|Marta Fuchs als Brünnhilde in Götterdämmerung|
While surfing through Youtube investigating for some recordings I came over a complete recording of the Götterdämmerung from Bayreuth 1942. I listened a few minutes and was captured at once by the presence of this recording and the fine singers. I downloaded it and changed it to MP3. It was all in one big file, and so I undertook the work cutting it in listenabel pieces and write correct taggs for it. There are many sources for fine recordings in the web, but is is often much work to make them easily consumeable. Also you hear more, when you know more, and I did some research about the participating artists. This work can be shared, and that is what I want to do here. So here is the download, and a few remarks about the singers.
This time I had to cut the whole opera into threee pieces. They are numbered by sequence, and I propose that you put all the files in one folder after unzipping the three folders.
The performance was directed by Karl Elmendorff. He has been active in Bayreuth since 1927, and the year 1942 was his last year in Bayreuth - don't know why he wasn't taken there anymore. I think he did a real good job. His Tristan from 1928, which I like very much, is already at my blog:
|Set Svanholm, here probably as Lohengrin|
Siegfried is done by Set Svanholm. This was, exept for Eric in Der Fliegende Holländer the same year, his only appearence at Bayreuth. He was born 1904 and started relatively late as a singer (1930), first as a baritone (like Lauritz Melchior and some others). In 1937 he changed to tenor. After the war he had a long carreer at the Met and in Europe. He sang his last Tristan one year before his early death in 1964. We hear a bright voice with a fine timbre and a clear diction - just like the most of his fellow singers.
|Marta Fuchs als Brünnhilde in Walküre|
Marta Fuchs (1898-1947) started as alto in 1923. From 1930 she sang at the Staatsoper Dresden and changed to dramatic soprano. Since 1935 she sang in Berlin and Dresden. She was a column of the Bayreuther Festspiele from 1933 to 1942, where she sang Kundry (1933-37), Isolde (1938) and Brünnhilde (1938-42). She had a huge voice with a dark timbre and was also estimated for her acting abilities. She also took part in the recording of the second Act of Walküre with Lauritz Melchior under Bruno Walter in 1936. I think she is on the same level as Frida Leider.
|Robert Burg (1890-1946)|
|Hilde Scheppan as Chrysosthemis in Elektra ca. 1941|