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  • Actors: Robert Gambill, Nina Stemme, The Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek
  • Directors: Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Directed for TV and DVD Thomas Grimm
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Classical, Colour, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte (Naxos Deutschland GmbH)
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 358 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00118DQXI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,644 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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"Glyndebourne's celebrated production of Nikolaus Lehnhoff's Tristan und Isolde is a supremely intelligent achievement; gravely beautiful, haunting and meditative, it is deeply reflective rather than visceral, fortified by Roland Aeschlimann's stunningly effective set, a womb-like space through which the protagonists move like gods. Conductor Ji í B lohlávek mirrors Lehnhoff's approach in his sophisticated plumbing of the score's depths, with every shift in texture carefully laid bare by an inspired London Philharmonic Orchestra. Nina Stemme's Isolde and Robert Gambill's Tristan, both gloriously lyrical, are matched by superb performances from René Pape as the betrayed and vulnerable King Marke and Bo Skovhus as Kurwenal, deeply touching in his helpless devotion to Tristan. This High Definition recording of a production of uncommon intimacy reveals the opera's music and drama in a new light.

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"I don t think that I have ever witnessed a more perfect realisation of a Wagner opera than this superb Tristan und Isolde...[Ji í B lohlávek] is scrupulous with the score, and takes his time over it: the pauses and silences are immense and there is no factitious attempt to whip up excitement by speeding...a great and unforgettable occasion." (The Daily Telegraph)

"A performance realised to Glyndebourne's highest standards the chorus and stage brass are Bayreuthlevel, the casting immaculate (they can all really sing these parts), and B lohlávek's conducting balanced with a Goodall-like attention to the filigree detail of Wagner's new-wave scoring." (Gramophone)

"...those looking for a Tristan with warmth and immediacy will find it certainly shares Barenboim's benchmark recommendation." (BBC Music Magazine)

Cast
Nina Stemme (Isolde)
Robert Gambill (Tristan)
Katarina Karnéus (Brangäne)
Bo Skovhus (Kurwenal)
René Papa (King Marke)
Stephen Gadd (Melot)

Glyndebourne Chorus; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Ji í B lohlávek

Stage Director: Nikolaus Lehnhoff

Catalogue Number: OA0988D
Date of Performance: 2007
Running Time: 350 minutes
Sound: DTS Surround 5.1; LPCM Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, ES, IT
Label: Opus Arte"

Review

I don't think that I have ever witnessed a more perfect realisation of a Wagner opera than this superb Tristan und Isolde. ...[Jirí Belohlávek] is scrupulous with the score, and takes his time over it: the pauses and silences are immense and there is no factitious attempt to whip up excitement by speeding. ...a great and unforgettable occasion --The Daily Telegraph

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 April 2008
This Tristan arrived with plenty of hype and is certainly about as good as one dare hope for in these times. The staging, although conceptual, is at least imaginative and visually striking without being completely foolish or haphazard. Yet,as is always the way with opera nowadays, there are annoying details, mannerisms, which will pall on repeated viewing.

Nina Stemme, it must be presumed, will blossom into the great Wagner soprano of this quarter of the new century. At the moment, her acting leaves a little to be desired. There is little sense of consuming passion, erotic love or transcendence in this performance. Her constant smirk during Marke's despair is truly painful to watch.

The tenor, Robert Gambill, looks impressively deranged in Act Three, somewhat goofy in Act Two where his voice is horribly strained and wobbly. I know, it's a uniquely taxing opera for singers. They simply have to be heroic in their capacity and although he looks the part, his voice and characterisation leave much to be desired.

The support from the other singers, not for the first time, is exemplary. Belohlavek and the LPO offer a strong but insufficiently exciting interpretation of Wagner's torrential music. Camera work and lighting is satisfactory despite one or two peculiarities.

Better than this, although dated as films (grainy images) are the two available performances by the incomparable Birgit Nilsson. Amazon offer the 1973 performance at Orange with the remarkable John Vickers as Tristan and the superb Karl Bohm conducting. Unless you're fussy about sound quality, this is the one you should buy. The other one, from Japan alongside Windgassen's Tristan, is very hard to find but well worth it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael de Navarro on 9 Jan. 2010
This is a splendid record of a great and, at last, a really intelligent production of a masterwork. Not everyone liked Behlolavek's conducting as much as I did, but I thought his understanding of the score and his relationship with the singers, particularly, Stemme and Pape was outstanding. All the other roles were done well, but for me those two dominated the evening. For her it was another step on the way to becoming not just the Isolde of our time but one of the very greats, a process crowned by her performances at ROH last year. A real singing actress who seems incapable of singing a false note, has reserves of pwer for every climax and knows every note and word of the score, she never allows the detail to deflect from the big picture. It would be hard to forget the passion of her Act I performance or of the transfigured Isolde floating away from us in the closing bars and with this DVD one can bring it back at will. A happy memory of Glyndebourne's first Wagner.
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By John Stone on 6 Feb. 2014
I have often wondered whether I even wanted to watch a video of Tristan and was happily disabused here. This production is acted with such concentration and conviction by all participants that it never leaves you in any doubt - the drama may be essentially interior but the singers live and breathe it with the greatest precision, show almost impossible stamina, and generally excite awed admiration. Also, Belohlavek who is not particularly known as an opera conductor demonstrates easeful mastery of the score - it could scarcely be better paced.

Virtually everyone is a hero, and so is producer Nikolaus Lehnhoff, only with one or two significant reservations. First of all he deserves the greatest praise with Belohlavek for drawing such focussed dramatic performances from his artists. Also, with his design team he makes very powerful use of a small stage and abstract set - perhaps the camera also helps but there is a play with the raking of the stage which makes the actors loom large, particularly when emerging from the back: the way the figures tower remind me slightly of Eisenstein's film Ivan the Terrible, and though this may be incidental, it ends up with an almost similar chill. It could be said that narrative has been twisted. There are only hints of this in the first two acts in which Brangaene has taken on a slightly witch like cast, as if she is hiding something and has secret malevolent intent like the nurse in Die Frau ohne Schatten. In final moments of act one she hovers over the reeling Tristan and Isolde like a great bat in her dark cloak, as if she has always been the catalyst of death. It is remarkable piece of theatre but one you really cannot read into Wagner's intent. She is not that kind of figure: she is a victim like everyone else.
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An glorious production from Sussex. Not for the purists, but this concept seems to come close to fulfilling the work's need for abstraction. The singing from Stemme is first-rate and she is admirably supported by an excellent cast. The orchestra is in good form. Perhaps the best Tristan currently on disc.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Don A. Mele on 22 Feb. 2011
What a disappointment, and a hugely expensive one to purchase at that. This is a Nikolaus Lehnoff production, and as such is absolutely stunning it its presentation. Unfortunately, they must have used a high school student as a sound engineer and you can hardly hear the singers. Lehnoff had the same problem with his Tannhäuser, but solved it admirably with his Lohengrin and Parsifal. I recommend the last two highly, but not this Tristan. Don't get me wrong. The sound of the orchestra here is sublime, but the singing is drowned out and indistinct despite the noblest efforts of the cast. Singers at the back of the stage are virtually mute. It looks as if they are miming in a silent film with loud music. Those at the front are only marginally better off. You certainly can't understand them, unlike the singers in the suberb Deutsche Grammophon Barenboim Bayreuth Tristan (also on DVD). In that production, Siegfried Jerusalem and Waltraud Meier give you goose bumps. The only singers you can hear clearly in this Opus Arte Tristan are those who sing off-stage directly into the mike. What a disservice to the performers! I would have loved to have heard them. Must have been an experience to be in the hall.
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