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This is not to say that I feel one must waver away from this performance.
And even worse this set has a bigger fault of a Dutchman with no strength or personality whatsoever as well as his dry voice and swooping and scooping into notes.
Levine's shaping of the score is formless and lifeless, lacking in any sense of drive or momentum, sounding pratically comatose in slow and/or quiet sections.
I wanted to like this recording. But Levine's tempi are not what I expected. I don't think anyone, on this one, wont admit this is slow reading. The cast is good. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Marc Musnick
The performances are dull and sluggish, but worst of all are technical aspects of the recording itself. Read morePublished 12 months ago by JMinSF
From the opening bars you can tell (IF you have a knowledge of Wagner and this opera) that this recording is going nowhere. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Col William Russell
I really wanted to like this recording when I bought it because I was, at the time anyway, fond of the cast of singers. Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by pekinman
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra gives out a spectacular performance, creating enormous power and precision. Read morePublished on August 22, 2006 by Eric S. Kim