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Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer - Klemperer

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer - Klemperer

Warner Music (Japan)  WPGS-10037/8 (2 discs)

Stereo Single Layer

Classical - Opera


Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer

Theo Adam (Dutchman)
Anja Silja (Senta)
Martti Talvela (Daland)
Ernst Kozub (Erik)
Annelies Burmeister (Mary)
Gerhard Unger (Steersman)
BBC Chorus
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Otto Klemperer (conductor)

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Comment by Athenaeus - May 12, 2020 (1 of 1)

I finally got around to buying this set. I don't own any previous versions on CD or vinyl so I can't judge how good a job the engineers have done preparing this particular remastering. But judging this SACD without considering previous versions, one can't help but be slightly disappointed. I found the sound lacks detail and tends to break down in the fortissimo passages. I don't know whether the problem is with the way these sessions were originally recorded or whether it's the master tapes that are showing their age. Of course, this is performance any Wagnerite must own but I wonder whether, in this case, it was worth paying extra for the SACD version. (The latest CD version uses the same remastering as this SACD.)

Has anybody had a chance to compare the SACD with any previous releases?