Der Fliegende Hollander (2 CD)

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Der Fliegende Hollander (2 CD) - Klemperer, Adam, Silja, Unger, Burnmeister
Release Date: 01/29/2016 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Theo Adam,  Anja Silja,  Martti Talvela,  Ernst Kozub
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  BBC Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 

Klemperer`s is a magisterial interpretation of this work. He by and large justifies some moderate tempos by the way in which he sustains line and emphasizes detail. There is throughout what, in 1968, was called a `blazing intensity` to the reading that brooks no denial. The playing of the New Philharmonia is a bonus throughout. Klemperer catches as convincingly as anyone the elemental feeling of the work, the sense of the sea, basic passions and the interplay of character unerringly adumbrated.

There have been few baritones before or since Theo Adam who have sustained the line of the role so well and so intelligently reached the heart of the matter where the text is concerned. He seemed inspired by Klemperer to give of his considerable best, and I found the results profoundly moving. Silja`s bright, sometimes piercing timbre isn`t to everyone`s taste, but she sings with great conviction. Martti Talvela was in his absolute prime in 1968. Singing magnificently and suggesting a formidable presence, he is a bluff, burly Daland.

The set was carefully produced in the placing of voices against the instruments and the provision of stage effects (breaking waves, spinning wheels, howling winds etc) without these becoming unduly intrusive. The overall sound is a shade on the dry side, but better that than the excessive reverberation on so many opera sets today. This has now to be the recommended version of the work. – Gramophone [2/1990] Reviewing earlier release

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