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Itullian
February 11th, 2013, 02:49 PM
With all the new Wagner boxes coming out and myself being a big Wagner fan, I thought it might be fun to make up our own boxes with our own picks for each of the 10 major operas.

So, what would be in your Wagner box? :)

Florestan
March 7th, 2018, 10:46 PM
With all the new Wagner boxes coming out and myself being a big Wagner fan, I thought it might be fun to make up our own boxes with our own picks for each of the 10 major operas.

So, what would be in your Wagner box? :)

I only know 8 of the big 10 Wagner Operas. I am pretty sure about my favorite for the Ring, Hollander, and Mesitersinger, and will include my favorites among the several Lohengrin and Parsifal recordings that I have:


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Selections subject to change. Almost went Sawallisch (or no that was Klemperer) for the Hollander because Anja Silja is an awesome Senta, but overall I like the Sinopoli set more. If the set I have on order with Lisbeth Balslev rises to the top, I'll have to change things. I'll update as new info becomes available. :)

MAuer
March 11th, 2018, 11:34 AM
I have several Wagner operas on video rather than audio recordings, but were I to assemble a set of audio recordings I know I would like, this is what it would probably look like:

- Der fliegende Holländer
Conductor: Woldemar Nelsson
Cast: Simon Estes, Lisbeth Balslev, Matti Salminen, Robert Schunk, et. al.

- Lohengrin
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Cast: Siegfried Jerusalem, Cheryl Studer, Waltaud Meier, Hartmut Welker, Kurt Moll, et. al.

- Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Cast: Thomas Stewart, Gundula Janowitz, Sandor Konya, Thomas Hemsley, Brigitte Fassbänder, Franz Crass, et. al.

- Parsifal
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Cast: Siegfried Jerusalem, Waltraud Meier, Matthias Hölle, José van Dam, et. al.

- Tannhäuser
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Cast: Klaus König, Lucia Popp, Waltraud Meier, Bernd Weikl, Kurt Moll, et. al. (Siegfried Jerusalem sings Walther von der Vogelweide)

- Tristan und Isolde
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Cast: Siegfried Jerusalem, Waltraud Meier, Marjana Lipovšek, Falk Struckmann, Matti Salminen, et. al.

The Ring Operas

- Das Rheingold
Conductor: James Levine
Cast: James Morris, Christa Ludwig, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Siegfried Jerusalem, Kurt Moll, Heinz Zednik, et. al.

- Die Walküre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Cast: Nina Stemme, René Pape, Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Kampe, Ekaterina Gubanova, et. al.

- Siegfried
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Cast: Siegfried Jerusalem, James Morris, Peter Haage, Eva Marton, Theo Adam, et. al. (Dame Kiri Te Kanawa sings the Forest Bird)

- Götterdämmerung
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Cast: Eva Marton, Siegfried Jerusalem, Sir John Tomlinson, Thomas Hampson, Eva Maria Bundschuh, et. al.

I only have Die Meistersinger in video format with Jerusalem as Walther . . . and another audio recording of Die Walküre with Jerusalem as Siegmund. If that Meistersinger were available in audio format, I could almost have an entire box set of Siegfried Jerusalem in Wagner's operas. :) (I did hear him live as Erik in San Diego around 30 years ago.)

Soave_Fanciulla
March 11th, 2018, 07:52 PM
Certainly nestled in my box set would be:

Lohengrin
Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin), Annette Dasch (Elsa), Susanne Resmark (Ortrud), Gerd Grochowski (Friedrich von Telramund), Markus Brück (Der Heerrufer des Königs), Günther Groissböck (Heinrich der Vogler)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Rundfunkchor Berlin, Marek Janowski

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Die Walküre
Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde), René Pape (Wotan), Jonas Kaufmann (Siegmund), Anja Kampe (Sieglinde), Ekaterina Gubanova (Fricka), Mikhail Petrenko (Hunding), Zhanna Dombrovskaya (Gerhilde), Irina Vasilieva (Ortlinde), Natalia Evstafieva (Waltraute), Lyudmila Kanunnikova (Schwertleite), Tatiana Kravtsova (Helmwige), Ekaterina Sergeeva (Siegrune), Anna Kiknadze (Grimgerde), Elena Vitman (Rossweisse)
Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev

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(for the rest of the ring I'd be torn between Barenboim and Karajan)


Tristan und Isolde
Margaret Price (Isolde), René Kollo (Tristan), Brigitte Fassbaender (Brangaene), Kurt Moll (König Marke), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Kurwenal), Werner Götz (Melot), Anton Dermota (Hirt)
Rundfunkchor Leipzig & Staatskapelle Dresden, Carlos Kleiber

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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Catarina Ligendza, Christa Ludwig, Plácido Domingo, Horst R Laubenthal, Roland Hermann
Chorus & Orchestra of German Opera Berlin, Eugen Jochum

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Florestan
March 11th, 2018, 11:19 PM
Die Walküre
Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde), René Pape (Wotan), Jonas Kaufmann (Siegmund), Anja Kampe (Sieglinde), Ekaterina Gubanova (Fricka), Mikhail Petrenko (Hunding), Zhanna Dombrovskaya (Gerhilde), Irina Vasilieva (Ortlinde), Natalia Evstafieva (Waltraute), Lyudmila Kanunnikova (Schwertleite), Tatiana Kravtsova (Helmwige), Ekaterina Sergeeva (Siegrune), Anna Kiknadze (Grimgerde), Elena Vitman (Rossweisse)
Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev

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I want that set, but can't find one at a reasonable price. Also there were mixed reviews as I recall, but the cast looks great!