, September 2012
…the DVD set is worth acquiring for a variety of reasons, chief among which is Peter Seiffert.
Sebastian Weigle shapes the overture to Tannhäuser magnificently. The reading is replete with expressive, carefully planned shadings.
The offstage chorus is exemplary, and perfectly distanced.
Beatrice Uria-Monzon is a creamy voiced, mezzo Venus, as alluring vocally as she is physically…The Venus-Tannhäuser scene of the first act really introduces us to Seiffert’s superb capabilities…It is immediately obvious he has the role completely. The voice is strong, confident, and ardent (as in his cries to Venus to free him to go to Earth), yet lyrical throughout. In short, he fully inhabits the world of the Heldentenor. His Rome Narrative (act III) shows his voice strong and virile, and his portrayal gripping from first to last.
Petra Maria Schnitzer is an imposing presence, and her fine soprano has no problems attaining heights of ecstasy.
Eliana Bayón is an excellent Shepherd (again, distancing is excellently managed).
The chorus is excellent throughout, perhaps shining most in act II (scene 4).
A thought-provoking and musically satisfying addition to anyone’s Wagner DVD collection. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review