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Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde [Box set]

Richard Wagner , Christian Thielemann , Vpo , Thomas Moser , Robert Holl , Deborah Voigt , Vopc Audio CD
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“The urgency and depth of his conducting are irresistible.”
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  • Performer: Thomas Moser, Robert Holl, Deborah Voigt, Vopc
  • Orchestra: Vpo
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (June 15, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B0001L5NNW
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 1. Einleitung
2. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 1. Scene 2. Frisch weht der Wind der Heimat zu
3. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 1. Scene 3. Weh, ach wehe! Dies zu dulden!
4. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 1. Scene 4. Auf! Auf! Ihr Frauen! Frisch und froh!
5. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 1. Scene 4. Herr Tristan trete nah! / Scene 5. Begehrt, Herrin, was ihr wünscht
6. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 1. Scene 5. Tristan! - Isolde! - Treuloser Holder!
Disc: 2
1. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 2. Einleitung
2. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 2. Scene 1. Hörst du sie noch?
3. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 2. Scene 2. Isolde! Geliebte! / Tristan! Geliebter!
4. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 2. Scene 2. O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe
5. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 2. Scene 2. Einsam wachend in der Nacht
6. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 2. Scene 3. Rette dich, Tristan!
Disc: 3
1. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 3. Scene 1. Kurwenal! He! Sag, Kurwenal!
2. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 3. Scene 1. Hei nun! Wie du kamst?
3. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 3. Scene 1. Noch losch das Licht nicht aus
4. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 3. Scene 1. Noch ist kein Schiff zu sehn!
5. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 3. Scene 1. Bist du nun tot? Lebst du noch?
6. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 3. Scene 2. O diese Sonne! Ha, dieser Tag!

Editorial Reviews

This new Tristan, recorded live in Vienna, is an orchestral feast. Conductor Christian Thielemann relishes every note of Wagner's complex score, and while his balances are occasionally odd (could it be the recording?), they do allow us to savor the composer's spectacular orchestration, along with every leitmotif and each crescendo and diminuendo. Deborah Voigt's eagerly awaited Isolde is not an unqualified success; while this intelligent artist is generous with her voice and feelings (her Narrative and Curse is a powerhouse of rage), there is not only some strain and forced singing at the top of her range, but she also lacks the "pillar of sound" of the greatest Isoldes---the role seems a size too large for her. The Tristan of Thomas Moser only truly impresses in his huge Third Act; elsewhere there is something generic about both his tone and approach. Petra Lang's Brangaene is superb; Peter Weber's devoted Kurwenal is burly. Robert Holl's King Marke is on the dull side. But most of the set's drawbacks might be laid at the doorstep of Thielemann; his exquisitely symphonic, almost clinical reading is fine for a museum or a study class, but it tears the longing and sensuality from the opera. Everyone should own the Nilsson-Windgassen-Böhm and/or the Flagstad-Svanholm-Furtwängler (sets. This one is for those who love the indeed loveable Deborah Voigt. --Robert Levine

Product Description

Originally released in May 2004, this is Christian Thielemann's first complete opera recording on Deutsche Grammophon. Live recording from the Vienna State Opera house. Complete libretto included. Deborah Voigt, one of the world's most celebrated Wagnerian sopranos, undertakes the iconic role of Isolde for the first time at the Metropolitan Opera beginning in March 2008, in New York.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Which modern Tristan to buy? October 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Since Thielemann's live Tristan and EMI's studio version with Placido Domingo both received decidedly mixed reviews, I thought it would be interesting to consider the leading available choices for this great opera. By some accounts, all are so uneven that there is no clear winner, but at least you can consider which elements of the work are most important to you and make your selection that way.

Condcutor: If all that mattered were the conductor, the situation would be golden. Wilhelm Furtwangler heads the list in 1952 with his much-acclaimed mono set on EMI, but at almost exactly the same time Karajan was conducting a live performance at Bayreuth, now issued in good broadcast mono by Orfeo, that gives Furtwangler a serious rival -- I prefer it, in fact. Twenty years later, this time in stereo, Karajan was magnificent with the Berlin Phil. in a studio set for EMI, despite some engineering quirks. Finally, there is Carlos Kleiber's dstreamlined modern view on DG. These four sets give us a conductor-dominated perspective of a score whose orchestral part alone would cause it to rank as a pinnacle of Western music. They encompass such diverse musical intelligence, insight, and virtuosity that I couldn't imagine wanting more. Other notable Wagner conductors -- Bohm, Solti, Knappertsbusch, and now (I suppose) Thielemann -- have also had their say in the modern era and have gained a clutch of enthusiastic fans, although I am not among them. Antonio Pappano, conducting on the EMI set with Domingo, gives a fresh reading with lots of virtues, although he seems consciously to steer away from Wagner style, perhaps too much so. Thielemann's great flaw is inconsistency; he is apt to go slack and lose focus, yet there are many moments of skill and beauty.
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34 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumph June 27, 2004
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This recording has been much anticipated in the press, and I'm happy to say that it was worth the wait. Although I have had a tendency to be effusive in praise in the past, I am heartfelt in my statement (and prediction) that this will be recognized in years to come as one of the great, classic recordings of the 21st century. In short,this is the most successful, exciting and satisfying recording of a Wagner opera that I have heard in a long time.
The first order of praise must, of course, go to Christian Thielemann, who here proves himself to be the great Wagner conductor of our time, and a true successor to Karajan, Bohm, and Solti in his understanding of not only the letter of Wagner's score, but the emotion behind it. From the opening notes of the prelude, Thielemann immerses us in Wagner's world, and the famous "Tristan Chord" seemed as remarkable and astonishing to me in this hearing as it did when I first encountered it almost twenty years ago. Although Thielemann has been praised by the press time and time again, it has surprised me how slow he has been in gaining a larger "fan base" (others in this catagory would include Welser-Most and Adam Fischer, both exceptional conductors with almost no name recognition for the general classical-buying public), but I think this new recording might change that in no time.
The performance continuous at a luxurious, yet always dramatic pace, gaining strength as he first act continues; rapturous in the love music of the second, and devestating in the haunting despair and transfiguration of the third. The sound of the Wiener Staatsoper Orchestra is, of course, top rate (as it should be). They sound truly inspired under Thielemann's baton.
And now to the cast!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A reassessment of this Tristan July 12, 2006
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I had reviewed this Tristan once and gave it three stars, but after giving it a second listen, I am beginning to find more and more insights to Christian Thielemann's conducting that I have never heard in the renditions of other conductors. In several ways, he has the gravitas of Furtwängler, the energy of Böhm, the lyricism and colour of Karajan, the clarity of Kleiber, and a unique Straussian insight to the score that makes this Tristan uniquely his own. When I first heard it, I heard a recording with a conductor who didn't have a voice in the recording, as if he were taking all the great interpretations of the past and meshing it into one evening at the opera. Now, I have seen another aspect of Tristan which has never amazed me so much that I would call this recording a great Tristan. In Thielemann's conducting, you are able to hear every leitmotif, every orchestral dimension and detail, and a unique tragic color that makes his Wagner so special in a day and age where conductors are becoming more incompetent in the operatic realm.

The cast is definitely another plus to this already great production. Deborah Voigt, the greatest Wagner and Strauss soprano of our day, brings her lush, creamy voice to a passionate Isolde. While she lacks the column of sound of a Nilsson or a Flagstad, she definitely outsings several of the sopranos who came before her. She absolutely has an advantage over singers like Margaret Price and Catarina Ligenza, and in some ways she blows Johanna Meier, Gwyneth Jones, and Martha Mödl out of the water. It is not yet the Isolde of our dreams, but she definitely has some ideas about the role that would in time mature into a great interpretation that would hold for the ages.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars There are Better Recordings of This Opera
Don't buy this version! It is a complete waste of money...and time. With recordings out there with Nilsson, Flagstad, Price, Vickers, Windgassen etc. Read more
Published on July 31, 2007 by Pirooz Aghssa
2.0 out of 5 stars Demerits well outweight positives
Thielemann: erratic, ranging from beautifully phrased and noble legati, to autopilot let the notes role; technically fairly polished however; Moser: generally expressive but does... Read more
Published on March 15, 2007 by J. Chiu
2.0 out of 5 stars A small voiced "Tristan" with unbalanced sound
This recording is a major disappointment. Tristan's voice is not heroic, Voigt sounds weak, there are odd sound balances, AND background noise. Read more
Published on September 19, 2006 by J. de Baun
5.0 out of 5 stars Deborah Voigt Fans Will Eat It Up
Deborah Voigt is today's leading dramatic sopranos, and she's American!! We haven't had a true great American opera star since the heady days of singers Leontyne Price, Marilyn... Read more
Published on February 8, 2006
3.0 out of 5 stars Qualified success for new DGG Tristan u. Isolde
News from Vienna arrived on the web as hot off the presses (very long before any of us knew that DGG's mikes were present) of practically a signature triumph by Deborah Voigt, for... Read more
Published on January 7, 2006 by David H. Spence
1.0 out of 5 stars There are so many better performances of Tristan. Pass!
I must confess I have listened to this version of Tristan on the radio, not knowing which version it was. Read more
Published on April 11, 2005 by igor
1.0 out of 5 stars Where is Tristan?
Unbelievable, this set is titled "tristan und isolde" but Tristan is almost a ghost. Mr Moser lacks the power and sensitivity demanded by that roll. Read more
Published on March 16, 2005 by Chancellor
3.0 out of 5 stars Isolde... und Tristan?
Don't DG producers remember the title of this opera? It is TRISTAN und Isolde and not Voigt und Thieleman...

What was Moser doing that night? Read more
Published on January 2, 2005 by Amfortas
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating reading of this opera
I for one am delighted that DG has brought out this recording of the May 2003 Vienna production of Tristan. (How anyone could seriously give this set ONE star is beyond me. Read more
Published on December 31, 2004 by Zeldock
3.0 out of 5 stars THE FINAL VOTE IS NOT IN !!
Something very strange about all the reviews for this set. They either love it or hate it. I for one, am undecided. Read more
Published on August 23, 2004 by William C. Norvell, Jr.
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