Tannhauser (Leinsdorf;  Flagstad, Pauly, Laholm, Janssen)   (2-Symposium 1178/79)
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Tannhauser (Leinsdorf;  Flagstad, Pauly, Laholm, Janssen)   (2-Symposium 1178/79)
OP0129. TANNHÄUSER, Live Performance, 16 Dec., 1939,(slightly abridged - all that is known to exist from this highly elusive broadcast, these acetates were from the collection of John Charles Thomas), w.Leinsdorf Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Kirsten Flagstad, Rose Pauly, Herbert Janssen, Eyvind Laholm, Emanuel List, Mack Harrell, etc. (England) 2-Symposium 1178/79. Very long out-of-print, Final Rare Copy! - 760411178025


"For the previous two seasons the Czech soprano [Rose Pauly], habitué of the stages of Vienna, Salzburg, Dresden, and Berlin, and one of Strauss' favorite interpreters, had astounded the Met public with her tempestuous Elektra. Venus was the first of only three Wagner appearances during her final Met season. A knowing manner sustains her darkly colored but tart timbre and she is adept at suggesting the sensuous charm of Venus."


“Rose Pauly....was a hugely successful dramatic soprano in Germany in the 1930s, but had to leave as the Nazis rose to power....She made very few recordings, and so we don’t think of her in the same way we think of other great dramatic sopranos of her day and the next generation — Flagstad, Leider, Lawrence, Varnay, Borkh and then Nilsson."

- Henry Fogel, FANFARE Nov./Dec., 2014

“Truly one of the finest dramatic sopranos of the 20th Century, yet today known only by the true connoisseurs of vocal music. Pauly was considered to be the greatest of all 20th Century Elektras, a role she made her own throughout the World, including 8 performances over 3 seasons at the Metropolitan Opera. A refugee from the Holocaust, her disappearance from people's lips perhaps was by her own design, as she left her meteoric career in 1946 and settled in Tel Aviv as a pedagogue…. "

- Erik Eriksson, allmusic.com