Les Introuvables Du Chant Wagnèrien

Release Date: 11/19/2010
Catalog Number: EMI 64008
Composer: Richard Wagner
Number of Discs: 4

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
An absorbing collection of recordings from the glory days of Wagnerian singing. These discs display an abundance of talent, with hardly a wobble in earshot.

This set begins auspiciously with Hans Hermann Nissen's noble, firm singing of the Dutchman's monologue. This heroic baritone, Toscanini's Sachs at the 1937 Salzburg Festival, was unaccountably Omitted from both HMV's seven LP set (not six as the notes here have it) "Wagner On Record", Vol. 3 (4/83—nla), from which this new collection partly derives, and "The Record Of Singing" (also nla). Thus amends have now been made, especially as he can also be heard on his equally commendable record of the Wanderer's final answer (about the Gods) to Mime's questioning in Siegfried, the kind of secure, rounded singing for which pre-war Wagnerians were noted. Among other singers missing from the LP issue was Marjorie Lawrence, whose Brännhilde (Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung) and Elsa (the duet with the excellent Telramund of Martial Singhier) are happily encountered here, performing in French. Considering that she was only 24 when these records were made the achievement is amazing, in particular her Immolation, in which this Brünnhilde, besides singing with fresh and steady tone, sounds like a young woman totally consumed with love for Siegfried. But the inclusion of this wonderful performance means the exclusion of Frida Leider's equally exemplary one, which was on the LP set.

That kind of difference is typical of the project as a whole, but by and large the choices made here complement what has gone before, not only on "Wagner On Record", but on other reissues. On the first CD, besides Nissen's "Die Frist ist urn", there is another version of the same passage by the French-based American baritone Arthur Endreze, which is more piercingly anguished, less well sung. Then comes the Senta/Dutchman duet in the 1957 account of Nilsson and Hotter, now rightly considered historical, and a peerless interpretation from both singers (Hotter's Dutchman, with louring presence and piercing eyes, is on the new set's box-cover). Many of the Meistersinger extracts are as before, with Schorr properly prominent. The newcomers here are Thill and Germaine Martinelli in the Act 2 duet for Walther and Eva, ardent and making the most of the French text.

The second disc brings us chunks of Tannhäuser and Lohengrin. Additions include Flagstad in Elisabeth's Prayer, broadly and inwardly sung in 1948, Pertile as Lohengrin bidding an eloquent farewell to his swan (in Italian) and Spani in "Aurette, a cui si spesso"—"Euch Laften" to you—a good piece of singing but eclipsed by Lehmann's more idiomatic account of the same passage, also included here. Wittrisch's finely phrased and shaded version of "In fernem Land" replaces Roswaenge's, but he's retained for "Mein lieber Schwann". Sadly missing is Melchior's deeply tormented account of Tannhauser's Rome Narration (from the original LP issue) and the Elsa/Lohengrin duet as sung by Ljangberg (nowhere to be found here) and Widdop, a rare and beautiful version never transferred from the original 78. This CD, but not the others, is affected by various electronic clicks and, in the case of Maria Mailer's radiant "Dich teure Halle', bad distortion. Since Hasch's "Als du im kühnem Sange" has been inadvertently included instead of the announced "0 du mein holder Abendstern", this disc is a mixed pleasure. On the whole, the sound is more open than on a number of EMI's historic transfers. However, to pay for this the voices sometimes have an uncomfortable edge.

The third disc is devoted to Tristan, Parsifal and the first two Ring operas. Leider and Melchior rightly predominate, but certain of the new items have been discerningly chosen, notably Lubin's warm, erotic, all-enveloping Liebestod set side by side with Seinemeyer's more orthodox performance, taken over from LP. Kipnis and Fritz Wolff in the Good Friday Music, from Bayreuth, 1927, is a classic recording deserving rescucitation—what rock-like steadiness from the bass, what poetry from the tenor! Then Seinemeyer and Lorenz are here chosen to represent Sieglinde and Siegmund, a more than apt alternative to Lehmann and Melchior, who can be heard on the CD of the complete Act I of Die Walkiire reissued by EMI three years ago (10/88).

The final disc of the four (all, generously filled, more than 75 minutes in length) has Lawrence (again—a French bias here showing itself) in "War es so schmahlich?" and the amazingly fresh Journet (already in his sixties in 1928 when this was recorded) set beside Bockelmann in Wotan's Farewell, instead of Schorr, who may have been over-represented on LP. Leider's glorious Siegfried Brünnhilde remains an object-lesson in style and interpretation and we might well have had her "Ewig war ich" rather than that of Lubin, a bit swoopy here. Austral finally appears in the Prologue to Götterdämmerung with Widdop. But for some reason in Hagen's call to the vassals, the short-breathed List has replaced the black-voiced Andresen.

As a whole this is, my technical reservation apart, an absorbing issue. We have a few good Wagnerian singers today, but nothing like the abundance of talent displayed on these discs, with hardly a wobble in earshot. Added to that is the impression of singers, Bockelmann and Marta Fuchs (Senta's Ballad, in which she is surpassed by Rethberg in her electrifying account) possibly excepted, being consumed by their roles and projecting them with total sincerity and conviction. Much of the orchestral playing under the likes of Coates and Blech is of high quality.

-- Gramophone [1/1992]
Works on This Recording
1. Der fliegende Holländer: Die Frist ist um [Monologue] by Richard Wagner
Performer: Arthur Endrèze (Baritone)
Conductor: Selmar Meyrowitz
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841/1852 ; Germany
2. Der fliegende Holländer: Jo-ho-joe! Traft ihr das Schiff by Richard Wagner
Performer: Elisabeth Rethberg (Soprano)
Conductor: Rosario Bourdon
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841/1852 ; Germany
3. Der fliegende Holländer: Wie aus der Ferne by Richard Wagner
Performer: Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Conductor: Leopold Ludwig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841/1852 ; Germany
4. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Was duftet doch der Flieder by Richard Wagner
Performer: Friedrich Schorr (Baritone)
Conductor: Albert Coates
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Germany
5. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Jerum! Jerum! by Richard Wagner
Performer: Rudolf Bockelmann (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Germany
6. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Wahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn! by Richard Wagner
Performer: Friedrich Schorr (Baritone)
Conductor: Leo Blech
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Germany
7. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Selig wie die Sonne (Quintet) by Richard Wagner
Performer: Ben Williams (Tenor), Gladys Parr (Mezzo Soprano), Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Lauritz Melchior (Tenor), Friedrich Schorr (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1867 ; Germany
8. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Morgenlich leuchtend by Richard Wagner
Performer: Torsten Ralf (Tenor), Rudolf Bockelmann (Baritone), Tiana Lemnitz (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Germany
9. Tannhäuser: Dich, teure Halle by Richard Wagner
Performer: Marjorie Lawrence (Soprano)
Conductor: Karl Elmendorff
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861 ; Germany
10. Tannhäuser: O Fürstin...So stehet auf...Den Gott der Liebe by Richard Wagner
Performer: Maria Reining (Soprano), Max Lorenz (Tenor)
Conductor: Rudolf Moralt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861 ; Germany
11. Tannhäuser: Blick' ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise by Richard Wagner
Performer: Herbert Janssen (Baritone)
Conductor: Karl Elmendorff
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861 ; Germany
12. Tannhäuser: Wohl wusst' ich hier sie im Gebet zu finden by Richard Wagner
Performer: Gerhard Hüsch (Baritone)
Conductor: Hanns Udo Müller
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841/1852 ; Germany
13. Tannhäuser: Allmächt'ge Jungfrau "Elisabeth's Prayer" by Richard Wagner
Performer: Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor: Issay Dobrowen
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861 ; Germany
14. Tannhäuser: Als du im kühnem Sange by Richard Wagner
Performer: Gerhard Hüsch (Baritone)
Conductor: Hanns Udo Müller
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861 ; Germany
15. Lohengrin: Einsam in trüben Tagen "Elsa's dream" by Richard Wagner
Performer: Elisabeth Rethberg (Soprano)
Conductor: Fritz Zweig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
16. Lohengrin: Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber Schwann! by Richard Wagner
Performer: Aureliano Pertile (Tenor)
Conductor: Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
17. Lohengrin: Erhebe dich, Genossin meiner Schmach by Richard Wagner
Performer: Martial Singher (Baritone), Marjorie Lawrence (Soprano)
Conductor: Piero Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gramophone Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
18. Lohengrin: Euch Lüften, die mein Klagen by Richard Wagner
Performer: Lotte Lehmann (Soprano)
Conductor: Frieder Weissmann
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
19. Lohengrin: Das süsse Lied verhallt...Atmest du nicht mit mir by Richard Wagner
Performer: Tiana Lemnitz (Soprano), Margarete Klose (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Johannes Schüler
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
20. Lohengrin: In fernem Land by Richard Wagner
Performer: Marcel Wittrisch (Tenor)
Conductor: Fritz Zaun
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1847 ; Germany
21. Lohengrin: Mein lieber Schwan "Lohengrin's Farewell" by Richard Wagner
Performer: Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Conductor: Rudolf Moralt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
22. Tristan und Isolde: Dein Werk? O thör'ge Magd! by Richard Wagner
Performer: Nanny Larsen-Todsen (Soprano), Anny Helm (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Karl Elmendorff
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857-1859 ; Germany
23. Tristan und Isolde: Isolde! Tristan!...O sink' hernieder by Richard Wagner
Performer: Lauritz Melchior (Tenor), Frida Leider (Soprano)
Conductor: Albert Coates
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Germany
24. Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise "Liebestod" by Richard Wagner
Performer: Germaine Lubin (Soprano)
Conductor: Philippe Gaubert
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Germany
25. Parsifal: Ich sah' das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust by Richard Wagner
Performer: Frida Leider (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1882 ; Germany
26. Das Rheingold: Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge by Richard Wagner
Performer: Friedrich Schorr (Baritone)
Conductor: Leo Blech
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854 ; Germany
27. Die Walküre: Der Männer Sippe sass hier im Saal by Richard Wagner
Performer: Meta Seinemeyer (Soprano)
Conductor: Frieder Weissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856 ; Germany
28. Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond by Richard Wagner
Performer: Max Lorenz (Tenor)
Conductor: Ernst Viebig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856 ; Germany
29. Die Walküre: Du bist der Lenz by Richard Wagner
Performer: Meta Seinemeyer (Soprano)
Conductor: Frieder Weissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856 ; Germany
30. Die Walküre: War es so schmählich by Richard Wagner
Performer: Marjorie Lawrence (Soprano)
Conductor: Piero Coppola
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856 ; Germany
31. Die Walküre: Leb' wohl..."Farewell and Magic Fire music" by Richard Wagner
Performer: Rudolf Bockelmann (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856 ; Germany
32. Siegfried: Auf wolkigen Höh'n wohnen die Götter by Richard Wagner
Performer: Hans Hermann Nissen (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Germany
33. Siegfried: Wirr wird mir seit ich erwacht by Richard Wagner
Performer: Emil Schipper (Baritone), Maria Olszewska (Alto)
Conductor: Karl Alwin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Germany
34. Siegfried: Heil dir, Sonne! by Richard Wagner
Performer: Rudolf Laubenthal (Tenor), Frida Leider (Soprano)
Conductor: Leo Blech
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Germany
35. Siegfried: Ewig war ich, ewig bin ich by Richard Wagner
Performer: Rudolf Laubenthal (Tenor), Frida Leider (Soprano)
Conductor: Leo Blech
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Germany
36. Götterdämmerung: Zu neuen Thaten, theurer Helde! by Richard Wagner
Performer: Walter Widdop (Tenor), Florence Austral (Soprano)
Conductor: Albert Coates
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Germany
37. Götterdämmerung: Nun lass das Lachen by Richard Wagner
Performer: Ludwig Weber (Bass), Herbert Janssen (Baritone)
Conductor: Piero Coppola
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861-1874 ; Germany
38. Götterdämmerung: Immolation by Richard Wagner
Performer: Marjorie Lawrence (Soprano)
Conductor: Piero Coppola
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Germany
39. Der fliegende Holländer: Wirst du des Vaters Wahl nicht schelten by Richard Wagner
Performer: Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Conductor: Leopold Ludwig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841/1852 ; Germany
40. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Wer seid Ihr? by Richard Wagner
Performer: Germaine Martinelli (Soprano), Georges Thill (Tenor)
Conductor: Eugène Bigot
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1867 ; Germany
41. Tristan und Isolde: Wie lachen sie mir "Narrative and Curse" by Richard Wagner
Performer: Frida Leider (Soprano), Elfriede Marherr-Wagner (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Leo Blech
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857-1858 ; Germany
42. Tristan und Isolde: O König, das kann ich dir nicht sagen by Richard Wagner
Performer: Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor: Robert Heger
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Germany
43. Tristan und Isolde: Und drauf Isolde by Richard Wagner
Performer: Lauritz Melchior (Tenor)
Conductor: Robert Heger
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Germany
44. Parsifal: Wie dünkt mich doch die Aue heut so schön! "Good Friday Music" by Richard Wagner
Performer: Fritz Wolff (Tenor), Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Conductor: Siegfried Wagner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1882 ; Germany
45. Götterdämmerung: Hoiho! Ihr Gibichsmannen, wachet euch auf! by Richard Wagner
Performer: Emanuel List (Bass)
Conductor: Eduard Mörike
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861-1874 ; Germany
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