OP1738. DIE MEISTERSINGER, Live Performance, 4 Sept., 1955 [the re-opening performance of the Staatsoper unter den Linden], w.Konwitschny Cond. Berlin Staatsoper Ensemble; Josef Herrmann, Erich Witte, Gerhard Unger, Heinrich Pflanzl, Theo Adam, Ruth Keplinger, etc. (E.U.) 4-Walhall 0234. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 4035122652345
“Franz Konwitschny (1901-62) was a large and rotund fellow, a fine musician who is less known internationally than he should have been, mostly because he rarely ventured outside the communist controlled east European countries. He was for many years director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and his recordings with them include a fine stereo set of the Beethoven symphonies. Actually, he was a powerful Beethoven conductor, and his Eroica with the Staatskapelle Dresden is surely among the best of the 20th Century. He was a fine opera conductor also, and made excellent recordings of Wagner’s FLYING DUTCHMAN, TANNHÄUSER and TRISTAN."
- John P. McKelvey, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 2012
”Almost forgotten a generation after his death, Franz Konwitschny, director of both the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig and the Berlin State Opera from 1949 until his death in 1962, was much the finest and by far the most successful East German conductor of his time. Konwitschny didn't seek to match the glamour of Herbert von Karajan, his West German opposite; he was interested in something else entirely. Born in 1901 at the height of German romantic idealism, Konwitschny came of age in the milieu of post-War modernism, and in his maturity the one influence tempered the other so that the classic Konwitschny performances were clean and lucid but enormously concentrated and unbearably intense. For latter-day [listeners] who know best Karajan's more charismatic recordings, Konwitschny…will clear the mind, cleanse the palette and sooth the spirit.”
- James Leonard, allmusic.com
"Herrmann was a noted heldenbariton with a big, bright, and somewhat metallic voice that was powerful up to high A, and a dramatic temperament that made for intense, committed characterizations."
- Kurt Moses, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, March/April., 2006