V1572. FRIDA LEIDER: Frida Leider Live in New York and Bayreuth, incl. Götterdämmerung – Excerpts, Live Performance, July, 1934, Bayreuth, w.Elmendorff Cond. Bayreuth Ensemble; Frida Leider & Max Lorenz; Die Walküre – Excerpts, Live Performance, 6 Aug., 1934, w.Elmendorff Cond. Bayreuth Ensemble; Frida Leider, Maria Müller & Rudolf Bockelmann; Die Walküre – Excerpts, Live Performance, 3 Feb., 1934, Met Opera, w.Bodanzky Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Frida Leider, Gertrude Kappel, Paul Althaus, Emanuel List & Ludwig Hofmann. (Germany) 2–FLG 1933434. Transfers by Christian Zwarg. Extremely Limited Edition.
“…one cannot ignore the lovely warmth of [Leider’s] voice. Best of all are the astonishing trills, each note distinctly separate and evenly articulated, with color intact. One would have to reach back to Lilli Lehmann (perhaps Nordica) at the turn of the century to duplicate them. And how lovingly she articulates the text as she asks Wotan to confide in her – the words remain a part of the legato, yet the meaning is perfectly sounded. Leider’s vocal style and the voice itself represent a centrality which enables one to respond without reservation to her portrayals….Brünnhilde’s final plea to surround her exposed rock is passionately and nobly limned….Kappel hurls out the climactic phrases of ‘O hehrstes Wunder’ with tones of silvery splendor in response to the equally passionate Leider. The encounter is fascinating in its flaming intensity.”
- Paul Jackson, SATURDAY AFTERNOONS AT THE OLD MET, p.43