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“Hermann Prey´s interpretation of Beckmesser as a cultivated intellectual is a triumph of dramatic and vocal artistry: a stunning performance . . . Brilliant . . . Bernd Weikl as Sachs – an almost unique combination of musical refinement and expressive power.” (Abendzeitung, Munich)
“The best Meistersinger on video so far reaches DVD at last. Stein isn't the most individual interpreter, but his immense Bayreuth experience and craft illuminate the score with deceptive naturalness, its glowing textures brought out by the marvellous orchestra and chorus. Soloists fit their roles no less naturally.”
“...an exceptionally starry cast, with not a single weak link and with many strengths...Wolfgang Wagner's sets and costumes are grandly traditional and add greatly to the impact of the piece...An outstanding version, with Horst Stein pacing the massive work splendidly.”
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