Wagner: Tristan und Isolde - Nilsson, Thomas, Hesse, Wiener, Talvela, Dermota; Böhm. Wien, 1967


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  • There will never be another Isolde like Birgit Nilsson and she is captured at her absolute best in this recording from 1967.
  • Jess Thomas's lyric tenor didn't weather Wagnerian waters as well as some of his colleagues, but he is captured here at a point when he was first venturing into the very heavy dramatic roles and his voice had not lost its honey-toned sheen.
  • Martti Talvela's Marke is heartbreaking in its noble restraint.
  • The miking of the orchestra really shows off the remarkable virtuosity and unique sound of the Vienna Philharmonic.
  • The sound is excellent.


  • There are a few minutes of mild skipping in Act I

In Mono

OD 11487-3