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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde DVD (Glyndebourne)

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Glyndebourne’s celebrated production of Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s Tristan und Isolde is a supremely intelligent achievement; gravely beautiful, haunting and meditative, it is deeply reflective rather than visceral, fortified by Roland Aeschlimann's stunningly effective set, a womb-like space through which the protagonists move like gods. Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek mirrors Lehnhoff's approach in his sophisticated plumbing of the score's depths, with every shift in texture carefully laid bare by an inspired London Philharmonic Orchestra. Nina Stemme's Isolde and Robert Gambill's Tristan, both gloriously lyrical, are matched by superb performances from René Pape as the betrayed and vulnerable King Marke and Bo Skovhus as Kurwenal, deeply touching in his helpless devotion to Tristan. This High Definition recording of a production of uncommon intimacy reveals the opera's music and drama in a new light.

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Composer: Richard Wagner
Isolde: Nina Stemme
Tristan: Robert Gambill
Brangäne: Katarina Karnéus
Kurwenal: Bo Skovhus
King Marke: René Pape

Glyndebourne Festival Opera
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Jiří Bĕlohlávek 
Stage Director: Nikolaus Lehnhoff 

Plus: Illustrated Synopsis and Cast gallery / 'Do I hear the light?' - a film by Reiner E. Moritz / Artist biographies / ‘On the set’ – a slide show of the set being built / ‘Trimborn on Tristan’ – a talk by Richard Trimborn.

Picture: 16:9
Sound: LPCM stereo / DTS 5.0 Surround
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 worldwide
Running Time: 358 mins
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/SP/IT 
Year: 2008