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Wagner: The Flying Dutchman / Haenchen, Lloyd, Naglestad [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Austrian director Martin Kuej's pioneering vision brings a challenging and provoking insight to Wagner's opera of love and redemption, with his singular ability to connect characters and their actions to the score. Martin Zehetsgruber's spacious, multi-layered sets define the settings through which Dalland (Robert Lloyd), Senta (Catherine Naglestad), The Dutchman (Juha Uusitalo) and the chorus move to great effect fulfilling the fine conducting of Hartmut Haenchen, who elicits from the orchestra an unmatchable performance of detail and clarity.

The Classical Review
Judged purely on audio terms, Opus Arte's new Blu-ray of Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer from Netherlands Opera would qualify as a serviceably sung, expressively theatrical reading delivered in handsome and immediate sound. The star of the show is conductor Hartmut Haenchen, who knows when to goose the score into high-dramatics (the timpani player certainly earns his fee throughout the performance), and when to ease up and let a moment drift into mystical reverie. He gets crisp work from the chorus ... and draws committed singing from a cast that no one would confuse for a Golden Age ensemble, but who get the job done.

Opera News
Martin Kuej's 2010 production from Amsterdam is the latest in a line of intelligent, sustained engagements with Wagner's text. This is an intensely musical performance, every note sung, with her [Catherine Naglestad] ballad thrilling because she doesn't perform it as a set piece. Strong-willed - she sings the line "I don't know what I'm doing" with bitter irony - she carries the show.

Positive Feedback Online
the vocalists and orchestral performance as very good and solid with no single attribute standing out and that pretty much continues with the very good if not particularly outstanding audio quality that displays no faults. The audio is full range and high definition 5.0 DTS with clean and clear multichannel surround sound.

Bass Robert Lloyd, who sings Daland in this Netherlands Opera production of Der fliegende Holländer, allows that "traditional Wagnerians will find it quite challenging." Probably, many will. The time is the present day, or close to it, and instead of a Norwegian commercial vessel heading for home in Scandinavia, Daland commands a luxury yacht cruising a warmer part of the world. The Dutchman's crew may be outlaws, of the Somali pirate sort. The staging is provocative and hyper-dramatic, growing in extremity until an over-the-top conclusion: Erik, who has already slaughtered a few of the Dutchman's crew, fires two rounds from his double-barreled shotgun to assure that Senta and the Dutchman are indeed united in death.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 167 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch


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>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman
  • Performers: Marco Jentzsch (Tenor); Robert Lloyd (Bass); Catherine Naglestad (Soprano); Marina Prudenskaja (Contralto); Oliver Ringelhahn (Tenor); Juha Uusitalo (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1841/1852