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William R. Braun
Opera News, February 2016

Conductor Axel Kober seizes upon every lyrical theme. The unusual aspects of his interpretation—the brisk tempos of the Act II and Act III finales—seem to be in response to the staging, in which the chorus members venerate or obsessively clean the machinery. Camilla Nylund…admirably portrays an Elisabeth who is deranged from the start, playing her entrance as Marguerite’s jewel song, repeatedly mutilating her hands at the end of Act II and ultimately committing suicide in a tank of bio gas. It’s all worth watching once, after which it will make an unusual donation to your local public library. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review



Mike Ashman
Gramophone, September 2015

WAGNER, R.: Tannhäuser (Bayreuth Festival, 2014) (NTSC) OA1177D
WAGNER, R.: Tannhäuser (Bayreuth Festival, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7171D

Tannhäuser, not the easiest opera in the repertoire to cast, is handsomely sung here. Following in the footsteps of the role’s creator Josef Tichatschek, Torsten Kerl puts his Rienzi experience to good use as the frustrated minstrel, ending with a suitably tortured reading of the Rome Narration. Camilla Nylund’s Elisabeth has a range of novel emotions to convey, including humour and sexual interest. The fellow Wartburg minstrels, especially Markus Eiche’s Wolfram, are pretty ideal. And we mustn’t forget Katja Stuber’s drunken Shepherd, here given so much more to act than normal. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Karl Lozier
Positive Feedback Online, September 2015

WAGNER, R.: Tannhäuser (Bayreuth Festival, 2014) (NTSC) OA1177D
WAGNER, R.: Tannhäuser (Bayreuth Festival, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7171D

…quite outstanding and a bit unique though on a very different and smaller scale. © 2015 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review





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