Composer: Richard Wagner Conductor: Leonard Bernstein Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks Artists: Peter Hofmann, Hildegard Behrens, Yvonne Minton, Bernd Weikl, Hans Sotin, Heribert Steinbach, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks Run time: 04:51:00. Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks was the only German orchestra with which Leonard Bernstein regularly collaborated for many years and it has numbered among the top ten orchestras in the world. A star cast of singers with Peter Hofmann and Hildegard Behrens in the title roles completes this exceptional semi-staged production . This is the actual German TV broadcast of Leonard Bernstein’s controversial 1981 performance of Wagner’s ‘Tristan und Isolde’. One act at a time, broadcast in January, March, and November, so Isolde was fresh and rested for her Liebestod.
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde. Peter Hofmann (Tristan), Hildegard Behrens (Isolde), Yvonne Minton (Brangaene), Hans Sotin (Marke), Bernd Weikl (Kurwenal), Heribert Steinbach (Melot), Heinz Zednik (Hirt), Raimund Grumbach (Steuerman), Thomas Moser (Stimme eines jungen Seemanns). Leonard Bernstein’s way of conducting this opera was unique, displaying a unique ability to make both orchestra and singers perform at their very best. The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks was the only German orchestra with which Leonard Bernstein regularly collaborated for many years.
Chorus – Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Chorus Master – Heinz Mende. Composed By – Richard Wagner. Conductor – Leonard Bernstein. Mezzo-soprano Vocals – Yvonne Minton. Orchestra – Symphonie-Orchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Soprano Vocals – Hildegard Behrens. Tenor Vocals – Peter Hofmann. Made In West Germany Total playing time 266:14 Recorded in 1981.
Hans Sotin is a young-sounding King Mark than usual, which is all to the good. His voice is beautiful and he delivers his Act 2 monologue with a fine steady legato. And with Bernstein's interesting musical high-lighting makes this much more tolerable than usual.
Opera: Tristan und Isolde. Composer: Wagner Richard. Libretto: Richard Wagner. Venue & Opera Company: Herkulessaal der Residenz München. Singers: Peter Hofmann, Hildegard Behrens, Yvonne Minton, Bernd Weikl, Hans Sotin, Heribert Steinbach, Thomas Moser, Heinz Zednik. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein. Orchestra: Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Chorus: Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Stage Director: Stage Designer: Gerd Krauss.