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An (abridged) version of Sigfried.
This recording was made in London and Vienna in 1928-1932,
with defferent orchestras/condustors as well as some performers.
Richard Wagner wrote more than epic operas; the four that make up 'The Ring of the Nibelung' cycle are complete stories in and of themselves, but together comprise a vast 16-hour magnum opus. This two-CD abridged version of the third opera in the cycle features historic performances from three orchestras and conductors.
Dating from an early 20th century attempt to record the opera in its entirety, 'Siegfried' proved to be too much for any one of these highly regarded ensembles. Each of the conductors keeps to a single, unified vision, and the style of these selections
maintains a consistent level of dramatic excellence. Also unifying the pieces are the performances of Lauritz Melchior and Florence Easton as Siegfried and Brünhilde, respectively. The early recording quality cannot obscure their delightfully powerful and spirited characterizations. Read less
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Siegfried by Richard Wagner
Rudolf Bockelmann (Baritone),
Friedrich Schorr (Bass Baritone),
Lauritz Melchior (Tenor),
Florence Easton (Soprano),
Maria Olczewska (Mezzo Soprano),
Heinrich Tessmer (Tenor),
Nora Gruhn (Soprano),
Eduard Habich (Baritone),
Emil Schipper (Baritone),
Albert Reiss (Tenor)
London Symphony Orchestra,
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,
Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Written: 1871; Germany
Date of Recording: 1928-32
Length: 149 Minutes 40 Secs.
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