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Two for one

Our dear friends over at Opera Depot are slashing prices in half on all their live recordings from the Bayreuth Festival this week.

And there’s a free download of Tristan und Isolde with Birgit Nilsson and Wolfgang Windgassen too!

  • Buster

    Bayreuth cast lists for next year: Isolde is still N.N. Das Merbetchen again sings Senta, so it is probably not her. Jennifer Wilson as Sieglinde:

    http://www.bayreuther-festspiele.de/news/157/details_44.htm

    • siegmund

      Wouldn’t it be better if Wilson and Foster switched roles in Die Walküre and why do they have three Wotan’s?

      • Buster

        Yes, that would make more sense. Great to see her on the roster, though!

        First reviews:

        “Evelyn Herlitzius und Stephen Gould sind ein großartiges Paar; beide vereinen stimmliche Schönheit mit Kondition, Durchschlagskraft mit Differenzierung.”

        http://www.rp-online.de/kultur/musik/wagner-festspiele-tristan-als-wirres-psychodrama-eine-nachtkritik-aus-bayreuth-aid-1.5263732

        “Herlitzius meistert die Isolde-Partie mit einer makellosen Kraft und Ausdauer, wobei die charakteristische Spröde ihrer Stimme die Ecken und Kanten ihrer Figur besonders herausstellt.”

        http://www.welt.de/kultur/article144445329/Tristan-versoehnt-Katharina-Wagner-mit-den-Fans.html

        • siegmund

          Apparently one of the reasons why EMW withdrew from this production is because she doesn’t like Thielemann. The next time she sings Isolde it is with her favorite conductor (Rattle). People on this blog said that Herlitzius had a wobble but i don’t hear a wobble, isn’t a wobble supposed to sound slow (if that makes any sense).

          • Buster

            What is a wobble when rapt in ecstasy?

            • Feldmarschallin

              Buster last night there was this kleinkariertness here too. Well the first reviews are in and the audience loved it but of course there were haters here.

            • Sesto

              A wobble rapt in ecstasy becomes a screech. I think the NY Times summarized the audience response well. They were apprehensive about the production and it turned out better than they thought -- though far from good.

              http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/27/arts/music/review-cheers-but-modest-impact-for-revisionist-tristan.html

              The level of singing at Bayreuth has gotten so poor that the audience is immune to ugly voices.

            • spiderman

              @sesto
              Thank god it is not you who ultimately decides upon ugly-voice or not-ugly-voice.

            • armerjacquino

              Oh cool, who is it? Because I’d run away with the idea that it was, you know, a personal thing.

              I’ve never heard Herlitzius but given what gets dished out to other singers round here, a couple of people saying they find her voice ugly (some of them also lavishly praising her other talents) doesn’t seem too harsh.

            • spiderman

              @armer you ask who it is? Of course everybody for him- or herself. Definitely not Sesto nor some reviewer! If you don’t like a singer. Fine. Say it. But don’t do this stupid generalization.
              According to Herlitzius: ist’s not quite news that she is more of a Kunstdiva than a Stimmdiva -- still there are loads of beautiful moments in her singing, if you (want to) listen closely.

            • phoenix

              I suspect it is really Herlitzius’ bright vocal texture that her detractors really object to. Do they not know the difference between vibrato & wobble? Are they not used to singing on the consonants as well as on the vowels? Perhaps only the Isolde of one of the famous rich-voiced dark-toned crooning sopranos of Slavic extraction will satisfy parterre.com.
              -- It’s been quite a few years since I first heard the performance in the clip below -- just listened to it again now -- ‘still there are loads of beautiful moments in her singing, if you (want to) listen closely.’ So it is now as it was then.

  • Feldmarschallin

    Did you hear her Luft, Luft? I thought she would suffocate right there and then.

    • Buster

      I could not listen, FM, but I still can replay her entire Isolde in my head after that Kosky production. Her silent moments were just as important there as the sung bits, and, yes, that Luft, Luft was truly shocking.

  • Feldmarschallin

    Very Sad. Johannes Martin Kränzle

    Liebe Freunde,
    liebe Besucher meiner Homepage,

    ganz überraschend ist bei mir MDS , eine akute Knochenmarkerkrankung, diagnostiziert worden. (Myelodysplasisches Syndrom)
    ( http://www.mds-patienten-ig.org/myelodysplastische-syndrome )

    Die einzige Heilungschance ist eine Stammzelltransplantation. Dieser Eingriff wird meine ganze Kraft und Geduld fordern, und ich werde der Überwindung dieser Krankheit Zeit und Raum geben.

    Die Spielzeit 2015/16 werde ich deswegen pausieren müssen.

    Sehr ermutigen möchte ich alle, sich als Spender bei der Knochenmarkspenderdatei registieren zu lassen. Spender sein bedeutet, erst eine Speichelprobe abzugeben und im Fall, dann ein Leben retten zu können, meist eine intensive Blutspende.
    http://www.dkms.de

  • umangialaio

    Great, innovative (light and elegant) Alberich in Milan!

    U

  • Feldmarschallin
  • Feldmarschallin

    Der heftige, aber bald abflauende Jubel dieser Eröffnungspremiere der diesjährigen Festspiele konzentriert sich ganz auf die von Evelyn Herlitzius (Isolde) und Stephen Gould (Tristan) angeführten Sänger und den Dirigenten Christian Thielemann.

    Es mag Vokalfetischisten nicht immer überzeugen, was Herlitzius macht, aber was zählt das schon? Diese Isolde ist durch und durch glaubwürdig, eine leidende Frau, die von Wagners Machowelt plattgemacht wird. Vokal reicher präsentiert sich Christa Mayer als eine Brangäne, die die Angst vor den Männern längst verinnerlicht hat, aber heimlich Isoldes Aufbegehren bewundert.

    Aus der SZ Kritik von oben.