PentaTone continues its highly successful Wagner Opera series with the next installment, Tristan and Isolde. The series so far has been unanimously welcomed by the press; Meistersingers is nominated for this year’s Gramophone Award, was The Sunday Times joint Disc of the Week along with Parsifal, and the most recent release, Lohengrin is the Gramophone Awards Edition Opera Disc of the Month. Janowski, Marek again conducts the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir, this time joined by soloists Nina Stemme and Stephen Gould in the title roles.
“Janowski demands heroic efforts in speed and intensity. He favours a swift performance, and in this live Tristan that means more excitement than emotion. Soprano Nina Stemme is the ranking Isolde of our time; she has a beautiful voice and paces herself perfectly. But I can't hear much passion in the delivery.” BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
“It is something of a miracle that a recording of Tristan and Isolde as accomplished as this one can emerge from a single concert performance…It is highly dramatic, tremendously well sustained and very well recorded, so that the mighty structure and the richly blended textures emerge with unusual clarity and immediacy.” GRAMOPHONE