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Tannhauser Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ov - Orch Der Staatsoper Berlin/Franz Konwitsxhny
  2. Act One, Scene One: Naht Euch Dem Strande! - Chor Der Staatsoper Berlin/Karl Schmidt
  3. Act One, Scene Two: Geliebter, Sag Wo Weilt Dein Sinn? - Marianne Schech/Hans Hopf/Chor Der Staatsoper Berlin/Karl Schmidt
  4. Act One, Scene Two: Dir Tone Lob! - Marianne Schech/Hans Hopf/Chor Der Staatsoper Berlin/Karl Schmidt
  5. Act One, Scene Two: Geliebter, Komm! Sieh Dort Die Grotte - Marianne Schech/Hans Hopf/Chor Der Staatsoper Berlin/Karl Schmidt
  6. Act One, Scene Three: Frau Holda Kam Aus Dem Berg Hervor - Lisa Otto/Hans Hopf/Chor Der Staatsoper Berlin/Karl Schmidt
  7. Act One, Scene Four: Wer Is Dort In Brunstigem Gebete? - Gottlob Frick/Fritz Wunderlich/Rudolf Gonzar/Gerhard Unger/Reiner Suss/Hans Hopf
  8. Act One, Scene Four: Als Du In Kuhnem Sange Uns Bestrittest - Gottlob Frick/Fritz Wunderlich/Rudolf Gonzar/Gerhard Unger/Reiner Suss/Hans Hopf

Disc: 2

  1. Act Two, Scene One: Intro/Dich, Teure Halle, Gruss' Ich Wieder - Orch Der Staatsoper Berlin/Franz Konwitsxhny
  2. Act Two, Scene Two: Dort Ist Sie; Nahe Dich Ihr Ungestort! - Elisabeth Grummer
  3. Act Two, Scene Two: Den Gott Der Liebe Sollst Du Preisen - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Hans Hopf/Elisabeth Grummer
  4. Act Two, Scene Three: Dich Treff' Ich Hier In Dieser Halle - Gottlob Frick/Elisabeth Grummer
  5. Act Two, Scene Four: Freudig Begrussen Wir Die Edle Halle - Chor Der Staatsoper Berlin/Karl Schmidt
  6. Act Two, Scene Four: Gar Viel Und Schon Ward Hier In Dieser Halle - Gottlob Frick/Manfred Koop/Arnold Schremm/Michael Wein/Karl-Heinz Voortmann/Deitrich Fischer...
  7. Act Two, Scene Four: Blick' Ich Umher In Diesem Edlen Kreise - Gottlob Frick/Manfred Koop/Arnold Schremm/Michael Wein/Karl-Heinz Voortmann/Deitrich Fischer...
  8. Act Two, Scene Four: Den Bronnen, Den Uns Wolfram Nannte - Gottlob Frick/Manfred Koop/Arnold Schremm/Michael Wein/Karl-Heinz Voortmann/Deitrich Fischer...
  9. Act Two, Scene Four: Heraus Zum Kampfe Mit Uns Allen! - Gottlob Frick/Manfred Koop/Arnold Schremm/Michael Wein/Karl-Heinz Voortmann/Deitrich Fischer...
  10. Act Two, Scene Four: Was Hor' Ich! - Gottlob Frick/Manfred Koop/Arnold Schremm/Michael Wein/Karl-Heinz Voortmann/Deitrich Fischer...
  11. Act Two, Scene Four: Ein Furchtbares Verbrechen Ward Begangen - Gottlob Frick/Manfred Koop/Arnold Schremm/Michael Wein/Karl-Heinz Voortmann/Deitrich Fischer...

Disc: 3

  1. Act Three, Scene One: Intro - Orch Der Staatsoper Berlin/Franz Konwitschny
  2. Act Three, Scene One: Wohl Wuss' Ich Hier Sie Im Gebet Zu Finden - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Elisabeth Grummer/Chor Der Staatsoper Berlin/Karl Schmidt
  3. Act Three, Scene One: Allmacht'ge Jungfrau, Hor Mein Flehen! - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Elisabeth Grummer/Chor Der Staatsoper Berlin/Karl Schmidt
  4. Act Three, Scene Two: Wie Todesahnung-O Du, Mein Holder Abendstern - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
  5. Act Three, Scene Three: Ich Horte Harfenschlag - Hans Hopf/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Marianne Schech/Fritz Wunderlich/Gerhard Unger/Rudolf Gonszar...
  6. Act Three, Scene Three: Hor An, Wolfram, Hor An! - Hans Hopf/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Marianne Schech/Fritz Wunderlich/Gerhard Unger/Rudolf Gonszar...
  7. Act Three, Scene Three: Ha! Fuhlest Du Nicht Milde Lufte? - Hans Hopf/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Marianne Schech/Fritz Wunderlich/Gerhard Unger/Rudolf Gonszar...
  8. Act Three, Scene Three: Heil! Heil! Der Gnade Wunder Heil! - Hans Hopf/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Marianne Schech/Fritz Wunderlich/Gerhard Unger/Rudolf Gonszar...


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B000002S18
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tannhauser is a surprisingly infrequently recorded opera, and of the studio recordings currently available none are satisfactory. That being said I was thrilled to discover this live recording. I was somewhat dubious of the label, because I had heard bad things about live opera, and this label specifically. Thankfully the low-range price encouraged me to buy it just to try. What good fortune that I did. This recording is sensational. The dramatic plan of Tannhauser allows for the inclusion of four exceptional principals in the parts of Venus, Elisabeth, Tannhauser, and Wolfram, and that's exactly what you get on this recording. Bumbry is a sensual clearly-sung Venus. de Los Angeles' Elisabeth ranks up with Ludwig's Leonora as one of the great righteous soprano performances. Windgassen is an exceptional Tannhauser and the true star of this recording. His musical expression puts the tortured soul of Tannhauser into stark relief. From his tortured cry "O Konigin Gottin lasst mich sein" to his exultant "Mein Heil in Maria" to his final redemption in "Heilige Elisabeth bitte fur mich" Windgassen is the complete character. Fischer-Dieskau does an excellent job as Wolfram, especially in the song to the evening star, perhaps the opera's most recognizable showpiece. A warning, this is a LIVE recording. The sound is not ideal. There are coughs, and stage noises. In some places it even sounds like someone offstage was giving cues to the singers on their next word. When confronting the music however, none of it matters. I continue to listen to this recording with great regularity 6 months after purchasing it. This is truly the Tannhauser to own, and makes me wonder why this opera is so infrequently recorded and staged.
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This is one of those opera plots that makes us low-pitched males wince. In spite of the fact that the stable, sensitive, intelligent baritone is in love with her, and also gets to sing the hit song, the heroine falls for the flashy, unstable, and stupid tenor. Bass-baritones of the world, unite!
This live performance from Bayreuth, 1961, is superbly, subtly conducted and has some great singing. Bumbry is marvellous as Venus, and de los Angeles and Fischer-Dieskau are excellent as Elisabeth and Wolfram. Windgassen as Tannhaeuser is quite good, though he emphasizes the choppiness of the lines that Wagner gives him. (He does not have a lot of competition in the discography.) The minor roles are well done. The recorded sound is very good, though not excellent.
Incidentally, for Amazon's attention, this recording does not come up among the hundred or so that are retrieved when you search with "Wagner" and "Tannhaeuser."
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SOURCE:
1961 live performance from the Bayreuth Festival.

SOUND:
Decent live-recorded mono. Voices and orchestra are fairly evenly balanced. There is some variation in the pick-up of the singers as they roam over the stage, changing their relationships with the microphones, but this serves to provide a certain feel of authenticity to the piece. As I have noted before with regard to live mono recordings, compulsive audiophiles who measure quality by the clarity of the fourth bassoon or the third viola, should turn away right now. This is not for you. You will hear neither here (nor, for that matter, would you be likely to hear them in any real theater or concert hall.) Some not terribly disturbing stage noises are present, as is the occasional voice of a prompter. There are some coughs, but the Bayreuth audience was generally well-disciplined. For those willing to listen to this set with a little goodwill, the sound is perfectly acceptable.

TEXT:
This performance is an amalgam of Wagner's Dresden Version of 1845 and his Paris version of 1861, in essentially the form adopted for the Vienna production of 1875.

FORMAT:
Disk 1: Overture; Act I, tracks 2-13. Disk 2: Act II, tracks 1-18. Disk 3: Act III, tracks 1-12.

DOCUMENTATION:
No libretto. Short essay on the opera. Short summary of the plot by Act. Track listing that identifies the main character singing but does not provide timings.
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Everyone gets to know some of the great melodies contained in this opera. They are amongst Wagner's greatest. Not everyone gets to see it performed, however, so it has become one of those "theatre of the mind" operas that can be enjoyed at home, given a little imagination and one or other of the excellent audio productions issued in recent decades.

This one derives from Berlin in the 1960s. It gives the opera in its original 1845 "Dresden" version. Thus the so-called "Venusburg Music" which Wagner interpolated in 1861 for a Paris production is not here. Those who favour the "don't sew a new patch onto an old wineskin" maxim, will believe that Wagner's original plan to have the overture conclude with a spectacular reprise of the "Pilgrim's Chorus" from the full weight of brass instruments and swirling strings is the better option.

Franz Konwitschny was chosen as conductor for this recording. His long experience in German opera, especially Wagner, and his overall grasp of structure, whether phrasing the delicate woodwind passages before Wolfram's Act 3 aria or balancing the massive forces involved in the Act 2 finale, justify the choice. Insights into the opera's underlying representation of man struggle to choose between conflicting values are glimpsed as Konwitschny shapes the performance. The orchestra and chorus come from the Berlin State Opera, and their work is especially fine.

As for the principal singers, well, there's an array of great German artists here. The matchless Elisabeth Gr'mmer is the Elisabeth. "An angel has come down from the sky," sing the knights and minstrels, and you'll not want to disagree. Matchless also is Gottlob Frick, as her uncle, the Landgraf. His deep bass voice with its gleaming resonance commands attention.
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