Wagner: “Mein Vöglein schwebte mir fort!” – “Mein Vöglein schwebte mir fort!”
by Wagner, Richard – on the album “Wagner: Siegfried”
Wolfgang Windgassen, Birgit Nilsson, Hans Hotter, Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti conducting
Uh, oh… the Gods of Forgotten Music must have heard my plaint that I wasn’t a big fan of opera or classical vocal music and now they’ve shoved a bit of Siegfried at me. I say a bit because, well, I haven’t hit the play button yet and don’t know if I’m facing a few minutes or 4 hours. (In the latter case, we might just divert from our listen-to-at-least-one-whole-track ethos. Just this once.) Oh, well. In for a penny, in for a pounding.
Gee. that was easy… 23 seconds.
Unfortunately, the break was right in the middle of a bit of sung dialog… with a nice big glitchy gap. Have we mentioned that we are not actually much of a fan of Spotify — who pay artists and content holders about half as much as most other streaming services, supposedly cutting sweetheart deals with big artists and labels to the disadvantage of indie artists and true indie labels.
Anyhow, Spotify does a poor job of handling program material that should play gaplessly. Gapless playback seems to be difficult in the streaming milieu. The new Beats Music service promised it but didn’t deliver it during my trial period. Google All Music, who I ended up going with, almost have it. Well, you could say it’s gapless. It’s just not glitchless. But a moment of ‘static’ as the two tracks butt up together is a lot better than a big gap.
Anyhow, I’m far from qualified to comment on the fine points of performance here. But Sir George Solti is generally no slouch as a conductor, the orchestra plays with precision and restraint in what I listened to and the soloists sing with character and seem to be singing pretty well. Certainly I haven’t heard any clinkers. (Something rare but not impossible with opera singers; I once heard a supposedly up and coming young diva on NPR who really had some issues. Perhaps not so strangely, that was the last I heard of her. But, again, I’m not in the scene.)
Anyhow, looks like a lot of time and expense and an army of talent went into this album which — until now — had only been heard on Spotify up to the second track of side 4 (of 4).
All that effort, all that talent — all that money — and no one listening ’til now. Meanwhile Miley Cyrus can’t sing a lick without Auto-Tune and sells a billion singles. Go figger.