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Helden An Geweihtem Ort - Wagnertenöre In Bayreuth


Release Date: 03/25/2003 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89944   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hermann WinkelmannLeo SlezakErnest Van DyckLillian Nordica,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The book Heroes in a Sacred Place describes in words and pictures the tenors who first appeared in Bayreuth between 1884 and 1914. The goal of the present CD is to do the same acoustically. It is a remarkable phenomenon that in the second half of the 20th century this first, self-contained period of the Wagnerian Festivals, was defamed with almost studied contempt. Especially the "new" Bayreuth went to great lengths to play down the artistic quality of the early festival years to the greatest possible extent. An ossified tradition opposed to every reform: this was how the Wagnerian interpretation of the "old" Bayreuth was portrayed. The term Heldentenor had become almost an insult following the innovations of Wieland Wagner. Unmusical and Read more dumb, fat and slow-moving, monotonously loud and hopelessly outdated: this was the typical description of the singing actors who played the Wagnerian heroes during the reign of Cosima and Siegfried Wagner. In reality, the historical sound documents from the early days of recording technology are nevertheless authentic enough to give the lie to the disdain with which the old Bayreuth heroic tenors are belittled today. Recordings from the early 20th century prove that the vocal abilities of the old heroes were considerably more advanced than their maliciously maligned reputations would suggest. You will now be able to listen to this CD and judge for yourself. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Tannhäuser: Stets soll nur dir mein Lied ertönen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hermann Winkelmann (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Language: German 
2. Siegfried: Nothung! Neidliches Schwert "Forging Song" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Leo Slezak (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1902 
Language: German 
3. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Am stillen Herd by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ernest Van Dyck (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Language: French 
4. Tristan und Isolde: Isolde! Tristan!...O sink' hernieder by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Lillian Nordica (Soprano), Georg Anthes (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  Live  Metropolitan Opera House, New York City 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is presented in excerpted form. 
5. Götterdämmerung: In Leid zu dem Wipfel lauscht' ich hinauf by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ernst Kraus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1912 
Language: German 
6. Tannhäuser: Inbrunst im Herzen "Rome Narrative" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Willi Birrenkoven (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1907 
Language: German 
7. Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Peter Cornelius (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1909 
Language: Danish 
8. Das Rheingold: Jetzt fand ich's! hört was euch fehlt! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Otto Briesemeister (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1907 
Language: German 
9. Lohengrin: Mein lieber Schwan "Lohengrin's Farewell" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Alois Hadwiger (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1912 
Language: German 
10. Die Walküre: Friedmund darf ich nicht heissen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1910 
Language: German 
11. Götterdämmerung: Brünnhilde, heilige Braut (Siegfried's death) by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Erik Schmedes (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1909 
Language: German 
12. Das Rheingold: Wer hälfe mir by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hans Breuer (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Language: German 
13. Tristan und Isolde: O König, das kann ich dir nicht sagen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Carl Burrian (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1911 
Language: German 
14. Lohengrin: Atmest du nicht mit mir by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Charles Dalmorès (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1911 
Language: German 
15. Der fliegende Holländer: Mein Herz voll Treue bis zum Sterben by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Aloys Burgstaller (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1906 
Language: German 
16. Tannhäuser: Dir töne Lob! Die Wunder sei'n gepriesen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Desider Matray (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Language: German 
17. Die Walküre: Siegmund heiss' ich by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Alfred Von Bary (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Language: German 
18. Der fliegende Holländer: Willst jenes Tag's by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Emil Borgmann (Tenor)
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1907 
Language: German 
19. Das Rheingold: Immer ist Undank Loges Lohn by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Heinrich Hensel (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1910 
Language: German 
20. Parsifal: Amfortas! Die Wunde! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Alexander Kirchner (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1914 
Language: German 
21. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Fanget an! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Walter Kirchhoff (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1915 
Language: German 
22. Parsifal: Nur eine Waffe taugt by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Fritz Vogelstrom (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1922 
Language: German 
23. Der fliegende Holländer: Fühlst du den Schmerz by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Frida Leider (Soprano), Carl Günther (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1922 
Language: German 

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