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Subject: Re: Greatest Wagnerian Sopranos
From: Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:29:10 -0500
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Another vote for Mödl's Isolde, especially in the 1952 Bayreuth
performance. Her range of expression is unrivaled among sopranos who have
recorded the complete role.

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 10:34 AM, Larry T <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I saw Nilsson as Isolde (Met Debut) her three Brünnhilde, Salome, Tosca,
> Turandot, Amelia
> and Aida, and have never been overly fond of her timbre, which I found on
> the coldish side (
> yes, I am one of those). Furthermore, I was never really moved by her
> performances with
> the exception of the Siegfried Brünnhilde. Yes, her Turandot was vocally
> exciting!  My very
> favorite performance of Isolde was Mödl’s. Unlike many here, I loved
> Behrens, Jones, and
> especially Varnay. Weirdly, Stemme has never very much impressed me,  but
> they say that
> one has to hear her in person. I don’t know. Goerke’s Walküre Brünnhilde
> at LOC was
> excellent.
> I adore Flagstad and Leider, of course. But, Lawrence and Traubel were not
> chopped liver.
>
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