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    Some operas on CDs


















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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Wagner x 2, I wanted to have a Waltraud Meier "venus" so I added the Haitink Tannhauser.....
    How many Wagner operas on CD do you have by now? A million?! (I guess you could ask me the same regarding Handel but that's for another day).

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    How many Wagner operas on CD do you have by now? A million?! (I guess you could ask me the same regarding Handel but that's for another day).



    Just added 2 new Rings Janowski and Haitink at budget prices to above collection, that makes 10
    As far as non Ring operas I have 3-5 versions of the popular ones.....and I am not really a huge Wagner fan

    Looking at your latest UK stimulus injection, Siegfried Wagner ? ? ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post



    Just added 2 new Rings Janowski and Haitink at budget prices to above collection, that makes 10
    As far as non Ring operas I have 3-5 versions of the popular ones.....and I am not really a huge Wagner fan

    Looking at your latest UK stimulus injection, Siegfried Wagner ? ? ?
    DA, what Meistersingers do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post



    Just added 2 new Rings Janowski and Haitink at budget prices to above collection, that makes 10
    As far as non Ring operas I have 3-5 versions of the popular ones.....and I am not really a huge Wagner fan

    Looking at your latest UK stimulus injection, Siegfried Wagner ? ? ?
    Nice! Siegfried W. is on sale. So I give these a try. I like trying out lesser known works and composers for a change every now and then. And I also like collecting ... Hehehe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post



    Just added 2 new Rings Janowski and Haitink at budget prices to above collection, that makes 10
    As far as non Ring operas I have 3-5 versions of the popular ones.....and I am not really a huge Wagner fan

    Looking at your latest UK stimulus injection, Siegfried Wagner ? ? ?
    not a huge Wagner fan!?
    outrageous

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    i just ordered the Kubelik Meistersinger.
    i hope it's as good as it's cracked up to be.
    cant wait to hear it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    i just ordered the Kubelik Meistersinger.
    i hope it's as good as it's cracked up to be.
    cant wait to hear it.
    I love that set! Great feeling of humanity, almost pastoral in nature. All the singers are good; Stewart is kind of gruff as Sachs, but I like him that way, and Konya is youthful and ardent as Walther. Janowitz, of whom I am not usually a big fan, is very good as Eva. I think you will enjoy this version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jephtha View Post
    I love that set! Great feeling of humanity, almost pastoral in nature. All the singers are good; Stewart is kind of gruff as Sachs, but I like him that way, and Konya is youthful and ardent as Walther. Janowitz, of whom I am not usually a big fan, is very good as Eva. I think you will enjoy this version.
    thank you
    i am a huge Meistersinger fan. never tire of it.
    Konya and Janowitz looked too good to pass up.
    and i know Stewart from the Karajan Ring.
    i cant wait to hear Act lll.

    do you have a favorite version of this opera?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    thank you
    i am a huge Meistersinger fan. never tire of it.
    Konya and Janowitz looked too good to pass up.
    and i know Stewart from the Karajan Ring.
    i cant wait to hear Act lll.

    do you have a favorite version of this opera?
    I am a sucker for Elisabeth Grümmer, so I like the Kempe Berlin set on EMI, also because I love Kempe. Rudolf Schock is a trial, though(and not in a good way!)as Walther, and I find Frantz rather bland and generic as Sachs. I like the Kempe Dresden set from 1951, but Lemnitz was caught too late and I am not really an Aldenhoff fan. The Keilberth from the '60's is pretty good, but I just can't take the sound of Otto Wiener's voice. The Karajan Dresden set with Kollo and Donath as Walther and Eva would be almost ideal except for Adam as Sachs(too gritty; this wasn't really his role) and Geraint Evans as Beckmesser: he does the usual 'bad singing' shtick and I am allergic to it. I have a soft spot for the Solti Vienna set as this was my first Meistersinger as a kid, and Bailey and Weikl are fantastic, but Kollo is off form and I find Bode unlistenable. I don't know the Solti Chicago set. I like the Jochum, except for Ligendza, whom I find generic and anonymous. Heppner is fabulous on the Sawallisch, maybe the best recorded Walther next to Domingo, at least for beauty of tone, but Studer's vocal troubles are woefully apparent, and the conducting is a little faceless. Weikl is out of his depth here as Sachs, IMO. I think overall, now that you have me considering the question, the Kubelik is my fave. Thanks for letting me ramble; we oldsters have a tendency to do that!

    Edit: I just remembered the live Vienna set under Fritz Reiner: essential for Irmgard Seefried's Eva, witty and vulnerable. Eva was her debut role in Vienna in 1943, rather unusual for a singer whose usual fach was Susanna, Zerlina and Pamina.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jephtha View Post
    I am a sucker for Elisabeth Grümmer, so I like the Kempe Berlin set on EMI, also because I love Kempe. Rudolf Schock is a trial, though(and not in a good way!)as Walther, and I find Frantz rather bland and generic as Sachs. I like the Kempe Dresden set from 1951, but Lemnitz was caught too late and I am not really an Aldenhoff fan. The Keilberth from the '60's is pretty good, but I just can't take the sound of Otto Wiener's voice. The Karajan Dresden set with Kollo and Donath as Walther and Eva would be almost ideal except for Adam as Sachs(too gritty; this wasn't really his role) and Geraint Evans as Beckmesser: he does the usual 'bad singing' shtick and I am allergic to it. I have a soft spot for the Solti Vienna set as this was my first Meistersinger as a kid, and Bailey and Weikl are fantastic, but Kollo is off form and I find Bode unlistenable. I don't know the Solti Chicago set. I like the Jochum, except for Ligendza, whom I find generic and anonymous. Heppner is fabulous on the Sawallisch, maybe the best recorded Walther next to Domingo, at least for beauty of tone, but Studer's vocal troubles are woefully apparent, and the conducting is a little faceless. Weikl is out of his depth here as Sachs, IMO. I think overall, now that you have me considering the question, the Kubelik is my fave. Thanks for letting me ramble; we oldsters have a tendency to do that!

    Edit: I just remembered the live Vienna set under Fritz Reiner: essential for Irmgard Seefried's Eva, witty and vulnerable. Eva was her debut role in Vienna in 1943, rather unusual for a singer whose usual fach was Susanna, Zerlina and Pamina.
    Not rambling at all. i could talk Meistersingers all day.
    i agree with everything you've said.
    the Karajan stereo and Solti CSO are my current favorites,
    but i love the older Solti and Sawallisch too.

    i also like Dieskau on the Jochum, which most folks dont.
    i grew up with the Jochum set so thats been a favorite for a long time too.

    my next set will be the Knappertbusch set. its supposed to be one of the best.

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    well friends, i did it.
    i ordered the Knappertsbusch Meistersinger.
    its supposed to be a great one.
    fantastic cast. cant wait to get it!!
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    well friends, i did it.
    i ordered the Knappertsbusch Meistersinger.
    its supposed to be a great one.
    fantastic cast. cant wait to get it!!
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    WOW! That IS a great cast! Let us know how it is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jephtha View Post
    WOW! That IS a great cast! Let us know how it is!
    i certainly will Jephtha.

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    Schigs mentioned Dr Faust (Busoni version) in another thread and I have been waiting for low price to get new Damrau "abduction" both were about $12 used each

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