Pierre Monteux;  Birgit Nilsson    (2-Testament SBT2 1507)
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Pierre Monteux;  Birgit Nilsson    (2-Testament SBT2 1507)
C1397. PIERRE MONTEUX Cond. Concertgebouw Orch.: TANNHÄUSER Overture; TRISTAN UND ISOLDE - Prelude & Liebestod; Siegfried Idyll; w.BIRGIT NILSSON: GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG - Brünnhilde's Immolation (Wagner). (England) 2-Testament SBT2 1507, Live Performance, 1963, Kursaal, Scheveningen. - 749677150723


“By the 1960s, Pierre Monteux could conduct practically anything he wanted, which is why in 1963, the year of the 150th anniversary of Wagner's birth, he had no difficulty in persuading the Holland Festival to program an all-Wagner evening. The choice of soloist was his and having heard a great deal about Birgit Nilsson, he wanted to work with her. As one might expect, the results were stunning and the radio transmission gives the voice a more forward balance, allowing one to relish Nilsson's voice. This two disc set from Testament includes the TANNHÄUSER Overture, the Siegfried Idyll, the Prelude & Liebestod from TRISTAN UND ISOLDE and selections from GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG.”

- Testament

“Although the master of Russian and French ballet was a rare and reluctant opera conductor, his love for German music reveals…a stream of prepared and calculated insights to refresh curious Wagnerites…the sound does credit to Monteux's work with the orchestra whose assistant chief he once was. Together with much else of his retrospectively released concert Wagner, this new set deserves serious attention”

- GRAMOPHONE, Nov., 2015