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Wagner: Tannhauser / Gambill, Meier, Jordan [blu-ray]

Wagner / Jordan / Gambill / Nylund / Meier
Release Date: 10/27/2009 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 101352  
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Marcel ReijansWaltraud MeierCamilla NylundStephen Milling,   ... 
Conductor:  Philippe Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony OrchestraVienna Philharmonia Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Richard Wagner
(Blu-ray Disc Version)

Tannhäuser – Robert Gambill
Elisabeth – Camilla Nylund
Venus – Waltraud Meier
Wolfram von Eschenbach – Roman Trekel
Landgraf – Stephen Milling
Walther von der Vogelweide – Marcel Reijans
Biterolf – Tom Fox
Reimar von Zweter – Andreas Hörl
Heinrich der Schreiber – Florian Hoffmann
Ein junger Hirt – Katherina Müller

Vienna Philharmonia Choir
Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
Philippe Jordan, conductor
Read more /> Nikolaus Lehnhoff, stage director
Raimund Bauer, set design
Andrea Schmidt-Futterer, costumes

Recorded live from the Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden, 2008

- Tannhäuser, the Revolutionary – Documentary by Reiner E. Moritz including interviews with the stage director, conductor and cast as well as backstage material.

Picture format: 1080i Full HD
Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Menu language: English
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish
Running time: 205 mins (opera) + 58 mins (documentary)
No. of Discs: 1 (BD 50)

R E V I E W:


WAGNER Tannhäuser & Philippe Jordan, cond; Robert Gambill ( Tannhäuser ); Camilla Nylund ( Elizabeth ); Waltraud Meier ( Venus ); Roman Trekel ( Wolfram ); Stephen Milling ( Landgraf ); Marcel Reijans ( Walther ); Tom Fox ( Biterolf ); Vienna Philharmonic Ch; Berlin Deutsches SO ARTHAUS 101 351 (Blu-ray Disc: 205:00) Live: Baden-Baden 7/2008

& Documentary: “Tannhäuser the Revolutionary”

This highly satisfying Tannhäuser , directed by Nikolaus Lehnhoff, was covered in its DVD release in Fanfare 32: 6. Readers are referred to that review (the Fanfare Archive online, remember?) for more complete information regarding the production and performances. It’s based on the 1861 “Paris” version of the opera, with an important reintroduction of excised material to the second act song contest. The cast is very strong, led by Robert Gambill, who has undertaken many Wagnerian roles, but none as successfully as the title character of the composer’s problem-child drama.

The Blu-ray technology shows off the high-definition video to excellent effect from the very beginning, first showcasing the youthful orchestra and then the weirdly effective act I ballet. Subtleties of the lighting design are revealed. The sound, too, is gorgeously detailed: listen for the castanets and high-flying violin filigree during the ballet. With the 7.1 surround program (this is two more channels than the multichannel option on the standard DVD; most of us, at this point, will listen in 5.1, to no consequential disadvantage), it’s apparent that singers and instrumentalists occupy different spaces. One can pick out individual vocalists in complex ensemble textures. A thrilling highlight is the final scene of act II, from the “Entrance of the Guests” through to the curtain. The auf dem Theater brasses register gloriously from behind and the choral forces will energize your listening room, as they surely did the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus. This disc is a magnificent demonstration of what the new video technology can accomplish, in terms of re-creating at home the electricity of a live musical event.

As with the DVD, an hour-long documentary by Reiner E. Moritz (“Tannhäuser the Revolutionary”) is appended and is well worth watching. German, English, French, Chinese, and Italian subtitles are provided. You’ve got other good video choices on standard DVD—Levine and Sinopoli, both on DG, come to mind—but no Tannhäuser looks and sounds as good as this one.

FANFARE: Andrew Quint
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Works on This Recording

Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Marcel Reijans (Tenor), Waltraud Meier (Mezzo Soprano), Camilla Nylund (Soprano),
Stephen Milling (Bass), Roman Trekel (Baritone), Robert Gambill (Tenor),
Tom Fox (Baritone), Andreas Hörl (Bass)
Conductor:  Philippe Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonia Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2008 
Venue:  Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden 

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