A. W. MCLEISH

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (97 of 117)
Location: West Calder, Scotland
 

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Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde (Recorded Live At The B&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Christoph Marthaler
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Act One:
The action is set on the upper deck of a cruise ship, yet we still hear a sailors' chorus. Maybe these sailors are on holiday, and sing in their spare time. Later on, Tristan proffers his sword to Isolde to exact revenge for Morold's death, but no sword is to be seen. He is obviously just seeing things. Kurwenal is dressed in a skirt.
Act Two:
On a lower deck of the cruise ship. Despite the action taking place on a ship, hunting horns can be heard. It must be a gramophone playing.
Tristan and Isolde are dressed like people who work in Butlins: Tristan in a bright blue blazer and matching slacks, Isolde in canary yellow. One must congratulate costume designer… Read more
Wagner - Tristan Und Isolde [Barenboim] [DVD] [200&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Ian Storey
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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… Read more
Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg [Blu-ray] [&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Franz Hawlata
28 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AN UTTER DISGRACE, 28 Oct 2010
I was unlucky enough to witness this production at Bayreuth. Katharina Wagner came on stage at the end to take a curtain call, looking pleased with herself, but was booed by most of the audience - and rightly so.

Hans Sachs the cobbler is barefooted, which presumably is supposed to mean something. He also has a typewriter, though maybe Katharina should have gone for a word processor. During the transition to the meadow scene in Act 3, various composers are to be seen with large, papier-mache heads, and strap-on dildos, thrusting their hips about. Sachs, in his final monologue, is transformed, Jekyll-and-Hyde like, into Hitler. In fact, there is enough kitsch throughout this… Read more

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