Wagner: Das Rheingold - Hotter, Boese, Uhl, Cossutta, Höffgen; Wallberg. Buenos Aires, 1962
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This performance of Das Rheingold captures Hans Hotter at the apex of his storied career. Although there is a good argument that his voice was not quite at the level of his efforts in the early 50s, his take on Wotan in 1962 proves to be a softer more human approach, eschewing the bluster of his earlier years for a more natural, almost conversational quality. Fritz Uhl as a leading man never really excited me, but here as Loge he comes alive delivering all the mercurial charm of the character with a sweetness of tone you rarely here in this role. Ursula Boese is an imposing, if somewhat monochromatic, Fricka and Marga Höffgen delivers an impactful Erda. The sound is good although at times the prompter gets a little over zealous in throwing cues.