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Stunning production, ringing true in every respect,
This review is from: Der Fliegende Holländer - (The Flying Dutchman) Wagner [DVD]  [NTSC]  (DVD)
This Bayreuth 1985 production, artistically overseen by the fiercely traditionalistic Wolfgang Wagner (the composer's grandson)is a magnificent achievement. The singing from every one of the principal cast is superlative, singling out Matti Salminen for special praise since other reviewers seem to have overlooked him. The orchestral playing is exceptional, though some of the tempi perhaps a little brisk (at least to this Klemperer-prone ear!)The idea of the prow-planks of the Dutchman's ship doubling as an opening pair of hands from which the Dutchman emerges is quite splendid; indeed the whole production is opulent as well as being imaginative. I have no doubt that this is a must-have 'Dutchman' , though it is a pity that Segerstam's has recently disappeared from the catalogue.