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Wagner - Tristan Und Isolde [Barenboim] [DVD] [2009]


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  • Actors: Ian Storey, Waltraud Meier, Michelle DeYoung, Matti Salminen, Daniel Barenboim
  • Directors: Patrice Chéreau
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: PLG UK Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov. 2008
  • Run Time: 257 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EZ79V8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,618 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This highly acclaimed new version of Wagner's hugely influential work, directed by Patrice Chereau under the baton of the guest conductor Daniel Barenboim, is the opera's first staging at La Scala for over 30 years. British tenor Ian Storey makes his Scala debut as Tristan while the Grammy award-winning German mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier takes on the role of Isolde.

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2008
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Wagner - Tristan Und Isolde (Barenboim)

For me this production by Pierre Chereau of Tristan has no weaknesses and is a great achievement.

Ian Storey (Tristan) is an English singer working on the continent who was suddenly catapulted into the role of Tristan (he had never seen the opera) at La Scala in one of the most important productions of recent years, learning the role in an incredibly short period. The result is a very impressive performance, although up until the Act 11 Love duet it feels somewhat a work in progress, however from then on he finds his feet and all is fine.

Waltaud Meier is at the top of her game, and with Matti Salinen as King Marke and a fine Kuwenal in Gerd Grochkowski, and a very attentive Brangane of Michelle De Young the vocal side is excellent.

The staging comprises a towering wall at the back of the stage with large doors, and props moving in and out as necessary, this works exceptionally well.

The well recorded La Scala orchestra under Barenboim is superb.

The only reservation I have is the staging of Act 111 requires constant switching between wide angle and close up filming without transitional effects, however as zooming or wiping would have quickly become even more irritating this seems the only solution.

The thunderous applause that never seems to end after Act 111 says it all.

BUY!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Waldteufel on 9 Jun. 2010
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This is the best and most moving production available on DVD (and I have several others). For once the actual plot of the opera is given rather than a producer;s 'take' yet it is no old-fashioned presentation. Meier and Storey excel themselves in the title roles and this is the best of Barenboim's other Tristan's - and they're very good too. Add this to your 'Tristan' collection - but if you are contemplating your first this is the one to have.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By ziggy_fan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct. 2009
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The thunderous applause after each act shows the audience's enthralled reception. And I would have been the same had I been lucky enough to be there when this performance was recorded at La Scala. Waltraud Meier's highly regarded reputation in this role precedes her and it's well deserved. She lives up to it and more. As does Barenboim's spot on conducting and interpretation. The orchestra is amazing. The revelation for me, however, is Ian Storey's heroic Tristan. Considering this was his debut in the role, I am amazed by that and the maturity he brings to Tristan. Acting by the other lead roles are convincing and the staging although stark, is quite impressive. I would have preferred something more faithful to Wagner's directions. That's why I gave 4 stars instead of 5. The libretto is so full of symbolism and philosophical aspects of the story that a sparse staging does not help in my opinion.

The subtitles are excellent, and they are very unobtrusive.

La Scala's audience is so well behaved during the performances, that you forget this is a DVD of a live performance. The filming angles and lighting is excellent. The sound quality is top notch.

A true model of how good Opera DVDs should be.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. W. MCLEISH on 17 Feb. 2011
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The main reason this DVD is worth buying is Waltraud Meier. She can act as well as sing, and act whilst singing, which I think is a rare talent. She's also attractive to look at. She and Ian Storey make a handsome, middle-aged couple. Ian Storey copes well with the demands of Act 3. And the overall sound quality is excellent.

The production is 'mostly harmless' (to use Douglas Adams's phrase). Act 1 isn't set aboard the deck of Tristan's ship; it's set on a harbour. So this jars with what is being sung. For example, Tristan singing "before the sun sinks, we shall reach land", or the sailors singing "shorten the sail on the lower mast" or Isolde singing "we are nearing land". But this isn't ruinous. The characters are all clad in what looks like Marks & Spencer's autumn collection. When Isolde is singing her transfiguration at the end, a stream of blood suddenly appears on her forehead, which is a bit off-putting. The video director cuts to Daniel Barenboim in the middle of the closing bars, which breaks the spell a bit.

When Patrice Chereau was invited to direct the centenary Ring Cycle at Bayreuth, his only experience and knowledge of Wagner was sleeping through most of a performance of The Valkyrie in Paris. But I suppose he will have a deeper appreciation of Wagner these days (although appreciating Wagner doesn't seem to be a prerequisite for directing his works). And at least his productions aren't as preposterous as some.

So I can recommend this, with some reservations. But I don't think it could stand up to repeated viewings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rohintan Mody on 21 Oct. 2013
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This Chereau/Barenboim Tristan has many fine things. Chereau's direction is quite brilliant in Act 1 and the latter half of Act 2, when Marke comes onto the stage. The sets are dark but impressive. Meier's Isolde is dramatic, passionate, and involved. Salminen as Marke is equally involved and weighty. Barenboim conducts superbly in Act 1 which is rightly conceived as one long span of music. The minor roles are well taken. However, doubts creep in Act 2. I never thought I would say this about a Chereau production, but the love duet is just dull in its staging. Strangely, even Barenboim's conducting lacks fire, perhaps because the La Scala orchestra sounds too Italian for this music. Act 3 is spoilt by the many actors that crowd the stage, which is quite wrong, since Act 3 must convey Tristan's desolation. Storey as Tristan is not unmusical but he is, well, dull. A disappointment, given the high expectations aroused by the Chereau/Barenboim team. Perhaps Chereau would have been better off directing Meistersinger with its social realism than tackling Tristan's metaphysical depths?
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