Furtwangler/Flagstad: Wagner Götterdämmerung excerpts - FALP 194 (ds)
Jacket VG / LP VG / French pressing
This handsome LP from La Voix de son Maitre (FALP 194, French pressing, red/silver semi-circle label – ED1, “baguette”-style jacket, booklet included, mono) features conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler in a searing sequence of excerpts from Wagner's Le Crépuscule des Dieux (Götterdämmerung), with honors divided evenly between the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Please note: Furtwangler recorded some of this material more than once in a relatively short span of years. I have done my very best to correctly identify these performances from various discographic sources. Rather unhelpfully, HMV used the same catalog numbers in some instances, adding to the potential confusion. If it is critical to you to have a particular Furtwangler performance of one of the work(s) in question, then I suggest you do some research on your own. I will not accept a return because the buyer later determines that this Siegfrieds Trauermarsch is actually the 1950 HMV version and not the 1954 HMV version.
Included are the following excerpts from Götterdämmerung:
Act III, Scene 3: Brünhilde's Immolation (Starke Scheita schichet mir dort)
> with Kirsten Flagstad, soprano, and the Philharmonia Orchestra, London – rec. at Abbey Road Studios, London on 23 June 1952
Act I: Siegfried Rheinfahrt (Siegfried's Rhine Journey)
> with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – rec. in the Musikvereinssaal on 2 March 1954
Act III: Siegfrieds Trauermarsch (Siegfried's Funeral March)
> with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – rec. in the Musikvereinssaal on 2/8 March 1954
Included is the small 8-page booklet, so often missing from such issues, with liner notes by Jean-Jacques Normand, printed in French only. The striking cover design is by Atelier Cassandre.
The condition of the jacket is VERY GOOD. There is a discreet 3” seamsplit to the upper-right corner, as well as mild discoloraiton and light edgewear, more so at corners. However, the album is free of seamsplits or other defects and remains solid, bright, and very striking in appearance – overall, a very good copy.
The condition of the dowel spine is VERY GOOD. There is a 2” split to the lower edge, but that is all.
The condiiton of the 8-page booklet is EXCELLENT. It shows some aging, but is free of marks, tears, or other defects – a fine copy.
The condition of the LP itself is VERY GOOD. Though there is light surface noise throughout, in general the playback remains enjoyable. However, those wanting a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.