Rusalka, Op. 114/B 203by Antonín Dvorák Performer:
Helmut Schindler (Tenor),
Ruth Lange (Soprano),
Gottlob Frick (Bass),
Helena Rott (Alto),
Erich Zimmermann (Tenor),
Kurt Preuss (Tenor),
Lisa Otto (Soprano),
Käte Höfgen (Mezzo Soprano),
Elfriede Trötschel (Soprano),
Edith Hellriegel (Soprano),
Eva Fleischhauer (Soprano)
Dresden State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic Written: 1900; Bohemia Date of Recording: 1948 Length: 122 Minutes 38 Secs. Language: German
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oh, that sound!August 16, 2013By David Landau (San Francisco, CA)See All My Reviews"Sixty years ago, when this post-World-War-II performance from Dresden was first issued on LP, the composer and music-writer Nicolas Slonimsky wrote, quote, The performance is of a high order, and proves that, despite wars and political upheavals, opera continues to flourish everywhere in Europe--yes, even behind the Iron Curtain, unquote. The conductor, Joseph Keilberth, was a man for all seasons of the podium. His love of the music, and his beautiful handling of it, were and are beyond question. As for the sound, it is simply amazing. What the engineers took down in Dresden has been given a brilliant re-mastering. What you have, then, from the ruins of postwar Germany, is something not far from the fine studio performances of the early stereo era. For proximity to the spirit of the music, I think nothing can beat it. Because it's in German instead of Czech, and slightly edited, you might want to begin with a more modern recording; for that, I recommend the DVD with soundtrack supplied by the Czech conductor Zdenek Chalabala and the Prague National Theatre. But by all means don't forget this Keilberth-Dresden recording as a unique memento of a bygone time and place."Report Abuse
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