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Discussion: Wagner: Die Walküre - Fisch

Posts: 4

Post by SnaggS August 28, 2006 (1 of 4)
Time to talk Wagner again.. this SACD is awesome to my ears.. anyone else have their hands on it yet!? I'd be really curious as to how the multi-channel fares, I don't have that capability yet!

Daniel.

Post by mwagner1962 August 28, 2006 (2 of 4)
I have this SACD as well, and I think that overall it is a winner!!!! I have a few nits with some of Asher Fisch's tastes, as I find the opening of the opera to be a bit on the timid side (as compared to the still superb Solti/Decca Ring), as well as the brass volume in the prelude of Act 2...also a bit timid.

My other nit was Lisa Gasteen's (our Brunnhilde) entrance with the famous Hoyotoho, and her high notes were a bit thin and short. However, every other note she sang was superb.

The last act, between Brunnhilde and Wotan (John Broechler) was stunning and totally moving!!! The Siegmund and Sieglinde were also top notch in Act 1!!!

My few nits do not in any way detract from my total enjoyment of this marvelous SACD. The sound is superb and gives a fine feel for the hall, the stage, the singers moving about, etc.

I think that Melba made real history with the SACD, and I cannot wait until the rest of the operas come out!!!!!

WOO HOOO!!!

Post by terence August 29, 2006 (3 of 4)
one thing i'd like to know is this - is the prompter audible?

i ask because i remember some years back buying the karl bohm ring on philips and finding it totally ruined (for me at least) by hearing the prompter whisper the beginning of nearly every line before the singer sung it.

my fear is that the hi-tech nature of the fisch recording may well make this type of problem worse, not better.

can anybody confirm whether audible prompting is in fact a problem with this walkure?

Post by mwagner1962 August 29, 2006 (4 of 4)
terence said:

one thing i'd like to know is this - is the prompter audible?

i ask because i remember some years back buying the karl bohm ring on philips and finding it totally ruined (for me at least) by hearing the prompter whisper the beginning of nearly every line before the singer sung it.

my fear is that the hi-tech nature of the fisch recording may well make this type of problem worse, not better.

can anybody confirm whether audible prompting is in fact a problem with this walkure?

Hmmm...

I have now listened to this opera three times on my system (as well as once a friend's very fine surround system) I have heard not one peep out of any prompter...

I hope this helps!!

Cheers,

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