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Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander

Magazine article Gramophone

Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander

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Wagner                                                        [H] [G] Der fliegende Hollander George London bass-bar                                      Hollander Leonie Rysanek sop                                              Senta Josef Greindl bass                                             Daland Fritz Uhl ten                                                    Erik Res Fischer contr                                                Mary Georg Paskuda ten                                           Steersman 

Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Wolfgang Sawallisch Orfeo mono (M) (2) C9361821 (127 * ADD) Broadcast performance, August 5, 1959

Clearly one of Wieland Wagner's great New Bayreuth nights. Orfeo is to be congratulated on putting it out despite the longtime catalogue success of a Philips release with some different principals from two years later. Inspired by Wieland's punky Brechtian new production of the opera, Sawallisch--rapidly becoming his chiefs favourite 'Italian' (ie lighter and quicker) Wagner maestro--returned to as much detail of Wagner's original Dresden score as was then known about. And played it in three distinct acts even more to give the lie to Cosima's fabrication of the interval-less music drama she claimed Wagner had always wanted. So out went the 'redemption' Tristan ending to the Overture and Act 3, in come all the tremolandos that frightened Berlioz and the blast of brass as Senta reacts to the Dutchman's arrival. …

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