Performers: Margaret Curphey, soprano; Ann Robson, mezzo-soprano; Alberto Remedios, tenor; Gergory Dempsey, tenor; Norman Bailey, bass-baritone; Noel Mangin, bass; Derek Hammond Stroud, baritone; Stafford Dean, bass; Sadlers Wells Chorus; Sadlers Wells; Opera Orchestra; Reginald Goodall
R. Wagner (1813-1883): The Mastersingers of Nuremburg
Gramophone Award Finalist - Historic Archive 2009
For the first time ever, the legendary centenary production of Wagner's 'The Mastersingers of Nuremburg', conducted by Reginald Goodall is released as a 4 CD set on Chandos Opera in English.
Broadcast live on the BBC from Sadler's Wells Theatre on 10 February 1968 Goodall conducted a cast of luminaries. Following the live broadcast the recording sadly disappeared into the archives and has since become one of the most talked about 'lost' performances. Music-lovers have regularly contacted Chandos requesting its release on Opera in English and it is one that Sir Peter Moores was determined to make happen. This 4-CD set has subsequently been re-mastered from a BBC Radio live broadcast and is released at the price of 3 CDs. The sound quality reflects the fact it is a 1968 'live' recording and some deterioration is evident although this does not detract from the fantastic performance value.