Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer (2013 Live At Bay
Label: OPUS ARTE
Catalog: OA CD9043D
Bayreuther Festspielorchester; Selig, Franz-Josef; Bruns, Benjamin; Merbeth, Ricarda; Mužek, Tomislav; Youn, Samuel; Mayer, Christa; Bayreuth Festival Chorus; Thielemann, Christian
This live recording of Richard Wagner’s Der fliegende Hollander was made at the 2013 Beyreuth Fetival. This performance of Wagner’s opera, which tells the story of Daland, a Norwegian sea captain who just before reaching home is blown off course by a violent storm, received glowing reviews from the press. “The excellent Mr. Youn… sings with dignity touched with anguish… Merbeth… brings a big, penetrating voice to the role… Selig is a powerhouse Daland… Bruns brings an ardent voice and impetuosity to the Steersman… Thielemann… drew pulsing, dynamic and transparent playing from the… Orchestra… the result was music making of overwhelming naturalness.” (The New York Times) “… one revels in Christian Thielemann’s masterly handling of the Overture’s tempo modifications and thereafter, the lustrous sonorities that support the singers in this single-act version of the opera.” (Gramophone) “Christian Thielemann and das Festspielorchester received the biggest cheers, and rightly so: their account- thrillingly intense and demonic, while respecting of the sweeter passages- was superlative.” (The Financial Times).