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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg / Marco Jentzsch, Anna Gabler, Michaela Selinger, Topi Lehtipuu; Alastair Milnes. Vladimir Jurowski, London PO [2 DVD]

Notes & Reviews:

David McVicar's production of Die Meistersinger is updated to the early-19th century of Wagner's childhood. At the center of the cast is Gerald Finley, an 'eminently believable' Sachs, supported by the dynamic conducting of Vladimir Jurowski which uses Glyndebourne's special intimacy to focus on the subtlety of Wagner's musical and dramatic counterpoint.

Financial Times, September 2012
The camerawork - mostly close-up - is superb, focusing on the intimacy of the Glyndebourne stage and the visual expressiveness of a young cast. Vicki Mortimer's Biedermeyer sets are notably more handsome on film than in the theatre, and the performance (captured late in the inaugural run) breathes a general air of wellbeing.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2012
McVicar's staging stokes the glow of Meistersinger's humane heart...and above all he reminds us that this is an opera about youth and self-discovery. Gerald Finley's pivotal Sachs relish[es] this intensely verbal role with a Lieder-singer's skill and beauty...Jurowski completes the ensemble with a beautiful account, unfolding the story with pace and details...Together they make the immense performance the most uplifting performance I can recall.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 300 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.0
Subtitles: English, German, French


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