Usually the intention is not to fool you. Somebody gets a Bayreuth recording with an incomplete date or cast and then he tries to complement the missing information. This might or might not work out. If not we all of a sudden have a “second” recording of the same opera from that year. I have seen recordings from the 1959 Tristan with four different dates (that exactly the number of times Tristan was given in that year) when in fact there is only one Tristan recording from 1959 available.
To resolve the mess I compiled a list with all known Bayreuth recordings. This would not have been possible without the help of Mark. He searched the archive of the Bayerischen Rundfunk and gave me a list of his findings. So we have a solid foundation what performances the BR taped and on which date. Additionally to the BR broadcasts there are the commercial releases from the big recording companies like EMI, Decca, Philips and more and more in-house recordings.
Please note that the list only covers the Post-World-War-Two period. If you have any additions, corrections, comments or if you have a list of the Bayreuth recordings before 1945 please let me know.
For the complete list of all Bayreuth recordings klick here. To give you easy access to the list I have included it in top header menu as well.