OP0026. TRISTAN UND ISOLDE – Excerpts, Live Performances, 3 & 11 March, 1933, w.Bodanzky Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Frida Leider, Lauritz Melchior, Maria Olszewska, Friedrich Schorr, Gustav Schützendorf, Ludwig Hofmann, Arnold Gabor, Hans Clemens, etc. (Germany) FLG 11031933. The transfers by Christian Zwarg feature sound quality which is primitive, but remarkably clear. Extremely Limited Edition.
“It is Leider who makes the most vivid impression in these excerpts. One is taken by the singular beauty of the voice itself, the melding of noble tone with affective coloration; the two are almost inseparably bound together, the coloration not merely appliquéd for certain effects or at emotive words. In these live performances, Leider’s voice…radiates greater emotional conviction than in many of her admirable recordings….She doesn’t shy from deploying her full, dark sound at the climaxes, but over all she wafts a more fragile, feminine tone.”
- Paul Jackson, SATURDAY AFTERNOONS AT THE OLD MET, pp.35-36