Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg Box set
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Among stereo recordings of Die Meistersinger, I count this as the best, given my nearly 50 years of listening to recordings and attending performances of this opera. There is a rich legacy of mono recordings made from 1938 through 1958 that any lover of Die Meistersinger should investigate (e.g., the early Karl Boehm recordings, Jochum's masterful 1949 performance currently on Walhall, Van Karajan's 1951 Bayreuth performance, Knappertsbusch on DECCA in the early 50s, and Kempe on EMI). Find a copy of this Kubelik/Munich Die Meistersinger, buy it, and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
Of course, there are other great MEISTERSINGERS. I don't know them all but I can honor Kubelik's recording by comparing it to what I DO know:
1) The 1937 Toscanini Salzburg- his last complete Wagner performance and the only one ever recorded, and something unforgettable to all who were THERE. It was recorded by NBC via "Selenophone" (basically a movie soundtrack, minus the "visual"), and we can now hear it in at least passable sound - but only on the ultra-expensive, now deleted Andante set.
2) The 1944 Vienna Bohm - with very good "early tape" sound, great ensemble, rich-creamy playing from the Vienna Philharmonic, and an almost perfect cast- but marred by an excrementally bad "Walther" (whose name, out of Hans Sachsian charity, I will omit). Bohm's later live and studio MEISTERSINGERs have nowhere near the same kind of spirit. (Here I should mention Bohm's fabled Dresden MEISTERSINGER Act III, recorded by British HMV in August 1938 - the last significant, commercial pre-war Wagner recording. Acts 1 & II were planned as well, but the war intervened.Read more ›
For my money MEISTERSINGER is almost always much better live. Especially the live recordings from Bayreuth in the late 1950s and early 1960s: the 1960 Knappertsbusch performance with Josef Greindl (as Sachs) and Wolfgang Windgassen, the 1957 performance under Cluytens with Gustav Neidlinger and Walter Geissler, and the 1964 Keilberth rendition with Otto Wiener and Jess Thomas (and Hans Hotter as Pogner) are my favorites, true desert-island MEISTERSINGERs.
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BRILLIANT recording of my favorite Wagner opera!! Agreed with the reviewers who gave this 5 stars replete with praise. Read morePublished 14 days ago by J
The performance, the singers, the sound quality of the recording are absolutely stunning. Most likely it is the most outstanding recording of this opera. Highly recommended.Published 5 months ago by Mikhail Titov
Beautifully recorded. Cast outstanding ! My favorite rendition of this Wagner favorite! Product arrived in perfect condition and I was very pleased with the prompt servicePublished on October 14, 2013 by David W. Olson
Esta version de Meistersinger de Wagner supera todas las otras versiones disponibles, es inexplicable como quedó relegada por años hasta que finalmente salió a... Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by Nicolas Luis
Simply put,this is a great Meistersinger.
Vocally here are no weak links and Kubelik gets the tempi just about right. Read more
I concur with nearly everyone that this is probably the most satisfying Meistersinger overall and the sonics, so far ahead of their time, are extremely impressive. Read morePublished on January 12, 2011 by Gustav Mahler
Bought this recording and the Sawallisch/Heppner recording after reading reviews..Maybe it's me..but I find the latter boring and this recording full of life...Published on December 28, 2010 by L. Polgar
All has already been said; this is the Meistersinger for all time.....none can compare with this gem of a performance and recording! Don't hesitate to purchase.Published on July 7, 2010 by Gary P. Smith