Adrian Boult and Wagner

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Adrian Boult and Wagner

I just picked up the budget collection of Wagner extracts from Sir Adrian Boult with the LPO/LSO/New Philharmonica Orchestra.  Incredible.  I'm tempted to say this might be the best stereo collection of the overtures, preludes and extracts I've ever heard.  Only the prelude to Parsifal is not to my taste--too swift.  I've ignored this collection for years, never having equated Boult with Wagner.  What a mistake.  Did Sir Adrian ever conduct the operas?  Any extant recordings?  Would someone again explain to me how the British press rates Goodall as the greatest English interpreter of Wagner?

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