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Writes critic David Breckbill in his liner notes: "The studio broadcast performances on this disc reveal the central performance style used for projecting Wagner's Die Meistersinger von N?rnberg in Germany during the Third Reich. It's an idiomatic approach that seems to have been largely supplanted in subsequent years and to have been missing in other settings. By "idiomatic" I mean performances in which the comedic element of the score is supported by a briskness of tempo and spirit?.It is tempting to conclude that German conductors of the time sought in this way to make audible the strand of this many-faceted opera which celebrates the character of the German Volk as it was then understood."

CD-1068(1) RICHARD WAGNER: DIE MEISTERSINGER VON N?RNBERG. Act II (complete) with Thea Kempf (soprano) as Eva; Marie-Luise Schilp (alto) as Magdalene; Henk Noort (tenor) as Stolzing; Karl Wessely (tenor) as David; Georg Hann (bass) as Hans Sachs; Wilhelm Schirp (bass) as Veit Pogner; Hans-Heinz Nissen? (baritone) as Beckmesser; Franz Kunz? (bass) as Nachtw?chter; Ludwig Windisch? (bass) as Kothner; Alfons F?gel? (tenor) as Vogelgesang; A. Will (Ges) as Meister; Hans Ullbricht? (Ges) as Meister; E. (Ges) as Meister; Fr. Schneider (Ges) as Meister; Wilhelm Lang (bass) as Meister; Edwin Heyer (baritone) as Meister; Hans Florian (tenor) as Meister. With Chor des Deutschen Opernhauses Berlin and Gro?es Berliner Rundfunkorchester, conducted by Artur Rother. An RRG Production (Berlin, Masurenallee Saal 1, 18 November 1942). With excerpts from Act III with Maria M?ller (soprano) as Eva; Lore Hoffmann (soprano) as Magdalene; Ludwig Suthaus (tenor) as Stolzing; Erich Witte (tenor) as David; Jaro Prohaska (baritone) as Hans Sachs; Benno Arnold (tenor) as Meister; Felix Fleischer (bass-barione) as Meister; Wilhelm Hiller (bass) as Pogner?; Gerhard H?sch (baritone) as Meister; Gustaf R?din (tenor) as Meister; Franz Sauer (bass) as Meister; Gerhard Witting (tenor) as Meister; anon. (tenor) as Meister; anon. (bass) as Meister; anon. (bass) as Meister; anon (bass) as Meister. With Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin & Staatskapelle Berlin, cond. Robert Heger. An RRG recording (Berlin, 1943; month and day unknown). 79:20 (A co-production with Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv). UPC # 0-17685-10682-8.

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