Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
Label: Decca
Released: February 11, 1997

George Solti's final recording of Wagner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a testament to this great musician's powers of renewal. Returning to 'Die Meistersinger' after more than twenty years, Solti was determined to emphasize the conversational nature of the opera and as a result his reading has both a lightness and fluidity unique on recording. To this end he cast singers in the principal roles who were also great Mozart singers, albeit ones with the power to do justice to Wagner's music. Although quick by the clock, nothing sounds either rushed or skimped, and the humanity of Wagner's conception is everywhere in evidence.

This recording was nominated for three 1998 Grammy Awards, and won the award for "Best Opera Recording".

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