• Reginald Goodall: Lost treasures reappear on Youtube

    From Jon@21:1/5 to All on Wed Apr 29 16:56:14 2020
    I thought some group members might be interested in these old recordings which have recently appeared on Youtube:

    Firstly, there are two extracts from a performance of “Die Walküre”, given in Birmingham on the 6th April, 1954. This performance was given by the Covent Garden Opera Company on tour — an earlier performance in Croydon received a glowing review
    from a young Andrew Porter in Opera Magazine, from which I quote:

    “This was a performance of a different class from those we were offered at Covent Garden last season. (...) Reginald Goodall, I was told, had never conducted “Die Walküre” before. Yet overnight with this performance, he placed himself in the
    forefront of our Wagnerian conductors. (...) Never have I heard orchestral tone so consistently sumptuous and thrilling.”

    The singers were:
    Sieglinde — Sylvia Fisher
    Siegmund — Hans Beirer
    Brünnhilde — Anna Konetzni
    Wotan — Ludwig Hofmann

    Only two fragments, which the uploader claims were found amongst Goodall’s own collection, have survived. The sound quality is mediocre.

    First extract, Act 1: (From the prelude until shortly before Hunding’s entrance)

    Second extract, Act 3: (From shortly before Wotan’s farewell until his invocation of Loge)


    Secondly, a BBC radio concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, broadcast on the 28th March, 1969. The concert began with the Prelude and Liebestod from “Tristan und Isolde” (orchestral arrangement), followed by the Siegfried Idyll, and then the
    entire first act of “Die Walküre”.

    The singers were:
    Sieglinde — Isabel Strauss
    Siegmund — John Mitchinson
    Hunding — Michael Langdon

    The whole concert has survived in very good sound.

    Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1xpF3PEHjw

    Siegfried Idyll

    Die Walküre: Act 1

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