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Toscanini Collection Vol 52 - Wagner / Traubel, Melchior


Release Date: 02/25/2010 
Label:  Rca Victor Gold Seal Catalog #: 60264   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Helen TraubelLauritz Melchior
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Superlative Wagnerian singing - Toscanini keeps the music swiftly and taut, while giving the soloists plenty of room for the most telling, eloquent turns of phrase.

The Walküre Act I excerpt was not published until several years after Toscanini's death, when it was partnered by Götterdämmerung excerpts taken from the same 1941 concert. It would have made this disc still more attractive if both had been included, but as it is we have here a glorious example of superlative Wagnerian singing. Melchior was 51 years old at the time of the broadcast, although you would never guess this from his marvellously youthful, ardent tones, and Traubel was in superb form, too. Toscanini moves the music on quite swiftly
Read more and the orchestral phrasing is fairly taut, but neither soloist seems under the slightest pressure, and each has plenty of room for the most telling, eloquent turns of phrase. The balance favours the singers, and I rather fancy that background noise has been suppressed a little too much, but the sound is not at all bad for its date.

I liked the Siegfried Idyll performance very much, for it has an attractive sense of repose and gentle affection, with some very poetic contributions from the solo woodwind. The sound here is pretty good, as it is in the Tristan Prelude and Liebestod, which are played in a lean, clean fashion, beautifully balanced, but rather lacking in passion and atmosphere. There is a slightly cramped sound in the Ride of the Valkyries, but better that it should be here than in the most important items. A most desirable disc, which offers many rewards.

-- A. S., Gramophone [12/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Die Walküre: Act 1, Scene 3 by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Helen Traubel (Soprano), Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1941 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 26 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater..." and continues to the end of the act. 
2.
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/03/1952 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/29/1952 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 17 Minutes 37 Secs. 
4.
Tristan und Isolde: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/07/1952 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 11 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5.
Tristan und Isolde: Liebestod [Instrumental] by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/07/1952 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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