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Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander / Klemperer, Adam, Silja, Unger, Burnmeister

Wagner / Klemperer / Adam / Unger / Burnmeister
Release Date: 04/20/2010 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 56470   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Theo AdamAnja SiljaMartti TalvelaErnst Kozub,   ... 
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraBBC Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 32 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Klemperer's magisterial interpretation of this work has been unavailable in any form for far too long so that its reissue is most welcome. It has a deal in common with the Karajan/EMI set (not currently available) in treating the work symphonically. This is something of a contrast with the Bayreuth/Philips version under Woldemar Nelsson listed above, which employs faster speeds and a more dynamic view of the score like the famous 1955 Keilberth/Decca set from Bayreuth which should, like the Klemperer, be reissued at medium price.

As ever, Klemperer by and large justifies some moderate tempos by the way in which he sustains line and emphasizes detail. Only once or twice—in the Spinning and Sailors choruses—did I sense, on
Read more listening to the set again, a want of propulsion. Otherwise there is throughout what Alec Robertson, back in 1968, called a "blazing intensity" to the reading that brooks no denial. The storm and sea music in the Overture and thereafter is given stunning power, and the Dutchman's torture and passion is evoked in the orchestra—the accompaniment to his long monologue has both inner depth and finely realized detail. Indeed, the playing of the New Philharmonia, forwardly recorded in Studio No. 1 at Abbey Road, is a bonus throughout. Klemperer catches as convincingly as anyone the elemental feeling of the work, the sense of the sea, basic passions and the interplay of character unerringly adumbrated.

There have been few baritones before or since Theo Adam who have sustained the line of the role so well and so intelligently reached the heart of the matter where the text is concerned, Uhde certainly achieved as much on the old Decca and, of course, Hotter on the wartime Krauss version, intermittently available on LP. Jose van Dam on the Karajan sings more beautifully but doesn't convey so much of the role's anguish. Estes for Nelsson is stolid by comparison. As at the concert performance that was given concurrently with this recording, Adam seemed inspired by Klemperer to give of his considerable best, and I found the results profoundly moving. Silja's bright, sometimes piercing timbre isn't to everyone's taste, but she is certainly easier to listen to than either Karajan's or Nelsson's Senta, and sings with just as much if not more conviction as Balslev (Nelsson). To quote AR again: "Hers is a most moving portrayal of trust and loyalty and love unto death, the interpretation of an outstanding singing-actress".

Martti Talvela was in his absolute prime in 1968. Singing magnificently and suggesting a formidable presence, he is a bluff, burly Daland. Ernst Kozub was then the white hope for a new Heldentenor, but died too young to fulfil his potential. His Erik has its clumsy moments but one admires the shining tone, and Kozub evinces sympathy for the character in Erik's the Third Act cavatina. Gerhard Unger offers an ardent, cleanly articulated Sailor. Annelies Burmeister is a ripe Mary. The BBC Chorus is not the equal of its Bayreuth counterpart on either the Keilberth or Nelsson sets, but is none the less very much in the picture. The set was carefully produced in the placing of voices against the instruments and the provision of stage effects (breaking waves, spinning wheels, howling winds etc) without these becoming unduly intrusive. The overall sound is a shade on the dry side, but better that than the excessive reverberation on so many opera sets today. This has now to be the recommended version of the work.

-- A.B., Gramophone [2/1990] Reviewing earlier release
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Works on This Recording

1.
Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Theo Adam (Bass Baritone), Anja Silja (Soprano), Martti Talvela (Bass),
Ernst Kozub (Tenor), Annelies Burmeister (Mezzo Soprano), Gerhard Unger (Tenor)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  BBC Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 152 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Ouvertüre (Orchester)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): I. Introduktion: Hojohe! Hallojo! (Herrenchor/Daland/Steuermann)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Lied des Steuermanns: Mit Gewitter und Sturm aus fernem Meer (Steuermann)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): II. Rezitativ & Arie: Die Frist ist um
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Wie oft in Meeres tiefsten Schlund
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Dich frage ich, gepries'ner Engel Gottes (Holländer)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Nur eine Hoffnung soll mir bleiben (Holländer/Herrenchor)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): III. Szene, Duett & Chor: He! Holla! Steuermann! (Daland/Steuermann)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Weit komm'ich her (Holländer/Daland)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Durch Sturm und bösen Wind verschlagen (Holländer)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Wie wunderbar! Soll deinem Wort ich glauben?
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Was muß ich hören?...Hast du eine Tochter?
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Wohl! Fremldling, hab'ich eine schöne Tochter
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Wenn aus der Qualen Schreckgewalten (Daland/Holländer)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Südwind! Südwind! (Steuermann/Herrenchor/Daland/Holländer)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Mit Gewitter und Sturm aus fernem Meer (Herren)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Introduktion (Orchester)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): IV. Lied (Chor der Spinnerinnen), Szene, Ballade & Chor: Summ' und brumm', du gutes Rädchen (Mädchen/Mary)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Du böses Kind, wenn du nicht spinnst
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Oh! Macht dem dummen Lied ein Ende (Mary/Mädchen/Senta)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Sentas Ballade: I. Johohoe!...Traft ihr das Schiff im Meere an (Senta)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): II. Bei bösem Wind und Sturmes Wut (Senta/Chor)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): III. Vor Anker alle sieben Jahr' (Senta)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Ach! Wo weilt sie (Mädchen/Senta/Mary/Erik)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): V. Duett: Bleib', Senta! Bleib' nur einen Augenblick!
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Mein Herz, voll Treue bis zum Sterben
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Wie? Zweifelst du an meinem Herzen?
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Fühlst du den Schmerz, den tiefen Gram
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Auf hohem Felsen lag ich träumend (Erik/Senta)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Ach möchtest du, bleicher Seemann (Senta)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): VI. Finale: Mein Kind, du siehst mich auf der Schwelle (Daland/Senta)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Arie: Mögst du, mein Kind, den fremden Mann
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Doch...keines spricht...(Daland)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Duett: Wie aus der Ferne längst vergang'ner Zeiten (Holländer)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Versank ich jetzt in wunderbares Träumen?
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Wirst du des Vaters Wahl nicht schelten?
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Du bist ein Engel
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Ein heil'ger Balsam meinen Wunden (Senta/Holländer)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Terzett: Verzeiht! Mein Volk hält draußen sich nicht mehr (Daland/Senta/Holländer)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Zwischenspiel/Entr'acte (Orchester). VII Chor der norwegischen Matrosen & Ensemble: Steuermann, laß' die Wacht! (Herrenchor)...Tanz (Orchester)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Mein! Seht doch an! Sie tanzen gar! (Mädchen/Herren/Steuermann)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Juchhe! Da gibt's die Fülle! (Herren/Steuermann)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Johohoe! Johohohoe! (Herren)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): VIII. Finale: Duett: Was mußt' ich hören! Gott, was mußt' ich seh'n! (Erik/Senta)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Cavatine: Willst jenes Tag's du dich nicht mehr entsinnen (Erik)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Verloren! Ach, verloren! (Holländer/Erik/Senta)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Erfahre das Geschick, vor dem ich dich bewahr' (Holländer)
Der Fliegende Holländer (2000 Digital Remaster): Zu Hilfe! Rettet, rettet sie! (Erik/Senta/Daland/Mary/Chor/Holländer)

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