Wagner - Tristan und Isolde (Blu-ray)
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Label: Opus Arte
Cat No: OABD7067D
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 5th January 2010
ArtistsRobert Dean Smith
Bayreuther Festspiele Chorus
Bayreuther Festspiele Orchestra
Tristan und Isolde was first performed in 1865 and provided an inspiration to many composers including Mahler, Strauss, Szymanowski and Berg. It is widely acknowledged as one of the peaks of the operatic repertoire, and has been performed regularly since is premiere.
This production, by renowned director Christoph Marthaler, stars leading Wagner exponents Robert Dean Smith and Irene Theorin in the title roles, supported by the Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Peter Schneider.
- Tristan: Robert Dean Smith
- Marke: Robert Holl
- Isolde: Irene Theorin
- Kurwenal: Jukka Rasilainen
- Melot: Ralf Lukas
- Brangäne: Michelle Breedt
- Junger Seemann: Clemens Bieber
- Ein Hirt: Arnold Bezuyen
- Ein Steuermann: Martin Snell
Stage Director: Christoph Marthaler
Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, in 2009.
‘Peter Schneider conducted with real feeling for the score and the prelude to the first act stole upon the ear with the magic of Bayreuth’s amazing acoustics. Robert Dean Smith is now a fine Tristan with a really beautiful voice. …Robert Holl made a moving King Marke, his magnificent bass nobly used. Some of the most beautiful singing came from Clemens Bieber’s Young Seaman at the beginning.’ - The Stage
‘In Tristan the standard of conducting and singing is high. Peter Schneider draws seamless playing from the orchestra, contouring Wagner’s long arcs of sound as only someone of his experience can do. Iréne Theorin and Robert Dean Smith make a well-balanced couple – she all temperament and sound, he emotionally neutral but vocally flawless.’ - The Financial Times
Running time: Approx 289 mins
Region code: All regions
Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4
Disc size: 2 x BD50
Picture format: 1080i High Definition / 16:9
Menu language: EN
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