Wagner with Traubel & Melchior

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Two of the greatest Wagnerians of the 20th century in America were tenor Lauritz Melchior and soprano Kirsten Flagstad. But when World War II called Flagstad back to her native Norway, an American soprano emerged, almost miraculously, to take her place. George presents the “oceanic voice” of Helen Traubel and that of the arguably greatest Wagnerian tenor in Met history.

Götterdämmerung:
Prologue:  “Willst du mir Minne schenke”
Helen Traubel, soprano; Lauritz Melchior, tenor;
Arturo Toscanini, conductor; NBC Symphony Orchestra

Götterdämmerung:
Act III:  Immolation Scene
Traubel; Toscanini; NBC Symphony Orchestra

Lohengrin:
Act I:  “Einsam in trüben Tage” (Elsa's Dream)
Traubel; Artur Rodzinski, conductor; New York Philharmonic

Tristan und Isolde
Act I:  “Erfuhrest du meine Schmach” (Isolde's Narrative)
Traubel; Rodzinski; New York Philharmonic

Tristan und Isolde
Act II:  “O König”
Melchior; Erich Leinsdorf, conductor; unnamed orchestra

Tristan und Isolde
Act III: “O diese Sonne!”
Melchior; Herbert Janssen, baritone;
Roberto Kinsky, conductor; Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Orchestra

Tristan und Isolde
Act III:  “Mild und leise wie er lächelt" (Liebestod)
Traubel; Rodzinski; New York Philharmonic