WAGNER Tannhäuser Levine DVD-VIDEO

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RICHARD WAGNER

Tannhäuser
Eva Marton · Tatiana Troyanos · Richard Cassilly
Bernd Weikl · John Macurdy
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,
Chorus and Ballet
James Levine
Production by Otto Schenk
Int. Release 05 May. 2006
2 DVD-Videos
2 DVD-VIDEO NTSC 0440 073 4171 1 GH 2
STEREO: PCM / SURROUND: Dolby Digital & DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 4:3
Subtitles: German/English/French/Spanish/Chinese
A production of Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc.


Track List

DVD 1: Wagner: Tannhäuser

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Tannhäuser

2.
15:44

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Act 1

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, David Stivender

Tatiana Troyanos, Richard Cassilly, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Richard Cassilly, Tatiana Troyanos, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Tatiana Troyanos, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, David Stivender

Richard Cassilly, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Tatiana Troyanos, Richard Cassilly, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Bill Blaber, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Richard Nass

Bill Blaber, Richard Cassilly, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, David Stivender

John Macurdy, Robert Nagy, Richard J. Clark, Bernd Weikl, Charles Anthony, Richard Vernon, Richard Cassilly, Tatiana Troyanos, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Bernd Weikl, John Macurdy, Robert Nagy, Richard J. Clark, Charles Anthony, Richard Vernon, Richard Cassilly, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Total Playing Time 1:07:16

DVD 2: Wagner: Tannhäuser

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Tannhäuser

Act 2

Eva Marton, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Act 1

Eva Marton, Richard Cassilly, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Act 2

Richard Cassilly, Eva Marton, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

John Macurdy, Eva Marton, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, David Stivender

John Macurdy, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, David Stivender

Bernd Weikl, Robert Nagy, Richard Cassilly, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, David Stivender

Richard Cassilly, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Richard J. Clark, Richard Cassilly, John Macurdy, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, David Stivender

Richard Cassilly, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Bernd Weikl, Richard Cassilly, John Macurdy, Robert Nagy, Richard J. Clark, Charles Anthony, Richard Vernon, Eva Marton, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, David Stivender

Eva Marton, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Richard Cassilly, Eva Marton, John Macurdy, Robert Nagy, Richard J. Clark, Bernd Weikl, Charles Anthony, Richard Vernon, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, David Stivender

John Macurdy, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

John Macurdy, Robert Nagy, Richard J. Clark, Bernd Weikl, Charles Anthony, Richard Vernon, Eva Marton, Richard Cassilly, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, David Stivender

Act 3

16.
8:03

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Bernd Weikl, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Eva Marton, Bernd Weikl, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, David Stivender

Eva Marton, Bernd Weikl, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Bernd Weikl, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Richard Cassilly, Bernd Weikl, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Richard Cassilly, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Richard Cassilly, Bernd Weikl, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Tatiana Troyanos, Richard Cassilly, Bernd Weikl, Robert Nagy, Richard J. Clark, Charles Anthony, Richard Vernon, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, David Stivender

Richard Cassilly, Robert Nagy, Richard J. Clark, Bernd Weikl, Charles Anthony, Richard Vernon, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, David Stivender

Total Playing Time 2:00:10

This richly traditional staging still looks superb and often sounds it in Levine's passionate reading, especially Troyanos' Venus and Weikl's Wolfram.

. . . [Richard Cassilly's] instrument possesses the proper weight and scale for the arduous title role. Exceptionally detailed shaping of the text complements Cassilly's all-encompassing responsiveness as an actor. Everything makes an impression, from the agonized longing of his gaze at Venus to his defiant stance when listening to Biterolf in the song contest. In the final act, he harrowingly depicts a man utterly consumed by bitterness. Tatiana Troyanos's luscious-voiced Venus burns up the stage with abundant sexual allure and hair-raising dramatic force. Equally persuasive are both the intimacy and the grandeur of Eva Marton's full-toned Elisabeth. Aptly dignified in the Hall of Song, she is even more characterful in Act III, where the opening lines communicate devastating emotional exhaustion. The others are similarly fine, above all Bernd Weikl's eloquent Wolfram, John Macurdy's rock-solid Landgrave, and boy soprano Bill Blaber's delightful Shepherd. The Entrance of the Guests is polished to a fare-thee-well, and the chorus men gladden one's heart in the opera's finale . . . Under James Levine, the orchestra exudes infectious vitality. This score's extremes . . . are contained within an interpretation of remarkable depth, power and grace. The somber horns and winds lend particular poignancy to the Act III prelude. DG's recorded sound is splendid. Brian Large's superb video direction features some of the tightest closeups ever seen in televised opera, to which Cassilly responds especially well.

Le Met des années 1980 dans toute sa splendeur . . . Le théâtre officie James Levine: drame, frisson, extase traversent cette direction remarquablement vivifiante. Du grand art. Le niveau d'ensemble du plateau est lui aussi des plus élevés . . . Peter Hofmann peut compter sur son physique pour camper un Lohengrin juvénile . . . le Tannhäuser de Richard Cassily est franchement rustique d'expression . .. l'émotion de l'artiste est réelle (on voit souvent ses larmes couler) et communicative.

. . . tous la jouent, en chair et en os, avec un engagement et un premier degré réconfortants . . . Ch¿urs évidemment épatants. Et James Levine magistral, de sensibilité, d'accélérations, de contrôle. Tatiana Troyanos, elle, est simplement extraordinaire, de couleur, de facilité, de beauté de voix et d'allure d'abord, en Vénus.