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Truly superb Walkuere,
This review is from: Wagner: Die Walküre (Audio CD)
In the wake of the hugely more expensive Keilberth recording I would urge prospective buyers to consider this 1994 recording taken from Bayreuth. Tomlinson and Barenboim alone make this one worth buying: Tomlinson for his supremely penetrating, considered interpretation of Wotan, and Barenboim for creating a living and breathing atmosphere for the singers to be a part of. Dame Anne Evans sings with stunning purity, suggesting a warm and womanly figure, and yet with clean and penetrating tone, for all its natural beauty. Other cast members all excel: Poul Elming far superior to his counterparts on any other recent cycle, Nadine Secunde a sympathetic and dramatically convincing Sieglinde, and Matthias Hoelle yet another in the strong tradition of dark and rich German basses. I must also devote a special mention to the Fricka of Linda Finnie! Wonderfully and confidentally sung, her characterization is completely convincing, and provides a convincing foil for Tomlinson in the second act dialogue.
All in all, a wonderful achievement.
P.S. The sound is fantastic, too!