Tristan und Isolde

Thomas Beecham
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London
18/22 June 1937
Royal Opera House Covent Garden London
Recording Type
  live  studio
  live compilation  live and studio
TristanLauritz Melchior
IsoldeKirsten Flagstad
BrangäneMargarete Klose [18 June]
Karin Branzell [22 June]
KurwenalHerbert Janssen [18 June]
Paul Schöffler [22 June]
König MarkeSven Nilsson
MelotBooth Hitchin
Ein junger SeemannParry Jones
Ein HirtOctave Dua
SteuermannLeslie Horsman
Voix des Arts
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Media Type/Label
Melodram, Discocorp, ANNA
Melodram, EMI, Grammofono 2000, Archipel, OOA, TOL
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EMI recorded the performances from june 18 and 22 but no complete recording survived. So what we have is the following.
Act 1: 68 minutes from June 18th performance, final 6 minutes from June 22nd performance. The transition from one performance to the other is skilfully done and this edit exists on all issues of act 1 suggesting it was done by EMI engineers back in 1937 perhaps to compensate for a broken or damaged disc. The only way to tell is that the Kurwenal for the final five minutes is Schoffler not Janssen.
Act 2: Both the 18th and 22nd June recordings of act 2 are complete – the 18th is taken from the EMI masters that still exist.
Act 3: First 10 minutes from the June 18th performance, from the EMI masters, and a complete recording from June 22nd (source: Historic Opera)
There are cuts in Acts 2 and 3 of this performance: in Act 2, Scene 2, from “Dem Tage! Dem Tage!” (Tristan) to “dass nachsichtig mein Auge wahres zu sehen tauge” (Tristan), and in Act 3, Scene 1, from “Isolde noch im Reich der Sonne!” (Tristan) to “die selbst Nachts von ihr mich scheuchte?” (Tristan). [Jonathan Brown]