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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

It's Time for Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer

It was 1843 and Richard Wagner was conducting at Dresden's Semperoper the premiere of his Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman). There have been famous recordings during the years, starting with the one made in 1936 at the same Semperoper. A recording from 1944 (at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich) keeps the voice of Viorica Ursuleac, a great Romanian soprano; her husband, Clemens Krauss, was conducting (speaking about Viorica Ursuleac, she was Richard Strauss's favorite soprano, and he called her die treueste aller Treuen - the most faithful of all the faithful - and she truly remained faithful all her life to his operas).

Here is another famous recording of The Flying Dutchman: the Overture, played byLondon's New Philharmonia Orchestra with Otto Klemperer conducting. Just enjoy!

Der fliegende Holländer Ouverture: Part 1/2
(video by Barbebleuei)

Der fliegende Holländer Ouverture: Part 2/2
(video by Barbebleuei)

(It's Time for Wagner)



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