Magazine article Opera Canada

Die Walkure: Joseph Keilberth, Conductor

Magazine article Opera Canada

Die Walkure: Joseph Keilberth, Conductor

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DIE WALKURE

Joseph Keilberth, conductor

(1955 Bayreuth Festival)

Testament SBT4 1391 (4 CDs)

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SIEGFRIED

Joseph Keilberth, conductor

(1955 Bayreuth Festival)

Testament SBT4 1392 (4 CDs)

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It has long been assumed that John Culshaw's landmark studio recording for Decca was the first Ring recorded in stereo. This, however, was not the case. During the summer of 1955, a largely Decca crew recorded performances of Wieland Wagner's revolutionary post-war production conducted by Joseph Keilberth. Decca used a new six-track stereo mixer, with three microphones strategically placed in Bayreuth's hooded orchestra pit and three suspended above the stage to capture the singers' voices. The results were amazingly good, but Culshaw, who disliked live recordings, sought to suppress the release of these tapes as he was about to begin his own studio recording only three years later. The master tapes have sat, like the Rhine gold, in the depths of Decca's vaults for 50 years, though now Testament has secured rights to release the entire cycle for the first time. …

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