OP2339. FIDELIO, Live Performance, 31 Dec., 1938, w.Bodanzky Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Kirsten Flagstad, René Maison, Friedrich Schorr, Emanuel List, Arnold Gábor, Marita Farell & Karl Laufkoetter. (Japan) 2-Music & Arts 619. Very Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! NB: Glorious performance, albeit replete with clicks, pops, crackle and other unwanted noises, yet the brilliant performance comes through clearly!
“[Flagstad] displays a keen sense of the union of mood and tone, more so, in fact, than she does in formal song. Actually, one of her most expressive moments in the entire performance is a bit of spoken dialogue as she views her wasted husband in chains. Another gratifying addition to the catalog of Flagstad’s virtues is her feel for classical phraseology….Maison is in representative form and makes a convincing Florestan. List sings Rocco as well as anything he has undertaken in these years….Schorr and List, Flagstad and Bodanzky sustain the integrity of the German wing in these adjuncts to the Wagner vogue of the 1930s….”
- Paul Jackson, SATURDAY AFTERNOONS AT THE OLD MET, pp.175-77