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But what makes this Tannhäuser outstanding is the singing of the soloists and Colin Davis inspired conducting of the Bayreuth forces, chorus and orchestra singing and playing with energy and nuance. Gwyneth Jones takes on both of the female leads, Venus and Elizabeth. Her Venus is good, though one might prefer a singer with a stronger bottom register, and her Elizabeth is sung beautifully. Her big arias, Dich teure Halle and >i>Allmächtge Jungfrau are sing with the intensity she displays in her acting. Time and again the camera focuses on her subtle facial and body movements that reveal the characters thoughts. In effect, shes acting three roles here, the imperious Venus of Act One, the innocent young Elizabeth of Act Two, and the stricken, disheveled girl of Act Three. Tenor Spas Wenkoff matches her in intensity of singing and acting, never seeming to tire, even in the harrowing last Act of this demanding role. Baritone Bernd Weikl is an excellent Wolfram, Tannhäusers friend who loves Elizabeth, and Hans Sotins strong bass makes the Landgraf an imposing authority figure. --Dan Davis
Tannhäuser is sung in German with subtitles in German, English, French, Spanish and Chinese. Sound options include PCM Stereo and DTS 5.1 Surround.
Gwyneth Jones tackles the roles of both Venus and Elisabeth, and portrays both superbly, in fine voice.
Colin Davis was not known as a Wagner conductor, but he leads a great reading, at turns reverential, erotic; certainly more suitable than the bombastic Solti.
The transition is seamless and the re-entry of the ensemble makes better musical sense than Wagner's cut.
Have it on laser disc. Needed to update to DVD. Particularly moving piece. Almost made me go religious!Published 2 months ago by Wolfgang Holst
I was rather surprised by the cast wearing crotchless fishnet pantyhose and little else during the first act,
but the music more than made up for it.
The Bayreuth production is a bit modern/quirky, but this has been a foundational composition of my life since the 1960s, so I can forgive a lot of the "modern" production... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alan Dowd
If you have to choose one DVD Tannhauser, this is the one. Colin Davis was not known as a Wagner conductor, but he leads a great reading, at turns reverential, erotic; certainly... Read morePublished 6 months ago by DGlo
Wonderful performance and, for a 1978 production, technically excellent as to sound & video quality.Published 9 months ago by Miles A Lybeck
Several earlier reviewers have stated this is the Dresden version. They are incorrect. You will be extremely disappointed, if you know the difference and are looking for... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brent Peterson
New stage, (clean), three women in one voice (Meant three caracters), DG quality, Results are enogh to satisfy Wagner lovers.Published 11 months ago by Francisco Benitez Espada
I have always wanted to hear Colin Davis perform a wagner opera. I definitely did not look forward to anyone interpreting Der Ring Des Nibelungen trilogy because, try as anyone... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tahseen Nakavi