recomendations for Wagner DVD

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  1. Bikephan

    Bikephan New Friend

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    I would like to purchase some opera DVD's, and I am hoping for some recommendations for particular versions. I would like to pick up some Wagner or Strauss, but if anyone would recommend something else, please jump in.

    Thanks

    Thomas
     
  2. cornetguy

    cornetguy Mezzo Forte User

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    The Met has released quite a few of the telecasts on DVD and VHS. Not sure 100% whether these are out there or not

    The Ring
    Meistersinger
    Parsifal
    Tristan und Isolde

    Strauss

    Rosenkavelier
    Elektra

    Verdi

    Don Carlo?
    Stiffelo (gorgous trumpet solo in prelude)
    Falstaff
    Otello

    Puccini

    Not sure but wouldnt be surprised if

    Madama Butterfly
    Turondot

    are out

    The San Fransico Turondot is also quite good.

    Mozart

    Marriage of Figaro
    Cosi fan Tutti
    Don Givonni
    Magic Flute(also all with the Met)

    Know there is quite a bit out there with covent garden and the Vienna State Opera that I would imgine to be pretty good but no direct experience with them.

    Also just got Romeo and Juliet from the Bolshoi it is quite good and fasinating to see the piece on stage

    Hope this helps
     
  3. JJ

    JJ Pianissimo User

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    Here are some of my favorites:

    Wagner
    Parsifal, Met/Levine
    Der Fliegende Hollaender, Bayreuth/Nelson

    The Met's Ring cycle will always have a special place in my heart, since (in my poorer student days) I actually stood through the whole thing on consecutive Saturdays. I haven't bought The Met's Meistersinger yet, but it has gotten outstanding reviews.

    Strauss
    I haven't bought any Strauss operas on DVD yet, but Kleiber's earlier Rosenkavalier with the Bavarian State Opera has gotten rave reviews. Abbado's VPO Elektra is also supposed to be very good.

    Puccini
    Turandot - Met/Levine
    Tosca - La Scala/Muti
    La Boheme - La Scala/Bartoletti
    Madama Butterfly - VPO/Karajan

    The Karajan Butterfly is a film and has polarized people. I personally don't mind, but it has provoked some fairly extreme reactions.

    Verdi
    La Traviata - Covent Garden/Solti (Georghiu's debut)
    Rigoletto - Covent Garden/Downes (you definitely have to "see" this one ...)
    Requiem - BPO/Abbado (not an opera, but fabulously played and conducted)
    Otello - La Scala/Muti (The Met's version is also supposed to be very good)
    Aida - The Met/Levine (if you like Aida on a grand scale, this probably can't be beat)

    Berlioz
    Les Troyens - Gardiner

    Gershwin
    Porgy & Bess - Rattle

    JJ
     
  4. MahlerBrass

    MahlerBrass Piano User

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    I have the MET doing the Ring cycle and Lohengrin, both fantastic DVDs!
     

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