Appreciate your comments on the Kleiber '74 - he gets filed under the "too speedy for me" section, but I remember responding more positively to him live than in the studio. Strange that his recording should have been released at around the same time as Bernstein's "too slow for nearly everybody" version, but at least there was variety in those days !!
As you pointed out at the outset of your survey, there is a degree of inevitability that some recordings were going to be overlooked, for better or for worse - as Tag points out. I guess you could add the famous de Sabata performance to that list too, in equally famous bad sound ! Likewise, there is the live recording from the Berlin State Opera in 1947, unfortunately only of Acts II and III, with Furtwangler, so different in the theatre to the studio some 5 years later. Plus the extended excerpts from the 1920's with the amazing Frida Leider and Melchior, but, but, but ..... would we ever finish reading an almost endless conspectus with everything in ?!! Probably not - but what is in it, is pretty damn good !
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