Monday, June 05, 2006

Der fliegende Holländer

I am listening to Otto Klemperer's 1968 recording of Der fliegende Holländer, which is probably the best single recording of this opera. Klemperer is still Klemperer, and there isn't much emotion outside of that which the score and singers introduce. However, I think that Klemperer makes a case for Der fliegende Holländer being one of Wagner's best operas. He did return to the love-saves-all motif time and time again. The musical language is far more traditional in Der fliegende Holländer, but that doesn't much diminish it.

Just a thought as I do other things.


At 1:32 AM, Blogger Terry said...

That is the only version I listen to.

At 10:32 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Smith said...

Solti and Levine turned in decent versions, but Klemperer's is most assuredly the finest on disc.

At 2:07 AM, Blogger Terry said...

I agree. If there is one thing I do, I don't listen to versions that don't interest me. This begs the question: what is is about the Karajan Ring that I find attractive. Otherwise, we actually hold very similar views on Wagner recordings.

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Patrick J. Smith said...

The Penitent Wagnerite has its doubts about that last statement.

At 9:19 PM, Blogger Terry said...

That is true. You're a Boulez boy, as far as Parsifal goes. Janowski for the Ring, at last comment. I'm still a Solti boy for the Ring, and a Knap for Parsifal.

At 11:35 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Smith said...

Since you'll undoubtedly run and tell Herr Paris to what he should listen to get better acquainted with Kultur as opposed to his unfortunate predilection for couture, I'll post my favorites.

At 3:33 PM, Blogger Terry said...

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At 3:36 PM, Blogger Terry said...

I keep Paris and Wagner seperated. I think it would be better to indulge his taste in all things French. I leave all things Victorian to Morgan, and I'll keep Kultur to myself.

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Smith said...

The Penitent Wagnerite prefers to maintain its absolute mastery over all things.

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