Wagner: Tannhauser / Janowski

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Label: PENTATONE CLASSICS
Catalog: PTC5186405
Format: SACD

Robert Dean Smith (Tannhäuser), Nina Stemme (Elisabeth), Marina Prudenskaya (Venus), Christian Gerhaher (Wolfram von Eschenbach), Peter Sonn (Walther von der Vogelweide), Albert Dohmen (Landgraf Hermann von Thüringen), Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Rundfunkchor Berlin, Marek Janowski

May 2013 BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE **** “Janowski keeps the score, which has some longueurs, moving and builds up impressive climaxes in each act...Prudenskaya, though her enunciation is vague, is adequately sexy...Stemme sound[s] too heroic for the part...but she makes an impression. All told I would say that this is the best recording since that made in Bayreuth in 1962.”

April 2013 GRAMOPHONE “Janowski's casting aims at getting an audible distinction between each voice...Both women have the measure of their words...while Robert Dean Smith - apparently a late substitute - continues to develop with a passionate assault on the fiendish title-role. Swift tempi and light orchestral/choral textures...complete a potentially exciting live performance...but the lack of understood drama behind Janowski's conducting gets in the way.”

Price: $59.98