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Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer / Klemperer , Adam, Silja, New Philharmonia Orchestra


Release Date: 10/14/2008 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1423   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Theo AdamAnnelies BurmeisterJames KingAnja Silja,   ... 
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC ChorusNew Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Klemperer and cast have the wind in their sails: this Dutchman really flies

Reviewing the CD reissue of Otto Klemperer’s 1968 EMI studio recording of Holländer (10/00), Alan Blyth recalled attending “a Festival Hall performance at the time of the sessions”. Thanks to Testament, we now have that performance, as broadcast by the BBC, to put alongside an Abbey Road version which AB rightly deemed “one of two or three great readings of the score on CD”.

The two main characters are taken by the same singers, Theo Adam and Anja Silja. Martti Talvela and Annelies Burmeister can also be heard on both sets. The main difference is in the tenor
Read more department. James King, rather than Ernst Kozub, would probably have sung Erik in the studio if Decca had been willing to release him, and although this is a notoriously unrewarding part – especially when it has to be acted as well as sung – King’s distinctive tonal combination of purity and weight was certainly a bonus in the Festival Hall, just as Kenneth Macdonald makes a fine Steersman. The most remarkable aspect of the performance nevertheless remains the empathy between Klemperer, Silja and Adam. Adam’s Act 1 monologue seizes the dramatic high ground, but Silja raises the stakes still further with an electrifying account of Senta’s Ballad, and the long duet which ends Act 2 has rarely been as intense and eloquent as it is here.

Live performance always brings risks: there is a split brass note early in Act 1, and Talvela loses his way briefly a little later on. But Klemperer’s love of the music’s raw edges and robust rhythms is evident throughout. Even at the stately tempo he adopts the Act 3 sailor’s dance is so strongly projected that the tension never sags for a moment, and Klemperer’s eccentric devotion to the three-act version of the score is far less damaging than it would be in a performance of lower voltage.

The recorded sound also comes up pretty well in this remastering. For my money, this extraordinarily “live” reading of Wagner’s windswept score has the edge, even over the admirable studio alternative.

-- Arnold Whittall, Gramophone [10/2008]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Theo Adam (Bass Baritone), Annelies Burmeister (Mezzo Soprano), James King (Tenor),
Anja Silja (Soprano), Theo Adam (Bass-baritone), Kenneth MacDonald (Tenor),
Martti Talvela (Bass)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
2.
Der fliegende Holländer: Overture by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Martti Talvela (Bass), Kenneth MacDonald (Tenor), Anja Silja (Soprano),
James King (Tenor), Annelies Burmeister (Mezzo Soprano), Theo Adam (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 1 Secs. 
3.
Der fliegende Holländer: Hojohe! Hallojo! Hojohe! Ho! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Martti Talvela (Bass), Kenneth MacDonald (Tenor)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Der fliegende Holländer: Mit Gewitter und Sturm by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Kenneth MacDonald (Tenor)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5.
Der fliegende Holländer: Die Frist ist um [Monologue] by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Kenneth MacDonald (Tenor), Theo Adam (Bass Baritone), Martti Talvela (Bass)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6.
Der fliegende Holländer: He! Holla! Steuermann! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Kenneth MacDonald (Tenor), Theo Adam (Bass Baritone), Martti Talvela (Bass)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
7.
Der fliegende Holländer: Durch Sturm und bösen Wind by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Theo Adam (Bass Baritone), Martti Talvela (Bass)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 0 Secs. 
8.
Der fliegende Holländer: So ist sie mein by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Theo Adam (Bass Baritone), Martti Talvela (Bass)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9.
Der fliegende Holländer: Südwind! Südwind! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Kenneth MacDonald (Tenor), Theo Adam (Bass Baritone), Martti Talvela (Bass)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
10.
Der fliegende Holländer: Summ und brumm, du gutes Rädchen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Annelies Burmeister (Mezzo Soprano), Anja Silja (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
11.
Der fliegende Holländer: Jo-ho-joe! Traft ihr das Schiff by Richard Wagner
Performer:  James King (Tenor), Annelies Burmeister (Mezzo Soprano), Anja Silja (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 2 Secs. 
12.
Der fliegende Hollander: Bleib', Senta! Bleib, nur einen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  James King (Tenor)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
13.
Der fliegende Holländer: Mein Herz voll Treue bis zum Sterben by Richard Wagner
Performer:  James King (Tenor), Anja Silja (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
14.
Der fliegende Holländer: Fühlst du den Schmerz by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Anja Silja (Soprano), James King (Tenor)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 10 Secs. 
15.
Der fliegende Holländer: Mein Kind, du siehst mich auf der Schwelle by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Martti Talvela (Bass), Anja Silja (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
16.
Der fliegende Holländer: Mögst du, mein Kind by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Martti Talvela (Bass)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
17.
Der fliegende Holländer: Wie aus der Ferne by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Theo Adam (Bass Baritone), Anja Silja (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 22 Secs. 
18.
Der fliegende Holländer: Wirst du des Vaters Wahl nicht schelten by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Theo Adam (Bass Baritone), Anja Silja (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
19.
Der fliegende Holländer: Verzeiht! Mein Volk hält draussen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Anja Silja (Soprano), Theo Adam (Bass Baritone), Martti Talvela (Bass)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
20.
Der fliegende Holländer: Steuermann! Lass die Wacht by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Kenneth MacDonald (Tenor)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 30 Secs. 
21.
Der fliegende Holländer: Jo-ho-joe! Traft ihr das Schiff by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
22.
Der fliegende Holländer: Was muss ich hören by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Anja Silja (Soprano), James King (Tenor)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
23.
Der fliegende Holländer: Willst jenes Tag's by Richard Wagner
Performer:  James King (Tenor)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
24.
Der fliegende Holländer: Verloren! Ach! Verloren! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  James King (Tenor), Anja Silja (Soprano), Martti Talvela (Bass),
Annelies Burmeister (Mezzo Soprano), Theo Adam (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 9 Secs. 

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