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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg / Weigle/Bayreuth, Hawlata, Korn [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Ostensibly Richard Wagner's opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg tells a humorous tale about artistically inclined craftsmen. Goldsmith Veit Pogner promises his daughter Eva's hand in marriage to the winner of a song contest, to which three men are potentially eligible. But upon closer inspection, what is at first glance a harmless farce in a middle-class setting emerges as a profound social analysis. Wagner uses his protagonists to show how a community deals with tradition and those who break with it and just how much innovation and deviation from the norm it can tolerate - as well as to examine what value society places, and should place, on art."

Director Katharina Wagner, the composer's great grand-daughter, turns "Die Meistersinger von Nnrnberg" (Opus Arte Blu-ray DVD) on its head at the 2008 Bayreuth Festival. Beckmesser's creative spirit is "liberated" in Act 2 by a paint-throwing riot. Rules gone, his "prize" song in Act 3 involves uncovering a naked man on a table full of dirt. It's art gone wild, anything goes, but all is chillingly quelled by a conservative Hans Sachs. It is an intriguing concept, certainly one worth experiencing once.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 306 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS 5.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish


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>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
  • Performers: Michael Volle (Baritone); Klaus Vogt (Tenor); Artur Korn (Bass); Michaela Kaune (Soprano); Franz Hawlata (Bass-Baritone); Carola Guber (Mezzo Soprano); Norbert Ernst (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
  • Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862-1867