Tristan  (William Smith;  Ernst Gruber, Hanne-Lore Kuhse, Ramon Vinay)  (3-Ponto 1026)
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Tristan  (William Smith;  Ernst Gruber, Hanne-Lore Kuhse, Ramon Vinay)  (3-Ponto 1026)
OP0593. TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Live Performance, 25 Jan., 1967, w.William Smith Cond. Philadelphia Opera Ensemble; Ernst Gruber, Hanne-Lore Kuhse, Irwin Densen, Ramón Vinay (as Kurwenal), Walter Knelar, Blanche Thebom, etc. (Czech Republic) 3-Ponto 1026. - 8717202250264

CRITIC REVIEWS:

"With his amazing volume, strength through the entire range from solid depths to blazing top, and a voice of solid steel, Gruber was destined for the heroic roles, particularly Wagner. He portrayed most of the major Wagner heroes...."

- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, March/April., 2006



"Chilean-born Ramón Vinay began his operatic career as a baritone (Mexico City, 1938), singing many of the major baritone roles…, but after study with tenor René Maison, he began a second career as a tenor (Mexico City, 1943), and after a long, distinguished career as a tenor, returned to the baritone repertoire in the 1960s, retiring in 1969 with a final Iago. He was most noted for tenor roles requiring great heft and power….His services were in demand everywhere."

- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 2006



"[Kuhse’s] was a huge voice of impressive power, stamina, and carrying power, with a bright, even brilliant sound….Dramatic involvement was always present….A ten-minute excerpt from a 1975 London performance of Siegfried Wagner’s Friedensengel is a rapturous delight."

- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 2006



"Hanne-Lore Kuhse, a dramatic soprano who has sung Isolde and other leading Wagner roles in German opera houses, copes well with the vocal and dramatic requirements [above]. When this recording was made in 1975, her voice was still attractive and firm."

- Kurt Moses, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Jan./Feb., 2006