Notes and Editorial Reviews
If Daniel Barenboim's regular appearances at Bayreuth since 1981 and his directorship of both the Chicago Symphony and the Berlin State Opera since 1992 were not enough to qualify him to conduct Richard Wagner's most tuneful work, 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,' then look to his recording of Chopin's Nocturnes. In that recording, he shows himself to be a master of both projecting a singing line and providing a richly supportive accompaniment.
His sure hand leads this cast of Bayreuth veterans through a most pleasing account of the Wagner opera that delights even non-Wagnerians. Without question, the standout performance is that of Peter Sieffert as Walther. Sieffert's easy, full, bright tenor sound never flags, remaining a joy to listen to from beginning to end. A strong runner-up is the Hans Sachs of Robert Holl. His beautiful rendition of "Was duftet doch der Flieder" proves that a weighty bass voice can still be pliable and produce moments of genuine tenderness.