Tristan und Isolde

Fritz Reiner
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London
18 May, 2 June 1936
Royal Opera House Covent Garden London
Recording Type
  live  studio
  live compilation  live and studio
TristanLauritz Melchior
IsoldeKirsten Flagstad
BrangäneSabine Kalter
KurwenalHerbert Janssen
König MarkeEmanuel List
MelotFank Sale
Ein junger SeemannRoy Devereux
Ein HirtOctave Dua
SteuermannLeslie Horsman
Naxos booklet
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Media Type/Label
EJS, Discoreale
VAI, Naxos, Opera d’Oro, OOA
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There is a lot of confusion about the recording date. The information given by Naxos seems to be correct. EMI recorded the performance of May 18. However the prelude to act 1 was defective so EMI recorded the prelude on June 2, 1936 again. Strangely, EMI never released the recording.
There are cuts in Acts 2 and 3 of this performance: in Act 2, Scene 2, from “Dem Tage! Dem Tage! (Tristan) to “dass nachtsichtig mein Auge wahres zu sehen tauge” (Tristan), and in Act 3, Scene 1, from “Isolde noch im Reich der Sonne!” to “die selbst Nachts von ihr mich scheuchte?” (Tristan). [Jonathan Brown]