Wagner: Tristan und Isolde - Esser, Malmborg, Hoffman, Nöcker, Wollitz; Masur. Venezia, 1971


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  • Kurt Masur proves himself an adept opera conductor, easing the singers through their notoriously difficult roles with style.
  • Hermin Esser does admirably with the role of Tristan.
  • Grace Hoffman is excellent as Brangäne.


  • Gunilla af Malmborg displays an attractive instrument, but it is clear almost immediately that she lacks the voice for this part.
  • Although the sound is quite clear, the miking favored the orchestra over the singers.

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OD 11611-3

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