Originally Posted by Vicious Tyrant
Digging this thread up again - I just got the Testament recording of Seigfried but haven't listened to it yet.
Can give me a word of preparation for what I'm about to hear?
If it's the Keilberth recording from the 1955 Festspiele, made and maligned for half a century by Decca, then it's the best Siegfried
on record. Keilberth's conducting is nothing short of perfect, the Bayreuth band plays to the fullness of its golden age glory, and the singers are all top-drawer and in excellent voice.
This record is the best example what what the golden age was all about. Singers who could act as well as they could sing. Conductors who preferred to let the music speak for itself, rather than impose programs and philosophies. And, as a benefit beyond belief, the Festspielhaus acoustic - Wagner's own design - captured is very serviceable stereo.
This recording, had it been released, would have immediately rendered Solti an also-ran. Wieland didn't give Keilberth the Ring
several years standing because he wasn't a great Wagnerian.