Five Wagnerian Tenors

August 19, 2017, 4:30 pm

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Five tenors who are all acclaimed for their Wagner interpretations. Listen and enjoy Lauritz Melchior, Jon Vickers, Jess Thomas, Ben Heppner and Jonas Kaufmann.


Wagner: Rienzi, “Rienzi’s Prayer”
Lauritz Melchior with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Erich Leinsdorf
Recorded in New York in 1942
SONY MH2K 60896

Wagner: Die Walkure, “Wintersturme”
Jon Vickers with the London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Erich Leinsdorf
Recorded in London in 1961
DECCA 289 470 443-2

Wagner: Lohengrin, “In fernam Land”
Jess Thomas with the Chorus of The Vienna State Opera
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Rudolph Kempe
Recorded in Vienna in 1962 and 1963
EMI 4 40502 2

Wagner: Gotterdammerung, “Brunnhilde, heilige Braut”
Ben Heppner with the Dresden Staatskapelle conducted by Peter Schneider
Recorded in Dresden in 2005
DGG B0006417-02

Wagner: Die Meistersinger, “Am stillen Herd”
Jonas Kaufmann with the Orchestra of the Deutschen Opera of Berlin
Conducted by Donald Runnicles
Recorded in Berlin in 2012
DECCA B00018028-02