Continuing the success of The Copenhagen Ring (743264), the Gramophone award-winning combination of director Kasper Bech Holten with the Royal Danish Opera stage more Wagner – a new production of the composer’s passionate Tannhäuser.
This visionary Tannhäuser, filmed by Cubus Films in high definition and with surround sound, takes the art of opera on DVD to new peaks of excellence.
“Holten's staging leans on Wagner's struggle to be the kind of novelistic artist he wanted to be while hindered by the confines of German court theatre...Venus [is] winningly played by Resmark as a kind of saucy Rosa Klebb spy on her author's life and emotions. Again as in the Ring Holten shows well in directing intense emotions...We never just sit in the imaginary best seat in the stalls but see the action from every possible voyeuristic angle.”
2nd December 2011
“Holten takes an Ibsenesque view of this medieval fable, and presents the hero as a radically minded artist at odds with the restraints of Victorian high society. The singing isn’t top drawer, but the performance is gripping, which cannot always be said of this problematic piece.”
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