Wagner: Bayreuth Live

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The summer of 1955 is rather special in the history of the Bayreuth Festival because André Cluytens became the first French conductor to take the rostrum at this most German of all opera houses. This 10-CD set draws together live performances of three of the Wagner operas that he conducted there, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Just two days before its première Clutyens had received an urgent call from Wieland Wagner to step in and conduct the 1955 production of 'Tannhäuser'. The occasion turned out to be such an overwhelming, even sensational event that Cluytens regularly returned to Bayreuth in the succeeding years. In 1956, and in three further seasons, he conducted Wieland Wagner's new production of Meistersinger, in 1958 'Lohengrin', and in 1957, 'Parsifal' for the first time, when he replaced Hans Knappertsbusch. Anja Silja, whose star in those Bayreuth days had already begun to shine worldwide, wrote in her memoirs: "In André Cluytens Wieland Wagner found a conductor who came very close his own idea of a new Wagner sound".

The distinguished casts for these operas include Sandor Konya, Leonie Rysanek, Ernest Blanc and Astrid Varnay (Lohengrin); Wolfgang Windgassen, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Gré Brouwenstijn (Tannhäuser); and Gustav Neidlinger, Karl Schmitt-Walter, Elisabeth Grümmer and Walter Geisler (Meistersinger).

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Audio CD

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Release date:
July 10, 2015
Package Dimensions:
0.134 x 0.13 x 0.032 m; 0.284 kg
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