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Wagner - The Opera Collection: Die Meistersinger / Solti

Release Date: 02/11/2003 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 470800   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ben HeppnerAlan OpieKarita MattilaHerbert Lippert,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraChicago Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc received the 1998 Grammy Award for "Best Opera Recording" and was also nominated for "Best Engineered Album, Classical" and "Best Classical Album."
George Solti's final recording of Wagner is a testament to this great musician's powers of renewal. Returning to 'Die Meistersinger' after more than twenty years, Solti was determined to emphasize the conversational nature of the opera and as a result his reading has both a lightness and fluidity unique on recording. To this end he cast singers in the principal roles who were also great Mozart singers, albeit ones with the power to do justice to Wagner's music. Although quick by the clock, nothing sounds either rushed or skimped, and the humanity of Wagner's conception is everywhere
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The casting is from strength throughout. José Van Dam adds to his gallery of Wagner roles with a wonderfully human, beautifully sung Hans Sachs. René Pape and Karita Mattila bring great beauty to the Pogners and Ben Heppner's ardent Walter possesses both beauty of tone and idiomatic German. Alan Opie's Beckmesser is convincing both as a comic villain and a meistersinger of good standing. There are several great recordings of this opera, to which the present one must be considered a formidable addition. Read less

Works on This Recording

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ben Heppner (Tenor), Alan Opie (Baritone), Karita Mattila (Soprano),
Herbert Lippert (Tenor), Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano), René Pape (Bass),
José van Dam (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1867; Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Great Meister let down by inadequate Sachs....... January 15, 2012 By Peter Rossetti (Lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Everything is great here and there is much to enjoy, but Van Dam's Sachs is too light voiced and too thin sounding. Irritating to me. Otherwise a great set. mho I recommend Solti's first, Barenboim's or Jochum IF you like Fischer-Dieskau. Janowski's on its way here, so I'll include if need be." Report Abuse
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