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Ralph V Lucano
American Record Guide, January 2016

Kerl is a tireless, ringing Tannhäuser whose voice easily slices through the ensemble. …Eiche’s Wolfram is in the best German lyric tradition. …Best by far is Nylund’s Elisabeth, who deserves a better production. She looks beautiful, even saintly; and she brings fresh, shining tone to everything she does. …Kober is a capable conductor, and the orchestra plays wonderfully. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Andrew Quint
Fanfare, January 2016

Axel Kober conducts fluently…and the Bayreuth chorus has, as usual, been magnificently prepared by Eberhard Friedrich. The sound is superb, as good a representation as you can hear of one of the world’s great acoustic environments. Picture quality and video editing are beyond reproach. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



José Luis Bermúdez
Classical Net, October 2015

The vocal highlights of the performance are Markus Eiche’s Wolfram von Eschenbach and Camilla Nylund’s Elisabeth. Eiche combines delicacy and command. Wolfram comes across as much more complex and less “fussy” than he is often portrayed. Eiche is particularly fine in the opening of Act III… Michelle Breedt’s Venus sings with verve and passion in the Venusberg… © 2015 Classical Net Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2015

Recorded at the Bayreuth Festival in 2014, this is a modern dress version and a new concept of Wagner’s original story in a production by Sebastian Baumgarten. …Torsten Kerl, as Tannhäuser…has the vocal stamina required for the exacting role, and the power to ride over the orchestral outbursts, his suitably tortured Rome Narration being outstanding. I would also much commend to you Camilla Nylund as Elisabeth…she has the looks and the voice ideally suited to the ill-fated young woman. I am equally pleased with the voice of Michelle Breedt as Venus, while the suiters for Elisabeth’s affections are all well characterised. The enormous set—that must have cost an absolute fortune, and take days to construct—is captured in telling detail by the video producer, and, as seen in its Blu-ray presentation, it is certainly not lacking in primary colors. © 2015 David’s Review Corner



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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