"...Since first appearing on six LP discs on the HMV label this indispensable account has gone through many reissues, but this Naxos presentation is particularly treasurable. Producer and audio restoration engineer Mark Obert-Thorn has done a thoroughly sensible and indeed musicianly job, preserving some of the flaws of the original recording in order to convey a full spectrum of frequencies, especially in the upper range.
The result is a gift of a set which might perhaps have those who already own one of its previous manifestations jettisoning that version for this so-musical production. *****"
"Stately and measured, this recording of Tristan und Isolde has long since its recording in 1952 been regarded as the recording against which all other Tristans are measured. ... Furtw„ngler's conducting is a marvel from start to end, and even in the Prelude to Act I is impossibly moving - so natural as to defy any criticism. ... The all-star orchestra made up of members of the leading London Orchestras at that time had only been formed by Walter Legge for a few years at the time of the recording but Furtw„ngler makes them play the music like it was in their blood. ... This excellent transfer by Mark Obert-Thorne features a slightly greater amount of surface sound in return for a more spacious acoustic and more detail with less distortion. ... This first-rate transfer at super-budget price will give you much pleasure, and for listeners who don't have a recording of Tristan, this is practically a must-buy."
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