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Important years in Richard Wagner's life

1813 born in Leipzig
1834 Die Feen completed
1843 Holländer premiere
1845 Tannhäuser premiere
1850 Lohengrin premiere
1852 text of Rheingold and Walküre
1854 Das Rheingold completed
1856 Die Walküre completed
1859 Tristan completed
1865 Tristan premiere in Munich
1868 Meistersinger premiere
1869 Das Rheingold premiere
1870 Die Walküre premiere
1871 Siegfried completed
1874 Götterdämmerung completed
1876 First Festival in Bayreuth
1882 Parsifal premiere
1883 Wagner dies in Venice

 

Tristan und Isolde (CD): Karl Böhm (1966), Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen, Christa Ludwig, Martti Talvela

cover tristan bohmConductor: Karl Böhm

Tristan: Wolfgang Windgassen
Isolde: Birgit Nilsson
Brangäne: Christa Ludwig
König Marke: Martti Talvela
Kurwenal: Eberhard Waechter
Melot: Claude Heater
Seemann: Peter Schreier
Hirt: Erwin Wohlfahrt
Steuermann: Gerd Nienstedt

Live recording from the Bayreuth Festival, 1966

Chorus Master: Wilhelm Pitz

Stage director was Wieland Wagner

Reviews

"Böhm's set […] was taken from a live performance at Bayreuth, but apart from such passages as the Prelude and concluding Liebestod, where the experience is vivid, the performance too often acquires tensions of the wrong sort, and Böhm's speeds are surprisingly fast. Nilsson is here more expressive, but less bright-toned than in her Decca set, and Windgassen - in his time an incomparable Tristan - begins to show signs of wear in the voice. The recording favours the voices, suffering inevitably from live recording conditions."
The Penguin Guide to Compact discs, Cassettes and LPs

Awards

Edison 1967
Grand Prix des Discophiles 1967
Grand Prix National du Disque 1967
Record Academy Prize, Tokyo, 1968
Prize of the Japan Festival of Arts 1968
Disco de Plata, Argentina, 1968

See also

This recording has been recommended by Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach, Erling E. Guldbrandsen, Iréne Theorin, Eva Märtson

 

Tristan und Isolde on CD

Leonard Bernstein (1981)

Leonard Bernstein Tristan

Hildegard Behrens, Peter Hofmann, Bernd Weikl, Hans Sotin, Yvonne Minton, Heribert Steinbach, Thomas Moser, Heinz Zednik, Raimund Grumbach
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Karl Böhm (1966)

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Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen, Christa Ludwig, Martti Talvela
Live from Bayreuther Festspiele/Bayreuth Festival
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Wilhelm Furtwängler (1952)

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Kirsten Flagstad, Ludwig Suthaus, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Josef Greindl, Rudolf Schock, Edgar Evans, Blanche Thebom
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Carlos Kleiber (1982)

René Kollo, Margaret Price, Brigitte Fassbaender, Kurt Moll, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Werner Götz, Anton Dermota
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Christian Thielemann (2003)

Deborah Voigt, Thomas Moser, Robert Holl, Peter Weber, Markus Nieminen, Petra Lang
Live from Wiener Staatsoper
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Antonio Pappano (2005)

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Placido Domingo, Nina Stemme, Mihoko Fujimura, René Pape, Rolando Villazón, Ian Bostridge, Olaf Bär
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Georg Solti (1960)

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Fritz Uhl, Birgit Nilsson, Regina Resnik, Tom Krause, Arnold van Mill, Waldemar Kmentt, Ernst Kozub, Peter Klein
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Karl Elmendorff (1928)

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Gunnar Graarud, Nanny Larsen-Todsen, Ivar F. Andresen
Live from Bayreuther Festspielhaus
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Herbert von Karajan

Jon Vickers, Helga Dernesch, Christa Ludwig, Walter Berry
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Fritz Reiner (1936)

Fritz Reiner Tristan 1936 cover

Lauritz Melchior, Kirsten Flagstad, Herbert Janssen, Emanuel List
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Tristan und Isolde on DVD

Chéreau/Barenboim, La Scala 2007

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Waltraud Meier, Ian Storey, Matti Salminen, Gerd Grochowski, Michelle De Young
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Müller / Barenboim, Bayreuth 1995

Siegfried Jerusalem, Waltraud Meier, Matthias Hölle, Falk Struckmann, Uta Priew, Poul Elming, Peter Maus, Sándor Sólyom-Nagy
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Marthaler/Schneider,
Bayreuth 2009

Robert Dean Smith, Robert Holl, Iréne Theorin, Jukka Rasilainen, Michelle Breedt
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Ponnelle/Barenboim, Bayreuth 1983

René Kollo, Johanna Meier, Matti Salminen, Hanna Schwarz
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Konwitschny /  Mehta, München 1999

konwitschny tristan

Waltraud Meier, Jon Fredric West, Kurt Moll, Bernd Weikl, Claes H. Ahnsjö, Marjana Lipovsek, Peter Konwitschny.
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Kirchner / Billy, Barcelona 2005

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Deborah Polaski, John Treleaven, Eric Halfvarson, Falk Struckmann, Lioba Braun, Wolfgang Rauch
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Lehnhoff / Jiri Belohlavek 2007

Nina Stemme, Robert Gambill, René Pape, Bo Skovhus
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Friedrich / Kout, Deutsche Oper 1993

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René Kollo, Gwyneth Jones, Robert Lloyd
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Johannes Felsenstein / Golo Berg

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Richard Decker, Iordanka Derilova
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Böhm, Vickers, Nilsson (1973)

Nikolaus Lehnhoff (1973), Karl Böhm, Jon Vickers, Birgit Nilsson, Walter Berry, Bengt Rundgren, Ruth Hesse
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Gustav Kuhn / Tiroler Festspiele Erl, 2006

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Tristan und Isolde (DVD):
Tiroler Festspiele Erl 2006, Gustav Kuhn, Alan Woodrow, Michela Sburlati, Duccio dal Monte
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