Der fliegende Holländer
Studio recording in stereo
February, 1991
Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
DalandHans Sotin
SentaCheryl Studer
ErikPlácido Domingo
MaryUta Priew
SteuermannPeter Seiffert
HolländerBernd Weikl
Staatskapelle Berlin
Chor der Berliner Staatsoper
Deutsche Grammophon, 437 778-2 2 CDs DDD
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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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