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Der fliegende Holländer comes from November 2010. Janowski proves himself a fluent, lyrical Wagnerian; he adopts the composer’s later changes to the score, which give the ending of the overture and the opera itself harmonic traits Wagner by then associated with the notion of redemption. He also joins up the three acts into one continuous piece of music, as Wagner originally planned but never, in fact, actually executed in the performances he conducted.

Albert Dohmen’s Dutchman has a few rough edges – maybe not inappropriately given that the accursed sea-captain has been sailing continually for centuries – but his is a regularly striking interpretation. German soprano Ricarda Merberth is a hardworking Senta, on top of the role even if her tone is not always steady or beautiful. Veteran Matti Salminen’s bass remains surprisingly refulgent as Daland. Robert Dean Smith’s Erik is effective if somewhat effortful. Steve Davislim is not always secure as the Steersman.

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