Wagner: Tristan und Isoldeby Wilhelm Furtwangler
With Tristan und Isolde, Richard Wagner (1813-83) created opera's most sublime romantic tragedy, a combination of erotic intrigue, philosophical profundity, and musical perfection that enchants listeners. Unfortunately, singers are so horrendously tested by the composer's demands that the tenor the role of Tristan was written for collapsed and died shortly after the opera's 1865 premiere. This perhaps explains why, in 1952, EMI entrusted the role of Isolde to Kirsten Flagstad, the supreme Wagner soprano, who was not long from retirement. Flagstad validates her claims to immortality by singing an absolutely stunning Isolde, full of the majesty and incandescence many sopranos can only aspire to. Conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, just a few years from his own death, is the perfect Tristan conductor; in the "Liebestod" he and Flagstad reach heights of musical inspiration that have to be heard to be believed.
- Release Date:
- Warner Classics
- Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90
Performance CreditsWilhelm Furtwangler Primary Artist
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