City Paper is not for tourists.
This important reissue of The Flying Dutchman preserves some pretty amazing Wagnerian singing. Here is a sense of legato line, a scrupulous attention to text, and vocal character of such vividness it leaps from the speakers. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (who recently announced his retirement) is a Dutchman of Shakespearean dimension, the late Gottlob Frick’s black-bass peals out gloriously—and even the much-maligned Marianne Scheck sounds damn good against most of her recorded competition. Not to be missed.