Thursday 27 September 2012

Whose Wagner recordings would Christian Thielemann recommend you listen to?

No, we believe his mom does not cut his hair
Would it surprise you to learn: Krauss, Knappertsbusch, and Karajan but not Furtwangler - at least directly?

In his own words today:

"I'd consider listening to older recordings of great conductors, especially the ones made in Bayreuth in the 1950s and '60s. There's some astonishing material there: Clemens Krauss, Hans Knappertsbusch, also Herbert von Karajan, who once conducted the 'Ring' there. Strong personalities who interpreted the scores in such utterly different ways. And it's completely incredible that such a thing is possible at all."