New <i>Tristan and Isolde</i> recording continues to receive great reviews

New Tristan and Isolde recording continues to receive great reviews

On 30 September, Rick Jones gave this recording a fantastic 4 star review in The Times, likening Donald Runnicles’ treatment of the work to that of ‘a psychoanalyst summoning the leitmotifs like hidden memories’. Click here to read the full review.
Also on the 30 September, Matthew Rye of The Daily Telegraph gave Tristan and Isolde a glowing review, praising soprano Christine Brewer (Isolde) for her ‘gleaming soprano voice that brings out all the passions of the Irish princess’.

Hugh Canning made the recording CD of the Week in The Sunday Times saying, 'Brewer’s vocal opulence, fearlessness and sheer musicality are hard to resist. She is vehement as the angry Irish princess of Act I and meltingly beautiful in the sublime O sink hernieder of the love duet in Act II. She crowns the performance with as overwhelming a Liebestod as we are likely to hear in the theatre today.' The full review can be read here. Michael Kennedy, in The Sunday Telegraph, gave the recording five-stars and said, 'Warner's recording is first-rate in all respects. A must for Wagnerians'. On 1 October, Anthony Holden of The Observer described the recording as ‘well worth the rare treat of Brewer's joyous ardour and conductor Donald Runnicles's supreme grasp of the work's architecture’. Click here to read the full review. Another five-star review came from Anna Picard in the Independent on Sunday, who encouraged the reader to 'bask in Brewer's sumptuous sound, rapturous phrasing and delicate word-painting as well as Runnicles' unfolding of the drama.' BBC Music Magazine gave the recording five-stars for performance and five-stars for sound. Michael Tanner said, 'listening to these discs straight through is a shattering experience'.

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