- Audio CD (April 20, 1999)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Melodram
- ASIN: B00000IMIN
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander (Flying Dutchman) / Knappertsbusch, Uhde, Varnay, Windgassen, et al
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Knappertsbusch's conducting is very different from most Wagner interpreters we hear on record. During his lifetime he was sometimes considered a genius and sometimes an old-fashioned bore. Generally he takes much slower tempi than other conductors, and quite often his performances are a bit messy. In this case, he brings new and ingenious insights to the drama through his broad tempi and insightful mastery of the score. For those not used to his conducting but familiar with the opera, this recording may sound all wrong. It may seem far too slow sometimes - especially in comparison to other versions - but in my opinion what he does is wonderful. For those familiar with and appreciative of Knappertsbusch, this recording will certainly raise a smile of respect and pleasure at the greatness of his approach. It's definitely worth listening to just to see aspects of the music which are usually hidden.
Astrid Varnay was one of the great Wagner sopranos of the past century. Her prominence at Bayreuth from its first opening after the war is noteworthy: for a decade she was the star soprano of that festival, and her recordings of Brunnhilde from that period are cherished by record collectors. Her approach to the role of Senta is characteristically insightful, and she gives some of the most beautiful singing I've ever heard in this role.Read more ›
This is the best performance by Hermann Uhde in any role I've ever heard, although his Rheingold Wotan (Keilberth, 1952) and Telramund are almost as good. Unlike George London, who tends to overawe and unlike Fischer-Dieskau, who tends to whine, Hermann Uhde manages to be forceful without losing sympathy for his suffering. I wish someone would release one of his performances of Amfortas.
Astrid Varnay audibly had to hold back her white-hot vocal steel to keep poor fragile Senta from overwhelming everyone. She could have done anything that night.
Knappertsbusch conducted thoughtfully, with respect for the drama. Some of the choral numbers seemed slow but most of the time he remembered that it's not PARSIFAL and kept it moving. Strong, mutually-resonsive ensemble singing by the soloists makes this a standard-setting performance for me.
this was the premiere of the 1955 bayreuth festival, the first performance of "dutchman" at postwar bayreuth. No wonder the performance is electrifying.
Knappertsbusch was a notoriously lazy conductor, but there's nothing lackadasical about his conducting here. He gets it right from the very beginning: one can almost see the sails of the dutchman's ship going up with the ascending bass line in the beginning of the overture..absolutely thrilling in this performance.
Knappertsbusch's overall "big-boned" approach to this opera makes dutchman seem just as important and mature a work that wagner ever wrote, kna treats it as if it were as refined and as great a work as meistersinger or tristan. Fabulous.
First voices we hear are of the incomparable bayreuth chorus. They need no introduction, though some balances between choruses in the long third act choral scene aren't the greatest and sometimes the voices get lost, but it is certainly great choral singing.
Ludwig Weber was getting to be an old man, but he's still the best Daland I've ever heard. Never has there been a greater voice in this role. Hermann Uhde's dutchman and Astrid varnay's Senta are just as incredible, Uhde haunting and Varnay poised on lifting the dutchman's curse.
I haven't heard Schorr in "die frist is um," but Uhde is quite amazing here, truly sounding like someone who hadn't been on land for seven years: out of touch, wretched, and definitely rough-edged.
The smaller roles of Mary and the Steersman are taken by elisabeth schärtel and josef traxel, respectively and are sung very well.
Last, but not least, is Wolfgang windgassen as the tormented Erik.Read more ›
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This live Flying Dutchman from the 1955 Bayreuth season -- the same one that produced Keilberth's celebrated Ring cycle -- is almost too famous to comment upon. Read morePublished on June 21, 2009 by Santa Fe Listener
I must admit that "The Flying Dutchman" has never been my favourite Wagner opera.
However, this recording of the 1950's actually changed my impression of the... Read more