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Discussion: Wagner: Die Walküre - Janowski

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Post by Lunna July 16, 2013 (1 of 42)
I'm excited. The actual concert garnered excellent reviews.

Post by Lute July 17, 2013 (2 of 42)
Lunna said:

I'm excited...

+1

I just got Wagner: Das Rheingold - Janowski and Wagner: Tristan und Isolde - Janowski.

I haven't become fully acquainted with them yet, but so far... I find the performance of Rheingold engagingly dramatic and well sung. And it sounds great in Mch.

Post by souwestman July 17, 2013 (3 of 42)
Lute said:

+1

I just got Wagner: Das Rheingold - Janowski and Wagner: Tristan und Isolde - Janowski.

I haven't become fully acquainted with them yet, but so far... I find the performance of Rheingold engagingly dramatic and well sung. And it sounds great in Mch.

I plan to buy Die Walkure too plus Tristan. Last night I was listening to Das Rheingold with Janowski - I like the performance and, as you say, it sounds terrific in multichannel. Had to turn up the volume a little...

Post by Lute July 17, 2013 (4 of 42)
souwestman said:

... Had to turn up the volume a little...

I have to turn up the volume quite a bit, too. Then, the sound really blooms, doesn't it!! I noticed this with other SACDs of Wagner's complete operas, such as Gergiev's Walkure, Haenchen's Ring, Bychkov's Lohengrin, etc... It certainly is the opposite of harpsichord recordings, which are usually so loud!! ;-)

Anyway, we are having a banner year with Wagner in Mch. I am relishing every glorious moment, act and scene of it!!

Post by rosenkavalier817 July 17, 2013 (5 of 42)
I haven't gotten to the Rheingold or Walküre yet, but check out Janowski's Tannhäuser, which I think is just outstanding.

Post by Lute July 17, 2013 (6 of 42)
rosenkavalier817 said:

... but check out Janowski's Tannhäuser, which I think is just outstanding.

Thanks!

Actually, Wagner: Tannhäuser - Janowski is what got me started on Janowski's new Wagner series on Pentatone. I completely agree with you... it IS outstanding!!

I am debating on whether or not to get Wagner: Lohengrin - Janowski and / or

Wagner: Parsifal - Janowski

I've been getting a lot of pleasure listening to Wagner: Lohengrin - Bychkov and Wagner: Parsifal - Jaap van Zweden.., so recently I've been focused on getting operas from the Ring. But... ;-)

Post by Iain July 18, 2013 (7 of 42)
Lute said:

Thanks!

Actually, Wagner: Tannhäuser - Janowski is what got me started on Janowski's new Wagner series on Pentatone. I completely agree with you... it IS outstanding!!

I am debating on whether or not to get Wagner: Lohengrin - Janowski and / or

Wagner: Parsifal - Janowski

I've been getting a lot of pleasure listening to Wagner: Lohengrin - Bychkov and Wagner: Parsifal - Jaap van Zweden.., so recently I've been focused on getting operas from the Ring. But... ;-)

Actually I'm a newbie to all this, therefore I plan to get the totality of one "Ring" series and become comfortable of it before purchasing another.

I believe most of you lot know of which it is, when I refer to "one Ring series". : )

Post by hiredfox July 18, 2013 (8 of 42)
Iain said:

Actually I'm a newbie to all this, therefore I plan to get the totality of one "Ring" series and become comfortable of it before purchasing another.

I believe most of you lot know of which it is, when I refer to "one Ring series". : )

The new Gergiev disc is first class with excellent sound, on balance probably better than Janowski so don't just dive into Janowski because there are more of them, Gergiev will complete The Ring in time.

Post by rosenkavalier817 July 18, 2013 (9 of 42)
Lute said:

Thanks!

Actually, Wagner: Tannhäuser - Janowski is what got me started on Janowski's new Wagner series on Pentatone. I completely agree with you... it IS outstanding!!

I am debating on whether or not to get Wagner: Lohengrin - Janowski and / or

Wagner: Parsifal - Janowski

I've been getting a lot of pleasure listening to Wagner: Lohengrin - Bychkov and Wagner: Parsifal - Jaap van Zweden.., so recently I've been focused on getting operas from the Ring. But... ;-)

The Bychkov is in a class all it's own, and while the Janowski Lohengrin is good, it doesn't compare, IMO.

Post by Lute July 18, 2013 (10 of 42)
Iain said:

Actually I'm a newbie to all this, therefore I plan to get the totality of one "Ring" series and become comfortable of it before purchasing another.

I believe most of you lot know of which it is, when I refer to "one Ring series". : )

That's probably a good idea. You have plenty of time to get other performances. And there is a whole bunch of older ones to explore: Krauss, Keilberth, Furtwangler, Solti, Bohm, Karajan, Leinsdorf... Just to name a few. If you get into this music, you'll probably want to check some of these out.

But it's good to have some fresh versions... And Mch sound brings a whole new dimension to this music. I for one am loving it!! :)

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