His final sessions are wonderfull.
Paavo Berglund is on my top 5 list of conductors. He squeezed great music out of "provincial" orchestras like Helsinki and Bournemouth. So what do you get when you pair him with a Tier 1 orchestra like the Staatskapelle Dresden?
This. OMG this.
Some more of my transfers from 78s...
Melchior and Flagstad: Gotterdammerung Prologue
Flagstad: Götterdämmerung Immolation Scene
Despite my intention on this thread has been to push more modern stuff(which I still intend to do)
I will say WOW....
Good stuff indeed.
Wagner is one area where today is just a pale shadow of what went on in the past. Melchior and Flagstad together can't be topped.
Wagner and Shakespeare share the same fates in modern hands I'm afraid. Attempts at updated productions trying to impress current generations miss the whole idea that the themes and content properly written are timeless and need not be wrapped up in modern guilding to be palatable.
I'm not sure "problem" is the word.The performances you posted are directly connected to the culture in which they were representing.
At this point it's al museum work.
I'm not dismissing today's Wagner(which Is thriving and amazing in it's own way)
but this IS.
ALL not "al"