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  • Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander [The Flying Dutchman] [COMPLETE RECORDING] (Leonie Rysanek, George London, Karl Liebl, Giorgio Tozzi, Richard Lewis, Rosalind Elias; Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Antal Dorati)
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Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander [The Flying Dutchman] [COMPLETE RECORDING] (Leonie Rysanek, George London, Karl Liebl, Giorgio Tozzi, Richard Lewis, Rosalind Elias; Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Antal Dorati) Import


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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 1961
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B003FCH044
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Decca 028946073827; 2 CD's; Here is the classic Decca studio recording with the classic early 1960's cast: London, Rysanek, Liebl, Lewis, Elias, and Tozzi! Everyone is in excellent, strong voice, and Dorati leads a brisk, powerful performance. This performance ranks among the best recorded versions of "Der Fliegende Hollander." Recorded in August 1961 in London. "The Penguin Guide To Opera" says that "Dorati, with rhythms well sprung, draws strong and alert playing from his Covent Garden forces in a consistently purposeful performance. . . .The well-spread recording is full and atmospheric. . . . George London's Dutchman brings one of his most powerful performances on disc, occasionally rough-toned but positive. Leonie Rysanek may sound too mature for Senta, but as a great Wagnerian she brings a commanding presence and the most persuasive sense of line. There is no weak link in the rest of the cast, well set up at the start by the characterful Richard Lewis as the Steersman."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Having listened to quite a few of late, I have come to the conclusion that a really good, satisfying recording of Wagner's first real masterpiece is hard to find. If you are prepared to tolerate decent mono sound, the classic live 1955 Keilberth recording from Bayreuth is self-recommending in that it features the superbly vocalised, deeply anguished Dutchman of the great Hermann Uhde and a tour de force from Astrid Varnay. He seems to able to sound almost demented without losing tonal beauty and she manages to rein in her Brünnhilde soprano to give us a mystical Senta who really does sound as if she already has one foot in another world, but some of the supporting cast are less impressive and an audiophile won't be happy. The greatest Dutchman on record would be Hans Hotter in his prime in a 1944 Munich studio broadcast but Viorica Ursuleac's treacly soprano is not to all tastes and the sound, while perfectly tolerable for its age and provenance, is of course primitive.

If you are seeking a stereo recording, things get trickier, as none really leaps out as the best option. I discount two that some swear by as I am no great fan of either Fischer Dieskau or Theo Adam, but I do very much like Anja Silja's febrile Senta which is heard to advantage in what I would suggest is the best alternative to this Dorati set: a youthful, more energised Wolfgang Sawallisch in 1961 with the rich-voiced Franz Crass, an aging, but characterful, Josef Greindl as Daland and an otherwise indifferent cast.

The weakness in the set under review is the rather uncertain conducting of Antal Dorati.
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Purchased this Dutchman as I once owned it on LP. Although I own other CD's, this opera has singers that are awesome and I just wished to hear it once again.
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