|Der fliegende Holländer|
Studio recording in stereo
|Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli|
Chor der Berliner Staatsoper
Review by JinWoo, Lee|
The most powerful performance ever heard! The cast, including singers,
choir and orchestra, are located same distance from the microphone. So
if you increase the volume, you will soon be tired with this performance.
Sinopoli's conducting is not conventional, but little similar with 1970's
Bayreuth recording conducted by Karl Böhm. Slow performance but not
boring because of tension from Act 1 to finale. But unlike Böhm's performance,
Sinopoli used much lubato. You'll not feel any characteristics
of Italian Opera. Bernd Weikl's Holländer is so much warm compared to
Nelsson's Simon Estes who was a very heavy Holländer. Studer's Senta is
beautiful but not powerful compared to Nelsson's. Domingo's Erik is the
most wonderful ever heard. No Erik could be braver than Domingo.
Erik sounds like Siegmund in Walküre. He became a real "Helden Tenor"
at last. The most recommendable scene is the chorus of crews who were
fighting with heavy wave in Act 3. The problem is rhythm. In Holländer,
there are many rhythmical scenes like the chorus of women after "Senta's
Balad" in Act 2 and "the Chorus of crews" at the beginning of Act 3. But
in this CD set, these parts were not rhythmical. The merit of this set is
that Sinopoli makes real German sound, somewhat strict, somewhat heavy,
but somewhat meaningful and broad vision.
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