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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (2008)

Decker , Wojciechowski  |  NR |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Decker, Wojciechowski, Derilova
  • Format: Classical, Color, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus Musik
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 224 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HBX8NW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,634 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Iordanka Derilova, Richard Decker, Market Wojciechowski, Ulf Paulsen, Kostadin Arguirov, and Alexandra Petersamer star in this live 2007 Anhaltisches Theater Dessau production of the Wagner opera conducted by Golo Berg in this 2 DVD set.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Flawed Yet Beguiling Tristan und Isolde February 10, 2009
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While not a Tristan for the ages, this set from a German provincial house represents what I love most about opera: a company with a permanent roster, orchestra and theatre tackling challenging one of the giants of the operatic repertoire. That a town of 70,000 has a company capable of mounting a Tristan at all warrants our attention.

Anhiltisches designers are hampered by having no rear wall and a fully visible orchestra parked directly behind the playing area. Felsenstein gives us a rear projection of a moving sea, beautifully lit to vary the times of day in which the story occurs. Lighting here is amazing - the most important element of the set defining terrain, locations, and more.

The chief stage area is a smallish rectangular platform taking up half of the width of the theatre/stage area - almost all action occurs here on this rectangle, which is also a turntable, allowing for scene changes and offering different perspectives of a particular scene. In an opera often considered "static" this flow of motion allows Tristan and Isolde to remain immobile, while passing through lighting effects that offers deeper insights into their characters.

Company soprano and Bulgarian beauty Iordanka Derilove is absolutely gorgeous and offers the most physical and one of the most emotionally complex Isoldes I've yet seen. Her Irish Princess is intelligent, regal - every inch a future queen, yet also wild, febrile with a sexuality that frequently crosses over into the obsessive. Few Isoldes put across the irony of the first act, if at all, certainly not anywhere approaching the level Derilove does, with the flair of a Redgrave or a Streep. The mocking admonishment she delivers at

". . . ein sanftres Weib
gewännst du nie.
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Well-played and sung, with attractive singers, and an excellent traditional set, this COULD have been the definitive Tristan und Isolde on video. That is, if they had gone and raided the local college drama department for a few simple period costumes (drab would be fine, even burlap bags).

Instead we get 21st century business casual, party attire, and hair tint, all strutting around on a wooden sailing ship, delivering a bride to the King as per the libretto, discussing political problems between Ireland and Cornwall, etc.

Other than the costuming, it's a very decent production and could well have been the definitive Tristan video. Too bad, it is certainly no such thing now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LORDANKA DERILOVA IS ISOLDE August 28, 2014
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I am going to Dessau to see Wagner's Ring this next spring, and Brunhilde will be played by LORDANKA DERILOVA. What a name! Well I had to hear her and there was this Tristan available so I got it and she is good. But I must admit I was taken with her name. Now I can't wait to see her in person. You too can hear LORDANKA DERILOVA. NOW!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tristan und Isolde January 1, 2013
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The voices are so beautiful, but the acting, esepcially in the love duet is so cold, and does not show any emotions, contrary to said words that express deep love.
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