Die Walkure  (Furtwangler Cond. La Scala Ensemble;  Flagstad, Treptow, Frantz, Weber, Hongen, Hilde Konetzni)  (3-Archipel 0414)
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Die Walkure  (Furtwangler Cond. La Scala Ensemble;  Flagstad, Treptow, Frantz, Weber, Hongen, Hilde Konetzni)  (3-Archipel 0414)
OP0261. DIE WALKÜRE, Live Performance, 1950, Milano, w.Furtwängler Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Flagstad, Treptow, Frantz, Weber, Höngen, Hilde Konetzni, etc. (Germany) 3-Archipel 0414. Improved sound over former Gebhardt issue. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 4035122404142

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“Wilhelm Furtwängler's only live opera house recording of the complete RING is indispensable for serious Wagnerians. Furtwangler's conducting is incandescent. His command of structure is awesome; you sense the long, overarching lines of each of the operas even as you revel in telling details. The big moments have tremendous power, but also a nobility that often eludes Wagnerians. Time and again Furtwängler draws sounds from the orchestra and portrayals from his singers that reveal key passages in a new light, and he inspires his cast members to outdo themselves. Kirsten Flagstad, though a bit past her prime, is a magnificent Brünnhilde, with warmer timbre and more pointed phrasing than heard on her earlier recordings. Gunter Treptow is a fine Siegmund .”

- Dan Davis





“Furtwängler, in particular, has an extraordinarily architectural sense of shape and brings an intensity to his phrasing unmatched by any rival. Wagner’s eighth and sixteenth notes dance bewitchingly without any smudging or rushing, yet often his tempi are either the same or only marginally slower than those of the [other conductors]. His 1954 studio recording, although impressive, seems a little flat and studied in comparison.”

- Ralph Moore