Wagner Meistersinger

Cluytens, Neidlinger, Greindl, Fritz Uhl, Geisler - Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2008)

Cluytens, Neidlinger, Greindl, Fritz Uhl, Geisler - Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2008)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 04:31:25 | 653 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Walhall Eternity Series | Catalog: WLCD 0214

This recording of a live performance of MEISTERSINGER from Bayreuth 1957 definitely merits five stars. For those of you who don't already know this, Gustav Neidlinger (PeaceBeUponHim) was the undisputed master of Wagner's "howling-and-spitting" villain roles, Alberich and Klingsor, from the early 1950s until the mid 1970s. He sang with unmatched sulfur, cannon-ball density, huge volume, dark tone, and powerful dramatic interpretation. He sang more spontaneously and from-the-gut than most singers. He was the first of his generation to sing these roles with musical line and connected legato, rather than as a series of isolated shouts, grunts, and bellowings. He was typecast for these villainous roles as soon as he set foot on the stage, and almost never performed as a good-guy.
Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Sebastian Weigle) (2010) [Blu-Ray]

Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Sebastian Weigle) (2010) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 13996 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 306 min | 45,0 Gb
Audio1: German / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4376 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish

Ostensibly Richard Wagner's opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg tells a humorous tale about artistically inclined craftsmen. Goldsmith Veit Pogner promises his daughter Eva's hand in marriage to the winner of a song contest, to which three men are potentially eligible. But upon closer inspection, what is at first glance a harmless farce in a middle-class setting emerges as a profound social analysis. Wagner uses his protagonists to show how a community deals with tradition and those who break with it and just how much innovation and deviation from the norm it can tolerate - as well as to examine what value society places, and should place, on art. "'Meistersinger' that's on an entirely new Wagnerian scale…it is full of smart ideas and moments of effective theater." (The Washington Post)
Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Horst Stein) (2006/1984)

Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Horst Stein) (2006/1984)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.67 Gb+7.27 Gb (2xDVD9) | 267 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Staged and directed by Richard Wagner's grandson Wolfgang at the Bayreuther Festspiele in 1984, this production of Wagner's only comedy dispenses with the common cliches to reveal the humanity of each character. Here, Beckmesser is no longer a foolish caricature but a cultivated intellectual; Stolzing emerges as a thoughtful individual rather than aggressive aristocret; and Hans Sachs sheds his solemn patriarchal veneer to become a likeable middle-aged man. “Hermann Prey´s interpretation of Beckmesser as a cultivated intellectual is a triumph of dramatic and vocal artistry: a stunning performance . . . Brilliant . . . Bernd Weikl as Sachs – an almost unique combination of musical refinement and expressive power.” (Abendzeitung, Munich)
Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Vladimir Jurowski) (2012)

Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Vladimir Jurowski) (2012)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.46 Gb+7.69 Gb (2xDVD9) | 280 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch

English-speaking audiences have always found Die Meistersinger to be a life-enhancing celebration of wisdom, art and song. So it proves in David McVicar's production – the first at Glyndebourne – which is updated to the early-19th century of Wagner's childhood. At the centre of a true ensemble cast is Gerald Finley, a 'gleamingly sung', 'eminently believable' Sachs (The Independent on Sunday), supported by the dynamic conducting of Vladimir Jurowski which, like McVicar's production, uses Glyndebourne's special intimacy to bring sharp focus to bear on the subtlety of Wagner's musical and dramatic counterpoint.
Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (James Levine) [2004]

Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (James Levine) [2004]
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR Auto Pan&Scan | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch), (DTS, 5 ch), (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.81 Gb +7.26 Gb (2*DVD9)
Classical | Label: DG | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese | +3% Recovery | 292 min

This Meistersinger, Otto Schenk’s Metropolitan Opera production that premiered in 1993, is an old friend. I’ve seen it four times over the past decade and hope that the Met’s powers-that-be choose to keep it around for a lot longer. It’s a visual feast—warmly lit like an old master painting, the sets and costumes sumptuously detailed… If you are building a Wagner video collection, this one’s a must. Andrew Quint, FANFARE
Wagner and the Wonder of Art: An Introduction to Die Meistersinger

Wagner and the Wonder of Art: An Introduction to Die Meistersinger by M. Owen Lee
English | Dec. 15, 2007 | ISBN: 0802098576 | 152 Pages | PDF | 773.28 KB

Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger has always called forth superlatives from those who have fallen under its spell.
Richard Wagner - Orchestral Music from the Operas (Klaus Tennstedt) (2005)

Richard Wagner - Orchestral Music from the Operas (Rienzi, Tannhauser, Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg,
Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried, Gotterdammerung) (Klaus Tennstedt) (2005)

Classical | Eac. Flac, Tracks+Cue, Log | Scans | 420.01 MB
Label: EMI | TT: 1:37:12

When these discs were originally released singly in the early '80s, they were not only marvelous recordings of the purely orchestral music from Wagner's operas, they announced the arrival of a marvelous new conductor. At the time, Klaus Tennstedt was known only as the conductor of several astonishingly good recordings of Mahler's symphonies, but his abilities in the standard repertoire were as yet unknown. But with these two discs of recordings with the Berlin Philharmonic, Tennstedt proved that his Mahler was no accident. Indeed, so strong, so central, and so overwhelmingly compelling are his Wagner recordings that his Mahler recordings seem almost accidental. In the disc of excerpts from the Ring operas, Tennstedt is at once immensely dramatic, ecstatically lyrical, and profoundly musical. In the disc of preludes and overtures from Tannhäuser, Rienzi, Lohengrin, and Meistersinger, Tennstedt is at once intensely concentrated, widely expansive, and deeply human. Aided by the super-virtuoso playing of the Berlin Philharmonic and the stupendous impact of EMI's early digital, Tennstedt's Wagner was as fine or finer than any of his contemporaries and nearly in the same league as his predecessors.
Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg / Ludwig, Tozzi (1970)

Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg / Ludwig, Tozzi (1970)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | MPEG-2 | German (Dolby Digital Mono) | 5% recovery | 14,5 GB (2 x DVD5)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Language: German | Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish | 240 minutes | Filesonic, Fileserve, Rapidshare
The 1970 film version of Richard Wagner's opera Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg is based on a staging by the director Leopold Lindtberg, for which Herbert Kirchhoff designed the set and Rudolf Heinrich the costumes. Leopold Ludwig conducts the chorus of the Hamburg State Opera and the Philharmonic Hamburg State Orchestra.
Otto Klemperer - Otto Klemperer as a Bach-Wagner conductor: Live in Budapest 1948-1950 (2003)

Otto Klemperer - Otto Klemperer as a Bach-Wagner conductor: Live in Budapest 1948-1950 (2003)
Johann Sebastian Bach - Magnificat BWV 243, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 BWV 1050; Richard Wagner - Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 291 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 215 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hungaroton Classic | # HCD 32175 | Time: 01:17:16

Hardly anybody will dispute that Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) was one of the most remarkable conductors of the last century. During his Budapest guest performances between the two World Wars he had already been given an enthusiastic reception by the audience and the musical profession alike. Not only his interpretation of the Viennese classical and romantic repertoire met with recognition but that of modern Hungarian music as well. For example, when conducting the premiere of Bartok’s Second Piano Concerto at the head of the Budapest Concert Orchestra Bartok, who was usually grudging of praise, declared that he could not imagine a more consummate performance of the orchestral part. Klemperer lived and worked in Hungary between 1947 and 1950 without a break, conducting the orchestra of the Opera in the first place and appearing on stage in concerts with symphonic orchestras. His interpretations of Bach’s and Wagner’s works on the present CD date from this period.
Wagner Outside the Ring: Essays on the Operas, Their Performance and Their Connections with Other Arts

Wagner Outside the Ring: Essays on the Operas, Their Performance and Their Connections with Other Arts by John Louis Digaetani
English | Aug 28, 2009 | ISBN: 0786434007 | 272 Pages | PDF | 5 MB

Designed as a companion volume to 2006's Inside the Ring, which focused on the four operas comprising Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, this new volume features more than a dozen original essays focusing on all of Wagner's non-Ring operas. Part One looks at the individual operas, including Der Fliegende Hollander, Tannhauser, Lohengrin, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, and Parsifal. P