Composer(s):
Conductor(s):
Genre(s):
Opera
Period(s):
Romantic
Label:
Orfeo
Catalogue No:
C753084L
Barcode:
4011790753423
Release Date:
03/2017
Available Format(s):
CD

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg)

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Presse conference on 29th of July 2008
Presse conference on 29th of July 2008
Foto: Bayreuther Festspiele/Jörg Schulze
1968 Bayreuth Festival opened with a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg that seemed to be heading for disaster when the central role of Hans Sachs had to be recast after the final dress rehearsal. But Theo Adam struck gold in the scene in his workshop in Act Three and later on the Festival Meadow, dispelling all possible misgivings: in Wolfgang Wagner’s first Bayreuth production of his grandfather’s only mature comedy, Adam created a multifaceted portrait of the cobbler-poet using all the resources of his striking bass-baritone voice, a voice that was penetrating in all its registers, yet also capable of great subtlety. Dame Gwyneth Jones and Theo Adam
Dame Gwyneth Jones and Theo Adam
Foto: Bayreuther Festspiele/Jörg Schulze
Dame Gwyneth Jones and Waldemar Kmentt
Dame Gwyneth Jones and Waldemar Kmentt
Foto: Bayreuther Festspiele/Jörg Schulze
In the covered pit, Karl Böhm brought out the lyric colours and fleeter moments in the score, allowing the other singers, too, – o shine with their young and unspoilt voices. Waldemar Kmentt, for example, had largely been known as a Mozart tenor until then, but as the young knight Walther von Stolzing, his lean tone and ease of emission continue even today to set the highest standards in casting this role. This also served to bring his character closer to that of the apprentice David, heard here in an assumption by Hermin Esser that is far removed from the clichés normally associated with buffo and character tenors. By the same token, it is curious from today’s perspective to find the roles of Eva and the „old maid“ Magdalene sung by Gwyneth Jones and Janis Martin, two singers who, still very young in 1968, went on to become two of the leading hochdramatisch sopranos of their generation. (It should be added parenthetically that there is nothing in the least „curious“ about their singing of these roles in the present release.) The pedantic town clerk is sung by the English baritone Thomas Hemsley with clear diction and an unusually lyrical baritonal colour, while many of the remaining Masters include eminent names such as Günther Treptow, Sebastian Feiersinger and William Johns, representing three generations of „heavy“ heldentenor voices. No less worthy of mention are two of the foremost German basses of the 20th century: Karl Ridderbusch, already auditioning for the part of Hans Sachs in his delivery of Pogner’s testing address, and Kurt Moll as the Night Watchman – proof of the fact that in Bayreuth this secondary role has long been cast with an eye to the future. The Bayreuth Festival Orchestra – as so often on magnificent form – and the Festival’s fully committed chorus contribute to the rounded impression left by this live recording from 1968.

The recording was presented during a press conference in Bayreuth on 29th of July with Dame Gwyneth Jones, Theo Adam and Waldemar Kmentt taking part.


Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg)
1.     Act I Scene 1: Prelude
09:07
2.     Act I Scene 1: Da zu dir der Heiland kam (Chorus)
03:09
3.     Act I Scene 1: Verweilt! Ein Wort! (Walther, Eva, Magdalene)
04:39
4.     Act I Scene 1: Da bin ich! (David, Magdalene, Walther, Eva)
04:00
5.     Act I Scene 2: David, was stehst? (Apprentices, David, Walther)
02:02
6.     Act I Scene 2: Mein Herr! der Singer Meister-Schlag (David, Walther)
02:44
7.     Act I Scene 2: Der Meister Ton' und Weisen (David, Walther, Lehrlingen)
09:35
8.     Act I Scene 3: Seid meiner Treue wohl versehen (Pogner, Beckmesser, Walther, Sachs, Vogelsang, Nachtigall)
04:08
9.     Act I Scene 3: Zu einer Freiung und Zunftberatung (Kothner, Pogner, Vogelsang, Ortel, Zorn, Nachtigall, Moser, Apprentices, David, Eisslinger, Foltz, Schwarz)
02:40
10.     Act I Scene 3: Das schöne fest, Johannistag (Pogner, Meister, Sachs, Kothner, Beckmesser)
06:04
11.     Act I Scene 3: Verzeiht, vielleicht schon ginget ihr zu weit (Sachs, Meister, Kothner, Beckmesser, Chorus)
05:15
12.     Act I Scene 3: Dacht' ich mir's doch! (Beckmesser, Die Meister, Kothner, Pogner, Nachtigall, Sachs)
02:23
13.     Act I Scene 3: Am stillen Herd in Winterszeit (Walther, Sachs, Beckmesser, Kothner, Vogelsang, Nachtigall)
07:24
14.     Act I Scene 3: Was euch zum Liede Richt' und Schnur (Kothner, Walther, Beckmesser)
02:55
15.     Act I Scene 3: Fanget an! (Walther)
03:18
16.     Act I Scene 3: Seid ihr nun fertig? (Beckmesser, Walther, Pogner, Kothner, Meister)
02:15
17.     Act I Scene 3: Halt! Meister! Nicht so geeilt! (Sachs, Beckmesser, Nachtigall, Kothner, Pogner, Meister, Walther, David, Chorus)
07:25

Disc 2

1.     Act II Scene 1: Johannistag! Johannistag! (Apprentices, David, Magdalene, Sachs)
03:54
2.     Act II Scene 2: Lass seh'n, ob Meister Sachs zu Haus? (Pogner, Eva, Magdalene)
05:13
3.     Act II Scene 3: Zeig her - 's ist gut (Sachs, David)
01:02
4.     Act II Scene 3: Was duftet doch der Flieder (Sachs)
05:39
5.     Act II Scene 4: Gut'n Abend, Meister! (Eva, Sachs, Magdalene)
08:39
6.     Act II Scene 4: Das dacht' ich wohl! (Sachs, Magdalene, Eva)
01:57
7.     Act II Scene 5: Da ist er! (Eva, Magdalene, Walther)
03:54
8.     Act II Scene 5: Geliebter, spare den Zorn! (Eva, Magdalene, Walther, Nachtwachter)
01:55
9.     Act II Scene 5: Uble Dinge, die ich da merk' (Sachs, Walther, Eva)
01:38
10.     Act II Scene 6: Tu's nicht! Doch horch! (Eva, Walther, Sachs)
01:02
11.     Act II Scene 5: Jerum! Jerum! (Sachs, Beckmesser, Walther, Eva)
05:05
12.     Act II Scene 6: Das Fenster geht auf (Beckmesser, Eva, Walther, Sachs)
07:41
13.     Act II Scene 5: Den Tag seh' ich erscheinen (Beckmesser, Sachs)
04:01
14.     Act II Scene 6: Will heut' mir das Herz hupfen (Beckmesser, Sachs, Nachbarn, David, MAgdalene, Meister, Pogner, Walther, Chorus)
07:45

Disc 3

1.     Act III Scene 1: Prelude
05:17
2.     Act III Scene 1: Gleich, Meister! Hier! (David, Sachs)
03:59
3.     Act III Scene 1: Am Jordan Sankt Johannes stand (David, Sachs)
05:13
4.     Act III Scene 1: Wahn! Wahn! (Sachs)
07:18
5.     Act III Scene 2: Gruss' Gott, mein Junker! (Sachs, Walther)
04:06
6.     Act III Scene 2: Mein Freund! in holder Jugendzeit (Sachs, Walther)
04:31
7.     Act III Scene 2: Morgenlich leuchtend in rosigem Schein (Beckmesser, Meister, Volk, Kothner, Nachtigall, Vogelgesang, Gesang, Folz)
06:58
8.     Act III Scene 2: Freund, Euer Traumbild (Sachs, Walther)
02:59
9.     Act III Scene 3: Ein Werbelied! (Beckmesser, Sachs)
06:50
10.     Act III Scene 3: Das Gedicht? Hier liess ich's (Sachs, Beckmesser)
07:21
11.     Act III Scene 4: Sieh' Ev'chen! Dacht' ich doch, wo sie blieb'! (Sachs, Eva)
04:06
12.     Act III Scene 4: Weilten die Sterne im lieblichen Tanz? (Walther, Sachs)
03:39
13.     Act III Scene 4: O Sachs! Mein Freund! (Eva, Sachs)
03:40

Disc 4

1.     Act III Scene 4: Ein Kind ward hier geboren (Sachs)
03:39
2.     Act III Scene 4: Selig, wie die Sonne (Eva, Sachs, Walther, David, Magdalene)
04:34
3.     Act III Scene 4: Nun Junker! Kommt! (Sachs)
01:46
4.     Act III Scene 5: Sankt Crispin, lobet ihn! (Schuster, SChneider, Backer, Chorus)
04:14
5.     Act III Scene 5: Ihr tanzt? Was werden die Meister sagen? (David, Chorus)
05:36
6.     Act III Scene 5: Wach' auf (Chorus)
02:18
7.     Act III Scene 5: Euch macht ihr's leicht (Sachs, Pogner, Beckmesser, Kothner)
05:13
8.     Act III Scene 5: Zum Teufel! Wie wackelig! (Beckmesser, Kothner, Chorus)
01:44
9.     Act III Scene 5: Morgen ich leuchte in rosigem Schein (Beckmesser, Meister, Kothner, Nachtigall, Ortel, Chorus)
04:00
10.     Act III Scene 5: Das Lied, furwahr, ist nicht von mir (Sachs, Meister, Chorus)
04:08
11.     Act III Scene 5: Morgenlich leuchtend im rosigen Schein (Walther, Meister, Sachs, Pogner, Eva, Chorus)
07:27
12.     Act III Scene 5: Verachtet mir die Meister nicht (Sachs, Chorus)
06:50

Total Playing Time: 04:15:54