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Richard Wagner - Tristan und Isolde (James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra)
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Jane Eaglen was exeptionally good as Isolde. Sensitive and powerful. Her curse at the end of the narrative was staggering. Ben Heppner was equally great as Tristan. He is everything you could want from a great Tristan. What I like the most about this is the way they perform together, making the duet the highlight. Heppner's performance in the extremely difficult third act was also done with flying colors. He seemed like to give his all, but never got tired.
The supported cast is also really good. Katarina Dalayman is very good as Brangane and Rene Pape was his usual great self. He was a bit young for the king, but it hardly mattered when hearing his interpretation. Hans-Joachim Ketelsen was also really good as Kurwenal.
The conducting of James Levine was slow, as usual, but not in a bad way, like on his Parsifal. He manages to keep the drama moving, making his orchestra play very senstivly supporting the great leads on stage very well.
The picture is very good, but it is not 16:9. All of the new DVDs from performances from the European opera houses, like La Scala, are photographed using the high definition format. But this doesn't matter at all, being such a fantastic production.
The sound is also really exceptional with both an uncompressed PCM track in addition to a DTS track.
With this performance it is clear that great Wagnerian singing is not dead.Read more ›
This is my first Wagnerian DVD, and i highly recommend this one. If you dont need real ships or castles, but you are deep into the music, the lirics and the intensity. Is all that matter here.
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This is the fourth opera that Richard Wagner composed. It is a great love classic in the Celtic times. Read morePublished 8 months ago by James D. Weinberg
Wonderful video, superb singing. I can't rave more about these 2 giants in opera. Loved the modern set even though I am a major traditionalist. Read morePublished 12 months ago by R. A. D.
I viewed several different dvd performances to find what I wanted. First, it must be traditional staging. Second, it must be true to Wagner's intent. Third, it must be well sung. Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Boz
In recent years the Met has sought to live down its reputation for timid conservatism by joining the international campaign to "modernize" Wagner. Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by Woodduck
Ignore the silly adolescent obsession with physical beauty or the lack of it shown in so many reviews of this wonderful DVD. Heppner and Eaglen are ideal as is Pape as King Mark. Read morePublished on May 22, 2011 by Larry J. Victor
There were some things I liked in this production, but some things that drove me to just sell this DVD so I could get a different one. Read morePublished on February 23, 2010 by Anatola
For all the talk about how this DVD sucks because of the 2 fat singers, you can take them out and replace them with the most handsome and beautiful Tristan/Isolde pair you can... Read morePublished on January 23, 2010 by Masterman
This is my second time watching Tristan und Isolde and also my second Jurgen Rose production. While the music of Tristan is loved by most I find it to be one and three quarters... Read morePublished on September 3, 2009 by tom h.
This performance should have restricted itself to c/d. Visually, not to mince words, it's an embarrassment. Read morePublished on April 25, 2009 by S. Hutton
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