Otello  (Furtwangler;  Ramon Vinay, Paul Schoffler, Dragica Martinis, Anton Dermota, Josef Greindl)  (2-EMI 65751)
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Otello  (Furtwangler;  Ramon Vinay, Paul Schoffler, Dragica Martinis, Anton Dermota, Josef Greindl)  (2-EMI 65751)
OP0414. OTELLO, Live Performance, 7 Aug., 1951, Salzburg, w.Furtwängler Cond. Vienna Staatsoper Ensemble; Ramon Vinay, Paul Schöffler, Dragica Martinis, Anton Dermota, Josef Greindl, etc. (E.U.) 2-EMI 65751, w.Libretto-Brochure. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 724356575127

CRITIC REVIEW:

“I came to this recording with high expectations and a good deal of excitement. After all, it’s Furtwängler’s legendary Salzburg OTELLO, the maestro’s only recording of an Italian opera. The most German of conductors meeting the most Italian of composers; surely a recipe for something exciting and endlessly interesting….There are moments when it is exciting and interesting to have Furtwängler there. The most striking thing about his vision is the slow, expansive pall that he casts over the score. There is nothing wrong with this in itself, and he is a skilled enough conductor to know when to tighten and when to release the tension….Only occasionally, though, did I feel that this was used to serve a suitable dramatic purpose. The opening storm is one example, which broods with volcanic gloom, or the Oath Duet, which carries with it an air of almost Wagnerian fatalism….”

- Simon Thompson, MusicWebInternational