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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Contains 240 page illustrated libretto.
[Böhm's] incandescent approach fires the stage to great things. Neidlinger, who appears with Solti, and Talvela, Karajan's Fasolt, are even more vital here, both giving readings unsurpassed on record: Neidlinger's curse is chilling. In the past, I may have underrated Windgassen's Loge; it seems to me now full of interpretative insight without [Gerhard] Stolze's exaggerations, and his few alterations to the text matter little. Adam, once over some initial wobbling, is as authoritative as ever; his tone is more grainy but also more even than Fischer-Dieskau's. Burmeister is more than adequate as Fricka. The lesser gods are excellent, Silja's Freia more urgent in her appeals to her
brothers than those on any other version. Where Karajan has the best Flosshilde, Böhm benefits from the warmest Wellgunde in the young Dernesch. Wohlfahrt, as for Karajan, is a subtle Mime, and in Böhm's cycle, he will be heard again in Siegfried.
The Nibelungs' hammerings aren't so overwhelming as on either the Decca or DG set, but much more arresting on CD than they were on LP, and the same applies to other effects. Occasional changes in perspective and stage noises only add, for me, to the illusion of attending the theatre at Bayreuth.
-- Gramophone [7/1985]
Works on This Recording
Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor),
Theo Adam (Bass Baritone),
Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone),
Annelies Burmeister (Mezzo Soprano),
Martti Talvela (Bass),
Kurt Böhme (Bass),
Helga Dernesch (Soprano),
Dorothea Siebert (Soprano),
Ruth Hesse (Mezzo Soprano),
Vera Soukupová (Alto),
Anja Silja (Soprano),
Gerd Nienstedt (Bass Baritone),
Hermin Esser (Tenor),
Erwin Wohlfahrt (Tenor)
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Written: 1854; Germany
Date of Recording: 1967
Venue: Live Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, Germany
Length: 136 Minutes 46 Secs.
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