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Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde / Karajan, Vinay, Modl, Hotter, Vinay

Release Date: 08/27/2013 
Label:  United Classics   Catalog #: 2012131  
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ludwig WeberMartha MödlHans HotterRamon Vinay,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival OrchestraBayreuth Festival Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Richard Wagner first encountered the legend of Tristan und Isolde in Gottfried von Strassburg’s 13th-century poem Tristan, a work that explores the idea of humanity divided between earth-bound sensualists and those for whom physical love involves the transcendental merging of souls. The seed planted by the poem was nurtured by Wagner’s experience of Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette, an adulterous love affair of his own, and the strange half-lights of Venice, where he spent the winter of 1858–59 working on the great Act II love duet. First seen in Munich in June 1865, Tristan und Isolde changed the course of Western music. Wieland Wagner’s superbly cast 1952 Bayreuth Festival production famously abolished naturalism for a bare-stage Read more approach that hovered between dream and reality. Read less

Works on This Recording

Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ludwig Weber (Bass), Martha Mödl (Soprano), Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone),
Ramon Vinay (Tenor), Gerhard Unger (Tenor), Werner Faulhaber (Bass),
Gerhard Stolze (Tenor), Ira Malaniuk (Alto), Hermann Uhde (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/23/1952 
Venue:  Live  Festival Hall, Bayreuth, Germany 
Language: German 

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