Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Eugen Jochum
Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
March/April 1976
Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin
Recording Type
  live  studio
  live compilation  live and studio
Hans SachsDietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Veit PognerPeter Lagger
Kunz VogelgesangPeter Maus
Konrad NachtigallRoberto Bañuelas
Sixtus BeckmesserRoland Hermann
Fritz KothnerGerd Feldhoff
Balthasar ZornLoren Driscoll
Ulrich EißlingerKarl-Ernst Mercker
Augustin MoserMartin Vantin
Hermann OrtelKlaus Lang
Hans SchwartzIvan Sardi
Hans FoltzMiromir Nikolic
Walther von StolzingPlácido Domingo
DavidHorst R. Laubenthal
EvaCatarina Ligendza
MagdaleneChrista Ludwig
Ein NachtwächterVictor von Halem

With the Kubelik set completed (but releated to the vault) baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau entered into negotiations with DGG to record Meistersinger, with himself as Sachs. This set finally appeared in 1976, with veteran conductor Eugene Jochum on the podium leading the Deutche Oper Berlin forces. The recording has some wonderful orchestral playing but is marred by weak choral singing and a series of acoustical tricks by the Tonmeister (the echoing, boomy church acoustic in the opening scene is the biggest culprit) that distract the listener.

As for the cast, Fischer-Dieskau, better known for his achievements in lieder and art song, made some memorable Wagner recordings. This is one of his better ones. His Sachis is warm and resonant if a little fussy. Domingo is at sea here, struggling with the unfamilar German diction. Catarina ligendza is a disaster as Eva. However, charming orchestral playing, intelligent interpretation and the magnificent David of Roland Herman are all redeeming factors.

Paul J. Pelkonen

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