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In Reply to: RE: Interesting that almost all of the new releases from Warner Classics show up... posted by Ivan303 on June 20, 2017 at 07:38:29
that would be my "Desert Island" choice.
If I really **liked** Tristan enough to listen to it on a desert island, Boehm's Bayreuth live performance would be my choice.
Regarding Magic Flute--I don't know any performance from any era that betters the Fricsay mono version (1955) with Streich, Stader, Haefliger, Fischer-Dieskau, etc. For lo-fi sampling, here's the complete recording:
For non-German speakers like me, I'm happy to have the dialogue left out, too.
as there can only be on Tamino.
...the rest of the cast, not so much. Peters and Lear are barely adequate, and DFD's Papageno drives me up the wall.
And Bohm's conducting is humorless and charmless, as it always is in Mozart.
Count me as another fan of the Fricsay recording (DFD aside).
I adore that recording and have it on LP, tape and CD. AND... the Fricsay is every bit as good, with better conducting and wonderful, often sublime singing throughout.
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