the MET and perhaps before Decca had decided to go on with their complete recording with Solti. The rest consists of two complete LP:s from Philips, published in the early Seventies The first, conducted by Sir Colin Davis was awarded "Grand Prix du disque lyrique". Here Nilsson sings the Wesendoncklieder with great inner feeling and serene beauty. Then follows Senta's ballad in a powerful reading and - a little less interesting - two arias from Rienzi and Die Feen. The second Philips record, conducted by Leif Segerstam and with Helge Brilioth in very good form as the respective heroes presents the complete final scene between Siegmund and Sieglinde from Die Walküre - and - the best and most interesting of all - a long sequence from Parsifal, 38 minutes. By some reason Nilsson never sang Kundry on stage, but she seems deeply involved and it is a breathtaking performance. Need I say more?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good compilation of valuable historic recordings. April 3, 2013
The two discs represent a compilation of at least 3 LPs of the great Wagnerian soprano Birgit Nilsson.
While quite a number of recordings were made when La Nilsson was already into her sixties, the voice was still luminous and still maintained considerable power with a good sound focus. These are those amazing qualities of probably the greatest Wagnerian soprano of the second half of the 20th century after Kirsten Flagstad that followed Nilsson right into the latter part of her illustrious and miraculous operatic career: the excerpts from Parsifal, Rienzi, Lie Feen and the Wesendonck Lieders are taken from LPs recorded in the early 1970's. The Tristan und Isolde excerpts much earlier, in 1959. Some where in between are the Hollander and Die Walkure excerpts.
The collection is interesting as well as valuable. It would of course be even better if the Otrud excerpts could be included.
As it is, the digital transfer done in recent years to those LPs made several decades ago represent a state-of-the-art reproduction of the great artistry of Nilsson.
In this year of commemoration of Wagner, nothing would be more befitting than grabbing this illustrious collection.
Great value indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always Nilsson June 3, 2013
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I bought this masterpiece because I loved the only one Nilsson, I had many of her CDs, Dvds, and this Cd had some unusual recordings like Parsifal, Rienzi and Die Feen, dont miss it. I played it again and again, and I always love it more and more.
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