Many many thanks to our friend Trottar This is a great, classic studio recording of Berg’s first opera. I don’t know what I liked about the story, but I immediately loved the Mahlerian score, especially as presented in such a sympathetic recording. The warmth of both Böhm’s conducting and Fischer-Deiskau’s wonderful voice, and the chemistry of the two principles still comes through forty years later. True, Fischer-Deiskau is perhaps too sane and vocally balanced for his part,but his performance is still one of the greatest because of the genius of his vocal coloring. This studio version still holds its own due to the great performers and because the studio mix balances the voices with the orchestra perfectly, allowing us to hear all the vocal parts even in the loudest moments.
Composer: Alban Berg
Performer: Evelyn Lear, Chor Der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Schöneberger Sängerknaben, Gerhard Stolze, Fritz Wunderlich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra: Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Number of discs: 2
DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 1.85 GB
All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc In his day, Karl Richter was considered a Bach “specialist.” We accord that title nowadays, if at all, to purveyors of period performance practice–and rightly so. But there’s something to be gained by appreciating earlier conceptions of how this music should go. If you favor a more “traditional” approach to Bach’s sacred music, featuring a large chorus, modern instruments and “operatic”-style singers, then you can’t do better than Richter’s 1964 account of the St. John Passion.
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen, Ernst Häfliger, Hertha Töpper, Hermann Prey, Evelyn Lear Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Number of discs: 3
DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 3.1 GB
Thank you very much for this terrific masterpiece to our friend from Lake Michigan This version is badly cut,and purists may sneer at the Rimsky-Korsakoff arrangement, but it has two things going for it. The first thing is Boris Christoff. The second thing is Boris Christoff. (He sings three roles in this recording, which is a little confusing, but what the heck!) Christoff, with a rich and powerful bass-baritone, was one of the 20th century’s leading exponents of the role of Boris Godunov. He is simply a force of nature in the title role, yet with the ability to shade his voice into heartrending beauty and sorrow. The rest of the cast is excellent. Andre Cluytens conducts with a terrific mix of power and sensitivity, and the quality of the recording is quite good. While this may not be everybody’s first choice, it belongs on every opera lover’s shelf simply because it gives us the chance to hear one of the greatest bass-baritones of the century in his signature role.
# Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
# Performer: Dimitr Ouzounov, John Lanigan, Boris Christoff, Evelyn Lear, Ana Alexieva
# Orchestra: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
# Conductor: André Cluytens
# Vinyl (1963)
# Number of Discs: 4
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI # DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 4.2 GB # Scan: yes
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