Wagner Die Walküre In High Resolution 24bit/96k Normal 16bit/44k resolution also included in download Martha Mödl, Leonie Rysanek, Margarete Klose, Ludwig Suthaus, Ferdinand Frantz, Gottlob Frick Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - 1954
This was the last time Furtwängler conducted. He died soon after the recording sessions. It is a wonderfully recorded Walküre. As a studio recording, It doesn’t have the electricity one gets in, for example, the La Scala Walküre, but the orchestral playing and sound is better, and there is the wonderful singing of Suthaus. He was a magnificent heldentenor who understood exceptionally well Wagner’s alliterative writing style and made the most of it. Just listen ti his first act monologue to hear how he emphasizes the consonant sounds, which are a parallel form of leitmotifs. Frantz was a favorite of Furtwängler, and for good reasons. He was able to combine a highly expressive delivery while maintaining a godlike “view from above”. Also, this recording has the exceptional playing of the Vienna Philharmonic. Altogether it is a pleasure to hear, although the La Scala Walkúre is more exciting.
We encourage you to also browse through the rest of our collection, including recordings from the creator of this website and remasters Eduardo Chibás, the renowned pianist Artur Schnabel and other historical conductors.
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This project is the product of a personal quest to achieve the best sound possible from the recordings of the legendary director Wilhelm Furtwangler. The constant search to improve even already-remastered versions in the market has created these crisp, timeless pieces.