Wagner's Tannhäuser: Complete Opera Box set
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most of the singers fit barenboims view like a glove and most of them are 'germanic' in origin, hence there is (mainly) good diction and attention to the meaning of the text. peter seiffert must rank as one of the most successful tannhausers in a long time, his sound is beautiful while he is expressive and in the end the tormented broken figure that tannhauser becomes. while he hasn't quite the domingo-bloom in his voice (but then domingo's german is so unidiomatic and, beautifully as he sings, his portrayal under sinopoli is painted in water colors - whereas seiffert's is a person of flesh and blood) and sometimes here is a hint of unevenness when he puts pressure on his voice (but never obtusively so), his is an interpretation that shines like a star!
none of the other men needs to fear to be outshone though, as they hold up their ends to build quite the strongest male trio all around! next to seiffert there is hampson's hypersensitive wolfram (and his 'abendstern' aria in the last act just grips you by the throat), although an american, his diciton is crystal clear - his wolfram is very much in the dietrich fischer-dieskau mode ... and i think that is praise in itself. rene pape is probably the best of all landgrafs (and no, i am not forgetting kurt moll under haitink!), his every utterance full of meaning and his voice just a gem! so were it only for the men this set would get 6 out of 5 stars!!!!Read more ›
Of course not. Barenboim is by now a supremely experienced and intelligent Wagner conductor, and he straddles the split personalities of this piece with ease, telling the story with a grip on the broader architecture whilst giving the individual scenes their own personalities. The Venusberg music is as sexy and languid as one could wish, whilst the Wartburg is all splendour and ceremony. the second act builds up a fine head of steam and the Rome Narration is gripping. The orchestral playing is absolutely beautiful, refined and phrased with suoreme care and attention to detail, and to my ear Barenboim's grip on pacing is superb. The (large-sounding) chorus, afforded so many marvellous opportunities in this piece, are excellent.
Barenboim picks soloists very much of "his" team, and has a good rapport with them. Seiffert is thrilling, sounding youthful and ardent and tackling the taxing vocal lines - with their cruel excursions ever higher - without trouble. Rene Pape, popping up as the Landgrave/Marke/Heinrich all over the place, is for a good reason the Bass of choice nowadays for this repertoire. The tone is rock-solid, his German clear and idiomatic and his phrasing generous and expressive. The same could be said of Hampson, whose finely focused baritone is most welcome as Wolfram.Read more ›
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The beginning of Wagner's Tannhauser , has a very promising start. Daniel Barenboim conducting of the overture is powerful, musical and expressive. It is a joy to listen to it. Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by Peter Dietrich
Daniel Barenboim has made some mighty fine Wagner recordings, the most successful being Parsifal and Tristan und Isolde. Read morePublished on August 24, 2010 by pekinman
I'm not going to repeat the sentiments others have so ably expressed. True, Eaglen is less than perfect but so are nearly all the recent crop of Wagnerian sopranos (i.e. Read morePublished on June 8, 2010 by Gustav Mahler
Barenboim's Tannhauser is the most sumptuous and erotic Tannhauser I've experienced.
The Teldec sound is demonstration quality, and the singers put a lot of effort into... Read more
Peter Seiffert and Daniel Barenboim are the two main reasons to buy this recording. It's interesting to compare Seiffert's younger, brighter purely tenor interpretation with the... Read morePublished on May 12, 2007 by Steven Muni
Like Sinopoli and Solti, Barenboim's rendition of Wagner's 1845 opera is intriguing, attention-grabbing, and groundbreaking. Read morePublished on July 5, 2006 by Eric S. Kim
Let me tell you;just don't believe on intransigent rewiews about this outstanding recording.On the contrary,hurry yourselves to get this amazing,very inspired Tannhäuser on... Read morePublished on September 1, 2005 by Guntram