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Subject: Re: Noteworthy Opera/Vocal Reissues
From: Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:47:14 -0700

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More Blu-Ray Audio reissues announced recently, mostly shipping in June:

Strauss: Elektra (Solti/NIlsson, Collier, Resnick)
Strauss: Salome (Solti/Nilsson, Wächter, Stolze)
Beethoven: Fidelio (Bernstinein/Janowitz, Kollo, Sotin)
Wagner; Tristan und Isolde (Böhm/Nilsson, Windgassen)
Verdi: La Traviata (C. Kleiber/Cotrubas, Domingo, Milnes)

These are all the audio only studio recordings (well, except for the “Tristan”) that have been available on Decca and DGG.

The only one I’m not rushing to order is the “Traviata” as the DGG surround sound SACD I have sounds very satisfying.

Max Paley

> On Apr 25, 2017, at 9:24 PM, ls111553 . <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I will dust off my SOTA for some A-B testing as soon as the Walküre SACD arrives from Japan. I also have the Solti Act III London blueback (I used to browse for hours at the Princeton Record Exchange, long before eBay), which I find to have been very nicely remastered as part of the Decca Legends series, but of course, it would be a treat to have it on SACD or Blu-ray. I'll take a mature Flagstad over ten teenaged Deborah Voigts any time!
> Your listing of coming attractions is very exciting, specially the Beecham - VDLA Carmen and the Kna Parsifal.
> If I had any pull with Universal, I would suggest a Blu-ray set of the complete Ataúlfo Argenta stereo recordings, not just the España (available on SACD from both Universal and AP), but also the excellent material recorded by Decca in Madrid, not released on CD outside Spain (pretty decent remasterings, by the way). This includes the Concierto de Aranjuez with Narciso Yepes, the complete Goyescas and Master Peter's Puppet Show, among others. Not too likely, but one can dream!
> On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 10:08 PM Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
> > On Apr 25, 2017, at 8:38 AM, ls111553 . <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
> >
> >
> > By the way, a very promising new release from Universal Records Japan is
> > the Knapperstbusch - Flagstad Act I of Die Walküre. This is an eternal
> > favorite of mine, as it pretty much got me interested in the Ring, many,
> > many moons ago. My London "blue back" LP, bought second hand in the 1980s,
> > was joined by the Decca Classic Sound CD remastering in the early 1990s.
> > This edition has always seemed OK to me, but I could not resist pulling the
> > trigger on the pricey ($57) Universal single-layer SACD. Maybe this will be
> > released domestically as a hybrid SACD by Analogue Productions, but
> > Universal SACDs are published in very limited releases and I did not want
> > to risk missing this very special recording in what I hope will be its best
> > sounding version.
> >
> The “Walküre” Act 1 on SACD sounds quite fine, but somehow doesn’t have the sheer impact of the LP. That one, with the sheer forcefulness of gut hitting string on that opening, is still very powerful. I know some people found Flagstad’s Sieglinde in her early 60’s too matronly, but I think she’s wonderful - the voice flooding the speakers. She also, bless her soul, manages to keep the words on the right order in her “Der Männer Sippe” narrative “O fänd ich ihn heut und hier den Freund” not being afraid of the the “eee” sound on the high A, as she also maintains it exclaiming him to be “Siegmund” on that same note, rather than that all too frequently heard “Saagmund.”
> I do hope they’ll also issue Act 3 under Solti, although my LPs still sound mighty find on that too.
> I wouldn’t hold my breath for Analog Productions to release any opera.
> Other new issues coming out on SACD but not yet released include, from Warner in Japan, the Giulini “Don Giovanni,” Beecham “Carmen” and Klemperer “Magic Flute.” Also, Universal in Japan is releasing the Knappertsbusch stereo (1962) Bayreuth “Parsifal” on SACD.
> Max Paley

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