Wagner Die Walküre - Erich Leinsdorf London Symphony Orchestra HDTT14617
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HDTT is pleased to present this new high-resolution transfer and restoration of a classic recorded performance of Wagner’s Die Walküre brilliantly conducted by great Wagner conductor Erich Leinsdorf. Not long before this recording was made in 1961, a deal was struck between RCA Victor and Decca/London to make recordings in London, sometimes using Decca’s personnel, that would initially be released on the RCA label, but after a period of time would revert to ownership and released by Decca. A number of operatic recordings were made pursuant to this arrangement, including an Aida featuring American soprano Leontyne Price and Canadian tenor Jon Vickers, conducted by Georg Solti, and a Flying Dutchman featuring Austrian soprano Leonie Rysanek, George London, and American bass Giorgio Tozzi, conducted by Antal Dorati (see the first release of this great recording on pitch HERE). All of these recordings featured a number of singers who were prominent leading singers at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
Artist(s): Conductor – Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra – London Symphony Orchestra
Soprano Vocals [Brünnhilde] – Birgit Nilsson
Soprano Vocals [Sieglinde] – Gré Brouwenstijn
Mezzo-soprano Vocals [Fricka] – Rita Gorr
Tenor Vocals [Siegmund] – Jon Vickers
Baritone Vocals [Wotan] – George London
Bass Vocals [Hunding] – David Ward
Valkyries: Marie Collier [Gerhilde, soprano], Julia Malyon [Ortlinde, soprano], Margreta Elkins [Waltraute, mezzo-soprano], Joan Edwards [Schwertleite, mezzo-soprano], Judith Pierce [Helmwige, soprano], Noreen Berry [Sigrune, mezzo-soprano], Maureen Guy [Grimgerde, contralto], Josephine Veasey [Rossweisse, mezzo-soprano].
Recording Info: Recorded by RCA Victor in collaboration with Decca Records at Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England, September 1961
Engineer [Recording] – Kenneth Wilkinson Producer – Erik Smith
Digital transfer: Robert Witrak, Chief Engineer, High Definition Tape Transfers, Inc. (2023)
Restoration: Robert Witrak, High Definition Tape Transfers, Inc. and John H. Haley, Harmony Restorations, LLC (2023).
Please Note: This release was edited in DXD PCM from a DSD256 Master then the DXD edited master was used to generate the final DSD files using Merging Technologies Album Publishing.
DXD (352.8KHz 24/32 bit PCM) is one of the best and least destructive formats for post-processing DSD originated digital recordings
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