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Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, June 2012

…the astonishing miracle of Wagner’s music turning itself inside out and outside in, up and down and all around to provide one of the most complete spectacles of musical/emotional manipulation ever created.

This is one of Wolfgang Wagner’s last productions…and makes use of traditional elements imposed on a modern stage that relies on elaborate and (thankfully) period costuming but very few props of any kind, with a huge screen in the back that facilitates the scene changes with basic background. Visually it is very appealing if not the last word in creative staging. Daniel Barenboim…conducts very well with a lot of energy and support.

The cast is generally very good. Peter Seiffert is an effective—and very large—Walther, while Robert Holl’s Sachs captures the role nicely without drawing undue attention to itself. Add Andreas Schmidt’s colorful and character-laden Beckmesser—without turning the part into that of a clown—and you have a basic line of principals who blend very well as a cast. Everyone needs a good visual Meistersinger, and this one serves the need about as well as any. © 2012 Audiophile Audition Read complete review






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