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Karl Böhm, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Richard Wagner: Tristano e Isotta / Tristan und Isolde (1987)

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Karl Böhm, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Richard Wagner: Tristano e Isotta / Tristan und Isolde (1987)

Karl Böhm, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Richard Wagner: Tristano e Isotta / Tristan und Isolde (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.04 Gb | Total time: 219:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Frequenz | # 051.051 | Recorded: 1966

When we turn to live recordings, we enter another world, one in which the performances have, on the whole, a greater consistency of thought and execution. That applies in spades to the famous Bayreuth set of 1966. Karl Böhm's swift, incandescent, very theatrical interpretation isn't to everyone's liking. Yet, for all the fast speeds, the charge of superficiality is misplaced. Böhm's direct, cogently thought through reading, in which tempo relationships, inner figures (as one might expect from a Mozart and Strauss specialist), and instrumental detail are all carefully exposed and related to each other, offers rich rewards. Expressive intensity is here married ideally to a transparency of texture.

James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2005)

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James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2005)

James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2005)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 189 min | 4,24+7,00 Gb (DVD5+DVD9)
Classical | Label: TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1982

This production of Mozart’s Zauberflöte received enormous and unanimous approval, when it was premiered in Salzburg. The Theatre wizard Jean-Pierre Ponnellecreated a staging which became part and parcel of the festival programme for over nine years and soon acquired the status of a legend. Of course, none of that would have had the same appeal if it had not been in accord with Mozart’s music, performed with perfect blend of lightness and pathos, humour and profundity, by James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; nor would it all have worked without a truly Festival-worthy cast of singers: the Finnish bass Martti Talvela, who departed way too soon in 1989, in his famous role as Sarastro, the incomparable Edita Gruberová as “the best-ever Queen of the Night” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the legendary Tamino Peter Schreier as well as the petite, lyrical soprano Ileana Cotrubas˛ as Pamina. Further, Christian Boesch, who sang the role of his life with Papageno, was credited most for his performance in this legendary Zauberflöte.

Karl Bohm, Orchester der Bayerischen Staatsoper - Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (2005/1980)

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Karl Bohm, Orchester der Bayerischen Staatsoper - Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (2005/1980)

Karl Böhm, Orchester der Bayerischen Staatsoper - Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (2005/1980)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.48 Gb (DVD9) | 146 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

“One of Böhm's last operatic assignments, he accompanies his fine cast with huge wisdom. Gruberova and Talvela are outstanding. August Everding's production, adventurous for 1980, is now a delight to look at” (BBC Music Magazine). “the performance has a winning glow, with an excellent cast of soloists. Edita Gruberova as Konstanze is at her freshest…[Grist's Blonde] is a charming and characterful assumption, most of all when confronting the powerful Osmin of Martii Tavela” (Penguin Guide).