Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Hans Knappertsbusch
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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Hans Sachs – Paul Schöffler
Veit Pogner – Otto Edelmann
Kunz Vogelgesang – Hugo Meyer-Welfing
Konrad Nachtigall – Wilhelm Felden
Sixtus Beckmesser – Karl Dönch
Fritz Kothner – Alfred Poell
Balthasar Zorn – Erich Majkut
Ulrich Eisslinger – William Wernigk
Augustin Moser – Hermann Gallos
Hermann Ortel – Harald Pröglhöf
Hans Schwarz – Franz Bierbach
Hans Foltz – Ljubomir Pantscheff
Walther von Stolzing – Günther Treptow
David – Anton Dermota
Eva – Hilde Gueden
Magdalene – Else Schürhoff
Ein Nachtwächter – Harald Pröglhöf

Wiener Staatsopernchor
Wiener Philharmoniker
Hans Knappertsbusch

Recording information

Recording Producer: Victor Olof
Balance Engineer: Cyril Windebank
Recording Location: Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria, 2–9 September 1950 and 11–20 September 1951


‘Whichever version you own or plan to acquire, this old Knappertsbusch may be the most authentic for both conducting and singing – as long as you can accept the ageing sound and disregard the less than ingratiating singing of Treptow. Most of all it is a wonderful tribute to the art of Paul Schoeffler and his deeply moving human portrayal of Hans Sachs. In that respect it is a desert-island-set.’ Musicweb International

‘While Hans Knappertsbusch often wielded a heavy hand over most things Wagnerian, here his conducting elicits lightness, fluidity, and genial inflection from the Vienna Philharmonic, even when the tempos err on the slow side (Act 3’s endless procession). By and large the singers are outstanding, relishing Wagner’s words without a hint of “speech-singing”.’ ClassicsToday

‘this Kna reading is enthralling from beginning to end … the conversational quality is truly caught. The unforced lyricism in much of the performance also achieves a naturalness that may be unique in the discography. And we have Paul Schoeffler’s superb Sachs … Gueden’s Eva is a marvel and epitomizes the gemütlich qualities of most of Kna’s principals, and, for a wonder, we even have primo tenore Anton Dermota delivering the goods with the most lilting David on disc! … this may be the most enthralling Meistersinger I’ve yet heard.’ OperaCast (‘Meistersinger on Disc – The Strongest Entries’)