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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Bernstein, Bavarian Radio Symphony

Release Date: 06/22/2018 
Label:  C Major   Catalog #: 746208  
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Heribert SteinbachHildegard BehrensYvonne MintonPeter Hofmann,   ... 
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio Choir
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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This is one of the most beautiful and brilliant recordings of Wagner´s Tristan und Isolde and it´s first time available on video. Leonard Bernstein’s way of conducting this opera is unique and he makes orchestra and singers perform at their very best. The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks was the only German orchestra with which Leonard Bernstein regularly collaborated for many years and it has numbered among the top ten orchestras in the world. A star cast of singers with Peter Hofmann and Hildegard Behrens in the title roles completes this exceptional semi-staged production. Bernstein’s 1981 recording of Wagner’s
Read more Tristan und Isolde is still considered an outstanding interpretation and has set the bar until this day. When he heard this performance Karl Bohm said, “Bernstein has conducted Tristan und Isolde the way that Wagner intended it to be conducted”.


Bernstein prefers a very personal, emotionally spontaneous approach, and the orchestral playing is, as to be expected, sensational. in all Peter Hoffmann and Hildegard Behrens sound fresh, youthful, and intense, if not highly dramatic or heroic in the more traditional Wagnerian sense.

The resolution of the film falls short of the technical possibilities inherent the Blu-ray format. Away from the grandiose soundtrack, the DVD / Blu-ray is of more historical interest, lacking the modern degree of visual splendor.

– Merker Online


Subtitles: G, E, F, Sp, It, Kr, Jp
Booklet: English, German, French
No. of Discs: 3
Run time: 291 minutes
Disc Format: DVD 9
Picture: NTSC 4:3
Audio: PCM Stereo
Region Code: 0 (worldwide) Read less

Works on This Recording

Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Heribert Steinbach (Tenor), Hildegard Behrens (Soprano), Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano),
Peter Hofmann (Tenor), Bernd Weikl (Baritone), Hans Sotin (Bass)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1859; Germany 

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