David Garrett

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Wagner: Parsifal (Gatti) [Blu-ray] [2014] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ François Girard
Wagner: Parsifal (Gatti) [Blu-ray] [2014] Blu-ray ~ François Girard
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I wonder how long it will be before one of the world’s major opera houses is brave enough to stage a totally “straight” version of Parsifal again? It seems to be more prone than just about any other opera (except maybe Tristan) to have indignities heaped upon it. The worst I have witnessed were a production in Stuttgart which had Parsifal and Titurel (yes, Titurel) running around naked, and one in Berlin where in the Act 1 “Mass” scene Amfortas pulled out his own liver which the knights then ate. So, compared to many productions I have seen, this one is mild indeed. Apart from the modern-dress costumes and the absence of scenery it’s pretty much as Wagner intended; there is, for… Read more
Wagner: Gotterdammerung [Lance Ryan, Gerd Grochows&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Lance Ryan
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 7 April 2014
I went to all of Daniel Barenboim’s magnificent performances of the Ring at the Proms last summer, so I was very excited when the blu-ray releases were announced. However, as the cycle has progressed, I feel that the performances captured on blu-ray have fallen further and further short of what could have been. At the Proms we had the excellent Andreas Schager as Siegfried, and the incandescent Brunnhilde of Nina Stemme. Here we have Irene Theorin’s Brunnhilde – very good indeed especially in the Immolation Scene, however it would have been good to have Nina Stemme’s complete Brunnhilde captured. Lance Ryan’s Siegfried is my biggest problem with this version. I didn’t enjoy his… Read more
Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande (Degout, Von Otter, &hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson’s productions are totally unlike anyone else’s, with their minimalist stagings and surreal, stylized movements. I’m no great fan, but would admit that his style is most suited to an opera like Pelleas and Melisande which is pretty weird and surreal in the first place. I found the production quite interesting, although the almost unrelenting blue colouring got a bit wearisome by the end. The cast is terrific. They all sing superbly, and all look their parts as well.

However, as far as this DVD is concerned, all of this is irrelevant as the sound quality is so poor as to render it almost unwatchable. I persevered to the end, but it was a struggle and I wouldn’t… Read more