Tristan & Isolde (Akt 2 & 3)
Wilhelm Furtwängler's early 1950s studio recording of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde on EMI / Columbia remains one of the finest on the market. Less well-known is this live recording from Berlin, 1947, arguably offering a better conducted performance from the baton-wielding maestro. Unfortunately, Act I is lost. This release, re-mastered from the original masters of Act II and III in very good sound, all adds up to a very precious document indeed! Starring Ludwig Suthaus as Tristan and Erna Schlüter, a renowned Elektra who also sang Mozart, Beethoven and Verdi, as Isolde.