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Re: [furt-l] Wiener Staatsoper series/Furtwangler

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  • Stephen Morris
    Boyd, thanks for the helpful review of this performance. I for one certainly had my eye on that performance, both for Grob-Prandl and, naturally, for Ralf.
    Message 1 of 9 , Feb 21, 2004
      Boyd, thanks for the helpful review of this performance. I for one
      certainly had my eye on that performance, both for Grob-Prandl and,
      naturally, for Ralf. Denzler, though, is an unknown quantity. I wonder
      what you think of his interpretation? Best regards, Steve Morris
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: <ParsifalCSA@...>
      To: <furt-l@...>
      Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2004 12:36 PM
      Subject: Re: [furt-l] Wiener Staatsoper series/Furtwangler


      > Steve,
      > There is also Bockelmann's WALKUERE Wotan, which can be heard (with
      unfortunate cuts in the Second Act) from Stuttgart Reichssenders, 1938,
      well-transferred by Preiser in two issues, a two disc set of Acts II and
      III, and a single disc issue of Act I. The conducting of Carl Leonhardt is a
      bit stodgy and the Siegmund of Fritz Krauss seems a little past its prime,
      but Erna Schluter's Brunnhilde and Maria Reining's Sieglinde come across
      well. But it is Bockelmann as Wotan who really remains in my memory. He is
      very good.
      > Talking of WALKUERE, Gebhardt has a new and fascinating release: a 1951
      performance from Geneva, with Gertrude Grob-Prandl as Brunnhilde, Helene
      Werth [didn't know much about her previously] as Sieglinde, a refulgent
      Torsten Ralf as Siegmund, Herbert Alsen as Hunding, and Ludwig Hofmann as
      Wotan. Robert Denzler conducts. Some of us will know (and treasure)
      Grob-Prandl from the 1949 Vienna Ring cycle released by Myto (and now
      cheaply by Gebhardt) where she sings the SIEGFRIED and GOTTERDAMMERUNG
      Brunhildes. Now we have her in a good sounding WALKUERE. She is very fine
      indeed, with her entry in Act II riveting and splendid. Ralf, who died
      within a couple of years, sounds almost as good as he did in 1936 or during
      the early 1940s. Werth, I can't recall hearing previously, but she does
      equally well as Sieglinde. Hofmann is really not a bass-baritone and doesn't
      possess the same lighter shaded vocalism and the emotional weight we are
      used to with a Hotter (or Bockelmann), for i!
      > ns!
      > tance. He exhibits a brief bit of strain in the last act "Leb'wohl," and
      the voice carries an interpretative weariness, but I think it justifiable
      given his portrayal. All in all a very interesting, and I think significant,
      performance. [Gebhardt 0056] BTW, the sound is more than acceptable,
      orchestra [Orch. de Suisse Romande] slightly forward. It was recorded in
      Victoria Hall [which I used to visit while in grad school years ago!], after
      the Grand Theatre had burned down a few days earlier at a rehearsal for this
      production!
      >
      > Boyd Cathey
      >
      > In a message dated 2/21/2004 12:23:12 PM Eastern Standard Time,
      smorris4@... writes:
      >
      > >
      > > Returning to the subject of Meistersinger, I would add that Bockelmann's
      > > 1938 interpretationm would doubtless be more audible on a properly
      pitched,
      > > well-engineered release of these excerpts. In fact, one of the great
      > > lacunae in recorded Wagner is the apparent absence of a complete Sachs
      by
      > > Bockelmann, whose Hans Sachs Harold Rosenthal's dictionary extols as
      > > "outstandingly fine." Of course, contemplating an era when there were
      > > simultaneous Sachses by Schorr, Nissen, Bockelmann, Schoeffler (just
      > > beginning), Bohnen (presumably just ending), Rode, Kamann,and even the
      > > sturdy-voiced Prohaska and Hann, one can hardly deny the passing of a
      golden
      > > age!
      > > ----- Original Message -----
      > > From: <ParsifalCSA@...>
      > > To: <furt-l@...>
      > > Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2004 4:48 AM
      > > Subject: Re: [furt-l] Wiener Staatsoper series/Furtwangler
      > >
      > >
      > > > Lee,
      > > > Yes, it is "that" performance [Sept. 5, 1938], the night before the
      NSDAP
      > > Congress at Nurnburg. Furtwangler had apparently avoided conducting for
      > > those occasions previously, successfully offering various excuses. But
      this
      > > time he couldn't completely avoid it. Technically the performance was
      not
      > > part of the Congress festivities [Shirakawa, p.226], and he had no out.
      The
      > > propagandists had a field day, sadly. Unfortunately, great art is used
      by
      > > both the Evil and the Good. I think also of the experiences of
      Shostakovich
      > > and Prokofiev under Stalin....and we remember the 1942 Beethoven
      Ninth....
      > > > Still, a riveting performance. Shirakawa criticizes Bockelmann's
      3rd
      > > Act Sachs ("barking" I think he says), as I recall it, but I'm much more
      > > positive.
      > > >
      > > > Regards,
      > > > Boyd
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > In a message dated 1/24/2004 10:40:24 PM Eastern Standard Time,
      > > schipper@... writes:
      > > >
      > > > >
      > > > > Is this the famous, or rather infamous Nuernburger
      > > performance?
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