Tristan und Isolde

Erich Leinsdorf
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra
23 March 1940
Metropolitan Opera New York
Recording Type
  live  studio
  live compilation  live and studio
TristanLauritz Melchior
IsoldeKirsten Flagstad
BrangäneKerstin Thorborg
KurwenalJulius Huehn
König MarkeEmanuel List
MelotGeorge Cehanovsky
Ein junger SeemannAnthony Marlowe
Ein HirtKarl Laufkötter
SteuermannDouglas Beattie
Jonathan Brown
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Media Type/Label
UORC 182
M&A, Guild, OOA
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470 kbit/s VBR, 44.1 kHz, 684 MByte (flac)
Matinee broadcast
A production by Joseph Urban (1920)
In the Guild recording Emanuel List’s king is cut out and replaced with Alexander Kipnis (taken from the broadcast february 8, 1941).
The labels on UORC 182 give the date of this performance as 8 February 1941, with the corresponding cast (see below), but they are incorrect. There are cuts to 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), from “Muss ich dich so versteh’n” to “Zu welchem Los?” (Tristan), and from “Die nie erstirbt” to “Der Trank! Der Trank! der furchtbare Trank!” (Tristan). [Jonathan Brown]