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Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde (Recorded Live At The Bayreuth Festival 2009) [Blu-ray] [2010]


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  • Directors: Christoph Marthaler
  • Format: Box set, Classical, Colour, DTS Surround Sound, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Dec 2009
  • Run Time: 289 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002QEXC76
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,855 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival in July & August 2009, this production marks the beginning of an exciting new long-term partnership between the Bayreuth Festival and Opus Arte. The prestigious music festival takes place each year in northern Germany in a theatre that Wagner himself personally supervised the design and construction of. The festival has become a pilgrimage destination for Wagner enthusiasts, who often have to wait up to ten years to obtain a ticket! Katharina Wagner, the great-grand daughter of Richard Wagner, is currently codirector of the festival together with her sister Eva Wagner-Pasquier. Tristan und Isolde was first performed in 1865 and provided inspiration to many composers including Mahler, Strauss, Szymanowski and Berg. It is widely acknowledged as one of the peaks of the operatic repertoire, and has been performed regularly since its premiere. This production, by renowned director Christoph Marthaler, stars leading Wagner exponents Robert Dean Smith and Iréne Theorin in the title roles, supported by the Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Peter Schneider.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 May 2011
Format: Blu-ray
In terms of dramatic representation, there's not really much you can do with Tristan und Isolde, which conversely means that an imaginative director can do just about anything with it. Bayreuth doesn't really seem interested in staging traditional productions of Wagner's operas, but in an opera like Tristan und Isolde, that shouldn't matter in the slightest. It's not a historical opera tied to a specific period, it's a mythological opera about the mysterious forces of love. Christoph Marthaler's 2005 production for the Bayreuth Festival, recorded here in a 2009 performance, finds a good balance between making the drama and the interaction between the characters intriguing to consider, while still being faithful to the opera's themes.

From the costumes and the décor of the ships interior in Act 1, it looks like it is randomly set in the 1930s, but not over-realistically so - the sets there to create a specific environment that ends up working quite well, rising into three tiers for each of the three acts, maintaining a fluidity and consistency in the piece. The main visual theme however - considering its significance in the second act - is that of lights, from the neon ring "stars" in the sky in Act 1, to the light switches of Act 2, and the pulsing rings of Act 3 that could represent love or life, or the two combined in death. Obviously, this is highly conceptual in a manner that those who like a more concrete, literal stagy representation dislike, but it suits the nature of the opera, and certainly suits the nature of Wagner's conceptual themes, without distracting from them or imposing a false reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Mar 2011
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I went to see Parsifal (ENO London Coliseum), loved it and vowed to expand my exposure to Wagner. Then spotted, amazed at the co-incidence, that OpusArt was showing Tristan at my local cinema the very next day.

Initially doubtful about movie v. live, doubtful about the modern setting and initally dissuaded by the critical reviews on Amazon - but I went anyway and was blown away by the sound, sets, acting and above all the hauting music and superb performances from Robert Dean Smith and Irene Theorin - The joint Liebestod in Act 2 and especially Irenes solo in Act 3 finale have just blown me away.

I'm not a seasoned opera buff but this DVD has become a must-buy to re-experience and re-explore the depth of a truly wonderful production.

thank you Bayreuth
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Aug 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde (Recorded Live At The Bayreuth Festival 2009) [Blu-ray]

Christoph Marthaler modern staging is set on a cruise liner, with the set deteriorating as the Acts proceed, and the drama is presented as a bitter sweet flashback to a passionate love affair.

The backward glancing works well for Acts 1 and 111, but is a disaster for the second act love duet where there is a total disconnect between the immediacy of the intense musical passion with Tristan (Robert Dean Smith) standing on his own looking at the audience, and Isolde (Irene Theorin) frequently walking back to the audience touching walls of the salon recalling the distant past.

There is only one way to deal with Act 11, listen to the fine singing and ignore the pictures.

Robert Dean Smith is impressive as Tristan, and Irene Theorin is good but obviously still finding her way into the role of Isolde. Michelle Breedt is a fine Brangane, but Robert Holl as King Marke and Jukka Rasilainen as Kurwenal a little less successful.

If singing were the sole criterion this performance could be recommended, however I would suggest renting before buying as the staging, particularly Act 11, is perverse.

Difficult to rate, I feel four stars for singing and one for staging, so have settled for three stars.
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A Tristan in which the two lovers rarely touch and in appearance could pass as a suburban frumpy middle-class couple would seem inauspicious yet somehow it works brilliantly, because of the detailed realisation of the director's 'concept' and because it seems to bring out the feeling inherent in the opera that this is very much about an exploration of an individuals erotic fantasies and emotions.
It is very well sung and acted and the orchestral playing of Wagner's marvellous score is excellent. This is my favourite of the several Tristan dvds that I have seen.
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