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Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg / Brückner, Et Al

Release Date: 05/27/2003 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89241   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Carl HaussSigmund RothCarl-Horst SchröderRio Kube,   ... 
Conductor:  Wolfgang Brückner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Konigsberg Reichssenders ChorusKonigsberg Reichssenders Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 24 Mins. 

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"When he boxed his apprentice David, elevating him to the status of journeyman, the entire stage was aglow with goodness." Thus Gunther Treptow described the great heroic baritone Wilhelm Rode (1887-1959) in the role of Hans Sachs. This 1938 recording made in Konigsberg (now Kaliningrad, Russia) of the third act of Die Meistersinger delivers impressive confirmation of this description. This is the role in which Rode established an international reputation, having first performed it in 1922 at the Munich Opera Festival and then singing it repeatedly until 1939. The present recording hardly tallies with the image that was deliberately promulgated after 1945 of Rode as an "unperson." Completely unfounded are reproaches of excessive melodrama, Read more over-singing, exaggerated gestures or fanatical nationalism as well as the accusation that Rode was a "singer at Nazi Party rallies." The latter assertion is a fabrication: Rode never participated in any of the Nurnberg Party Days. In this regard, the accusations made against the singer and artist Rode were highly effective post-war propaganda and a perfect example of clever character assassination, leading to prejudices that remain alive almost seven decades later. Listeners will be able to determine the truth for themselves by simply listening to this wonderful recording. Read less

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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Carl Hauss (Tenor), Sigmund Roth (Baritone), Carl-Horst Schröder (Tenor),
Rio Kube (Tenor), Eduard Kandl (Bass), Franz Wolf (Baritone),
Werner Schupp (Tenor), Rudolf Mertelsman (Tenor), Paul Peter Rafalski (Bass),
Wilhelm Ulbricht (Tenor), Erwin Ross (Baritone), Willy Passenheim (Bass),
Reinhard Dorr (Tenor), Bertha Stetzler (Soprano), Ruth Patzschke (Alto),
Wilhelm Rode (Baritone)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Brückner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Konigsberg Reichssenders Chorus,  Konigsberg Reichssenders Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/24/1938 

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