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Subject: Re: "Tristan" Recordings
From: "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max D. Winter
Date:Wed, 3 Jan 2018 22:26:20 -0500

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Vesna wrote:

"There are other CD issues that do not mix these two performances from
London. Reiner conducted it in 1936 and Beecham in 1937. The Beecham '37
live recording has two Branganes (Klose and Branzell) and two Kurwenals
(Janssen and  Schoeffler) because different acts were recorded on 2
different nights. The rest of the cast is the same on both occasions."

The best remastering of the Beecham performance(s) by far is by Immortal Performances.

Whenever you want an archival recording, check that label out first to see if they have it.  IP 
sets the standard in that field, not only in terms of sound but also presentation.  Richard 
Caniell is a miracle worker.  

IP also has issued two Flagstad/Melchior Tristans from the Met.  Again, Caniell's IP 
remasterings are leagues beyond what is available on other labels.  He has even managed 
to make Flagstad's first Met Tristan broadcast, from March 1935, sound listenable.  And a 
great performance it is, right at the start of her international career when the voice was 
fresh as a daisy.  (This performance was just over a month after her Met debut as 


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