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Wagner : Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90

Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen, Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Wolfgang Sawallisch

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An enemy of fashion and glitz who shunned cocktails and society dinners, Wolfgang Sawallisch was a humble, retiring man whose life was wholly dedicated to music and music alone. Behind what might seem like a well-worn cliché of the "honest man", he was surely one of the greatest artists of his generation. An exceptional pianist, he would sometimes accompany his friend Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau through memorable nights dedicated to Schubert's great cycles. A conductor, he knew the whole repertoire by heart, not only working with an orchestra but also taking to the piano with all the singers. He was a Kapellmeister in the most elevated sense of the term.
Between 1971 and 1992 he made his hometown’s Munich Opera (Bayerische Staatsoper) one of the greatest stages in the world, offering performances of an utterly exceptional standard. The gradual seizure of power by producers would put an end to a collaboration which had produced so many unforgettable nights. Sawallisch went on to enjoy a kind of Indian summer as a conductor in his final years, at the head of the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he encountered huge success.
First and foremost a performer of Wagner, Wolfgang Sawallisch first made his mark on Bayreuth in his youth, when, in 1962, he conducted landmark performances. The archives of the festival are full of recordings which are slowly being released, whose almost-identical distributions on different dates have sown confusion. Sawallisch conducted Tristan and Isolde with the legendary couple Birgit Nilsson/Wolfgang Windgassen several times, for the festivals in 1957, 1958 and 1959, well before the sensational version conducted by Karl Böhm.
This new release covers the night of 26 July 1958 (so it is not a cover of the version released by MYTO of the show on 21 August of the same year). The doomed lovers are given an exceptional treatment under the electrifying baton of a young Sawallisch. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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DISC 1

Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90, Act I (Richard Wagner)

1
Vorspiel 00:11:07

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

2
Westwärts schweift der Blick - Entartet Geschlecht! 00:06:03

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Birgit Nilsson, Artist, MainArtist - Josef Traxel, Artist - Grace Hoffmann, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

3
Frisch weht der Wind der Heimat zu - Hab acht, Tristan! 00:09:26

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Wolfgang Windgassen, Artist, MainArtist - Birgit Nilsson, Artist - Josef Traxel, Artist - Grace Hoffmann, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra - Bayreuther Festspielchor, Choir - Erik Sædén, Artist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

4
Weh, ach wehe! Dies zu dulden! - Wie lachend sie mir Lieder singen 00:11:42

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Birgit Nilsson, Artist, MainArtist - Grace Hoffmann, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

5
Welcher Wahn! Welch eitles Zürnen! 00:07:45

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Birgit Nilsson, Artist, MainArtist - Grace Hoffmann, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra - Bayreuther Festspielchor, Choir

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

6
Auf! Auf! Ihr Frauen! - Nun leb wohl, Brangäne! 00:07:53

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Birgit Nilsson, Artist, MainArtist - Grace Hoffmann, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra - Erik Sædén, Artist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

7
Begehrt, Herrin, was ihr wünscht 00:14:05

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Wolfgang Windgassen, Artist, MainArtist - Birgit Nilsson, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

8
Mein Herr und Ohm 00:04:43

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Wolfgang Windgassen, Artist, MainArtist - Birgit Nilsson, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra - Bayreuther Festspielchor, Choir

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

9
Tristan!... Isolde! - Treuloser Holder! 00:06:50

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Wolfgang Windgassen, Artist, MainArtist - Birgit Nilsson, Artist - Grace Hoffmann, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra - Bayreuther Festspielchor, Choir - Erik Sædén, Artist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

DISC 2

Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90, Act II (Richard Wagner)

1
Einleitung 00:01:33

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

2
Hörst du sie noch? - Dein Werk? O tör' ge Magd! 00:13:53

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Birgit Nilsson, Artist, MainArtist - Grace Hoffmann, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

3
Isolde! Geliebte! - Tristan! Geliebter! 00:15:54

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Wolfgang Windgassen, Artist, MainArtist - Birgit Nilsson, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

4
O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe 00:04:43

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Wolfgang Windgassen, Artist, MainArtist - Birgit Nilsson, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

5
Einsam wachend in der Nacht 00:02:32

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Grace Hoffmann, Artist, MainArtist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

6
Lausch, Geliebter! 00:06:05

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Wolfgang Windgassen, Artist, MainArtist - Birgit Nilsson, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

7
So starben wir, um ungetrennt - O ew'ge Nacht, süße Nacht! 00:07:56

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Wolfgang Windgassen, Artist, MainArtist - Birgit Nilsson, Artist - Grace Hoffmann, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

8
Rette dich, Tristan! 00:01:56

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Wolfgang Windgassen, Artist, MainArtist - Fritz Uhl, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra - Erik Sædén, Artist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

9
Tatest du's wirklich? Wähnst du das? 00:11:56

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Josef Greindl, Artist, MainArtist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

10
O König, das kann ich dir nicht sagen 00:04:45

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Wolfgang Windgassen, Artist, MainArtist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

11
Als für ein fremdes Land 00:04:02

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Wolfgang Windgassen, Artist, MainArtist - Birgit Nilsson, Artist - Fritz Uhl, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

DISC 3

Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90, Act III (Richard Wagner)

1
Einleitung 00:07:13

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

2
Kurwenal! He! Sag, Kurwenal! - Die alte Weise; was weckt sie mich? 00:08:13

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Hermann Winkler, Artist - Wolfgang Windgassen, Artist, MainArtist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra - Erik Sædén, Artist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

3
Hei nun! Wie du kamst? 00:09:49

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Wolfgang Windgassen, Artist, MainArtist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra - Erik Sædén, Artist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

4
Noch losch das Licht nicht aus 00:11:08

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Wolfgang Windgassen, Artist, MainArtist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra - Erik Sædén, Artist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

5
Sterbend lag ich stumm im Kahn 00:08:18

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Wolfgang Windgassen, Artist, MainArtist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra - Erik Sædén, Artist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

6
Wie sie selig, hehr und milde - O Wonne! Freude! 00:06:10

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Wolfgang Windgassen, Artist, MainArtist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra - Erik Sædén, Artist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

7
O diese Sonne! Ha, dieser Tag! - Ich bin's, ich bin's, süßester Freund! 00:09:00

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Wolfgang Windgassen, Artist, MainArtist - Birgit Nilsson, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

8
Kurwenal! Hör'! Ein zweites Schiff! 00:03:41

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Hermann Winkler, Artist - Josef Greindl, Artist, MainArtist - Fritz Uhl, Artist - Egmont Koch, Artist - Grace Hoffmann, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra - Erik Sædén, Artist

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

9
Tot denn alles! Alles tot! 00:04:25

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Josef Greindl, Artist, MainArtist - Grace Hoffmann, Artist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

10
Mild und leise wie er lächelt 00:07:02

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor - Richard Wagner, Composer - Birgit Nilsson, Artist, MainArtist - Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Orchestra

(C) 2018 Orfeo (P) 2018 Orfeo

Album Description

An enemy of fashion and glitz who shunned cocktails and society dinners, Wolfgang Sawallisch was a humble, retiring man whose life was wholly dedicated to music and music alone. Behind what might seem like a well-worn cliché of the "honest man", he was surely one of the greatest artists of his generation. An exceptional pianist, he would sometimes accompany his friend Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau through memorable nights dedicated to Schubert's great cycles. A conductor, he knew the whole repertoire by heart, not only working with an orchestra but also taking to the piano with all the singers. He was a Kapellmeister in the most elevated sense of the term.
Between 1971 and 1992 he made his hometown’s Munich Opera (Bayerische Staatsoper) one of the greatest stages in the world, offering performances of an utterly exceptional standard. The gradual seizure of power by producers would put an end to a collaboration which had produced so many unforgettable nights. Sawallisch went on to enjoy a kind of Indian summer as a conductor in his final years, at the head of the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he encountered huge success.
First and foremost a performer of Wagner, Wolfgang Sawallisch first made his mark on Bayreuth in his youth, when, in 1962, he conducted landmark performances. The archives of the festival are full of recordings which are slowly being released, whose almost-identical distributions on different dates have sown confusion. Sawallisch conducted Tristan and Isolde with the legendary couple Birgit Nilsson/Wolfgang Windgassen several times, for the festivals in 1957, 1958 and 1959, well before the sensational version conducted by Karl Böhm.
This new release covers the night of 26 July 1958 (so it is not a cover of the version released by MYTO of the show on 21 August of the same year). The doomed lovers are given an exceptional treatment under the electrifying baton of a young Sawallisch. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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