BIRGIT NILSSON

THE GREAT LIVE RECORDINGS

Celebrating the "voice of a century" with a
specially remastered edition of her great live performances

Birgit Nilsson was a vocal phenomenon, ‘in a class of her own’. To celebrate her centenary, this special limited edition Box set brings together for the first time, a collection of outstanding live recordings that capture her unrivalled & uniquely powerful voice from the stage.

Fully remastered from the original tapes, this attractive set of 31 CDs & accompanying book traces her phenomenal career & presents her landmark performances like never before.

Highlights include Die Walküre from the Metropolitan Opera conducted by Herbert von Karajan, three performances of Tristan und Isolde from Bayreuth, Vienna & Orange, two performances of Elektra from Montreal & the Metropolitan Opera and the exciting Turandot with Franco Corelli and Anna Moffo, from the Metropolitan Opera conducted by Leopold Stokowski. The set also includes rarities from her concerts in Stockholm.

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BÉLA BARTÓK

HERZOG BLAUBARTS BURG

Recorded live at the Concert Hall, Stockholm, February 10, 1953
Cast: Birgit Nilsson, Berhard Sönnerstedt
Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay

RICHARD WAGNER

LOHENGRIN

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival, August 14, 1954
Cast: Wolfgang Windgassen, Birgit Nilsson, Astrid Varnay, Hermann Uhde, Theo Adam, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra: Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Conductor: Eugen Jochum

RICHARD WAGNER

TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival, August 19, 1957
Cast: Wolfgang Windgassen, Birgit Nilsson, Grace Hoffman, Hans Hotter, Arnold van Mill
Orchestra: Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch

RICHARD WAGNER

DIE WALKÜRE & SIEGFRIED EXCERPTS

Die Walküre Act 1, Scene 3: „Schläfst du, Gast“
Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival, July, 1957
Cast: Birgit Nilsson, Ramon Vinay
Orchestra: Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Conductor: Hans Knappertsbusch

Siegfried Act 3, Scene 3: „Heil dir Sonne“
Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival, August, 1967
Cast: Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen
Orchestra: Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Conductor: Otmar Suitner

GIACOMO PUCCINI

TURANDOT

Recorded live at the Metropolitan Opera House, March 4, 1961 Matinée Broadcast
Cast: Birgit Nilsson, Franco Corelli, Anna Moffo, Bonaldo Giaiotti
Orchestra: The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski

RICHARD STRAUSS

SALOME

Recorded live at the Metropolitan Opera House, March 13, 1965 Matinée Broadcast
Cast: Birgit Nilsson, Karl Liebl, Walter Cassel, Irene Dalis, George Shirley
Orchestra : The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Karl Böhm

RICHARD STRAUSS

ELEKTRA

Recorded live at the Opéra de Montréal, September 19, 1967
Cast: Birgit Nilsson, Leonie Rysanek, Regina Resnik, Gerd Nienstedt,
Orchestra: Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper
Conductor: Karl Böhm

RICHARD WAGNER

TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Recorded live at the Wiener Staatsoper, December 17, 1967
Cast: Jess Thomas, Birgit Nilsson, Ruth Hesse, Otto Wiener, Martti Talvela
Orchestra: Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper
Conductor: Karl Böhm

RICHARD WAGNER

DIE WALKÜRE

Recorded live at the Metropolitan Opera House, March 1, 1969 Matinée Broadcast
Cast: Birgit Nilsson, Regine Crespin, Josephine Veasey, Theo Adam, Jon Vickers, Martti Talvela
Orchestra: The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

FIDELIO

Recorded live at the RAI di Roma, March 17, 1970
Cast: Birgit Nilsson, Ludovic Spiess, Theo Adam, Franz Crass, Helen Donath, Gerhard Unger
Orchestra: Coro e Orchestra di Roma della Rai
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

RICHARD STRAUSS

ELEKTRA

Recorded live at the Metropolitan Opera House, February 27, 1971 Matinée Broadcast
Cast: Birgit Nilsson, Jean Madeira, Leonie Rysanek, Thomas Stewart
Orchestra: The Metropolitan Opera and Chorus
Conductor: Karl Böhm

RICHARD WAGNER

TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Recorded live at the Festival d'Orange, July 7, 1973
Cast: Jon Vickers, Birgit Nilsson, Ruth Hesse, Walter Berry, Bengt Rundgren
Orchestra: New Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestre National de L'O.R.T.F.
Conductor: Karl Böhm

RICHARD STRAUSS

DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN

Recorded live at the Bayerische Staatsoper, September 29, 1976
Cast: Birgit Nilsson, Ingrid Bjoner, Astrid Varnay, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, James King, Karl Christian
Orchestra: Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper und Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch

WAGNER IN CONCERT

(Excerpts)

Excerpts from Götterdämmerung ("Starke Scheite") & Tristan und Isolde ("Mild und leise")
Recorded live in the Konserthuset, Stockholm, on 22 January 1953 (Götterdämmerung in Swedish),
Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Stig Rybrant

Recorded live in the Konserthuset, Stockholm, on 8 September 1967 (Tristan)
Ocrhestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
Conductor: Sergiu Celibidache

Recorded live at the Sydney Opera House, on 29 September 1973 (opening concert; Götterdämmerung in German)
Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Mackerras