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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Pinchas Steinberg on Naxos proves a warmly sympathetic Wagnerian. More than most rivals, he brings out the light and shade o this earliest of the regular Wagner canon, helped by the refined, well-balanced recording, and by brilliant, sharply dramatic playing from the orchestra. The chorus too sings with a bite and precision to match any rival. Alfred Muff as the Dutchman attacks the notes cleanly, with vibrato only occasionally intrusive. The vibrato of Ingrid Haubold is more of a problem but, except under pressure, it is well controlled, and she begins Senta’s Ballad with a meditative pianissimo. Both tenors are excellent, Peter Seiffert as Erik and Joerg Hering as the Steersman, and though Erich Knodt, rather gritty in tone, is an under characterful Daland, his Act II aria is light and refreshing thanks to Steinberg’s fine rhythmic pointing. The recording is both atmospheric and clear, and the set comes with libretto, translation, notes and detailed synopsis, an outstanding bargain.

Chicago Tribune

"this set is every bit as good as the English reviewers said it is"


"this thrilling, no-nonsense version"


"this super-bargain version enters the lists and - to mix a metaphor - virtually jumps to the top of the pile.... Ingrid Haubold, a singer entirely new to me, is a discovery... it surpasses all other available recordings and, at the price, should be snapped up by all aspiring Wagnerians"

BBC Music Magazine

"Naxos has now made its first foray into Wagner and scored a notable success...not only an apt salty tang, but also an incisiveness and dramatic momentum... a strong contender at any price"

Arbetet (Sweden)

"not only the least expensive one but, in fact, the best one too!"

Classic CD

"a stirring and exciting interpretation of Wagner's most accessible work"

Stereoplay (Germany)

"einer ernsthaften Konkurrenz fur die Prominenz macht (serious competition for the celebrities)"

The State

"Let's cut to the chase right away: This is a low-cost, high quality performance of "The Flying Dutchman" that puts more expensive productions with better-known casts to shame"

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