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Classical - Released February 15, 2002 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Distinctions Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica - The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Full Operas - Released February 3, 2015 | Myto Historical

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica
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Classical - Released March 5, 2012 | Warner Classics

Distinctions Choc de Classica
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Full Operas - Released May 18, 2018 | Orfeo

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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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Full Operas - Released January 1, 2015 | Myto Historical

Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica
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Classical - Released June 7, 2011 | Profil

Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica
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Opera - Released February 16, 2018 | Orfeo

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Classical - Released March 18, 2013 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released September 3, 2007 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released September 7, 2018 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released November 16, 2012 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 18, 2010 | Warner Classics

The chamber operas Der Mond and Die Kluge are about as close as Carl Orff got to writing traditional opera, but they are still pretty quirky, musically and dramatically. They were written in the late '30s and early '40s, just after the success of Carmina Burana, and they resemble that work in their musical style: flashy, colorful orchestration, lyrical vocal lines, lots of ostinatos, and propulsive, driving rhythms. Both are taken from stories by the Brothers Grimm, and the composer wrote the librettos. The plot of Der Mond is outrageously silly, and Orff's musical treatment is genuinely funny, which is quite an accomplishment, especially when one tries to assemble a list of 20th century operas that can actually make an audience laugh. The music is no more profound than the plot, but it is sweetly genial, brilliantly clever, and dramatically apt. It's an ensemble opera and there are no big solo parts, but bass Hans Hotter and tenor Rudolf Christ excel in their relatively important, but still modest, roles. The smaller roles are also beautifully done, and the vocal ensemble is remarkable, due in no small part to the leadership of Wolfgang Sawallisch, who conducts the Philharmonia Chorus and Children's Chorus and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Die Kluge is somewhat more conventionally structured, with principals who have real arias and plenty of opportunities to shine vocally, and bass-baritone Gottlob Frick, tenor Marcel Cordes, and soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf do just that, singing with gorgeous tone and memorably vivid characterizations. The entire cast, down to the smallest roles, is outstanding in bringing the characters to life. Here, too, Sawallisch draws passionate playing from the Philharmonia Orchestra. Orff has the instincts of a composer born to write for the stage, and these are operas that deserve broader exposure. It would be hard to imagine a better place to start than these superlative recordings, made by EMI in 1956 and 1957. Produced by Walter Legge, the sound is fabulous and there are terrifically effective sound effects.
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Classical - Released April 2, 2007 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released September 7, 2018 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released August 27, 2010 | RCA Red Seal

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Chamber Music - Released July 4, 2006 | Arts Productions Ltd

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Classical - Released June 19, 2006 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 6, 2008 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released February 23, 2009 | Warner Classics

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Full Operas - Released February 12, 2016 | Myto Historical

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