"English-speaking audiences have always found Die Meistersinger to be a life-enhancing celebration of wisdom, art and song. So it proves in David McVicar's production - the first at Glyndebourne - which is updated to the early-19th century of Wagner's childhood. At the centre of a true ensemble cast is Gerald Finley, a 'gleamingly sung', 'eminently believable' Sachs (The Independent on Sunday), supported by the dynamic conducting of Vladimir Jurowski which, like McVicar's production, uses Glyndebourne's special intimacy to bring sharp focus to bear on the subtlety of Wagner's musical and dramatic counterpoint.
<h3 class=""productDescriptionSource"">Press Reviews
"McVicar has put on a great show with style, intelligence and insight." (The Daily Telegraph)
"Musically, it was judged faultlessly for the scale of the theatre by Vladimir Jurowski, who conjured playing of mercurial clarity - not the first words one would normally choose for this gargantuan score - from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, sustained with unfailing vigilance and concentration." (The Guardian)
"McVicar's staging stokes the glow of Meistersinger's humane heart...Together they make the immense performance the most uplifting performance I can recall." (BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★)
"Finley has the role of Hans Sachs massively in focus, both musically and dramatically. " (Gramophone)
"The camerawork mostly close-up is superb, focusing on the intimacy of the Glyndebourne stage and the visual expressiveness of a young cast. Vicki Mortimer's Biedermeyer sets are notably more handsome on film than in the theatre, and the performance (captured late in the inaugural run) breathes a general air of wellbeing. " (The Financial Times)
Gerald Finley (Hans Sachs)
Marco Jentzsch (Walther von Stolzing)
Johannes Martin Kränzle (Sixtus Beckmesser)
Anna Gabler (Eva)
Alastair Miles (Veit Pogner)
Topi Lehtipuu (David)
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski
Stage Director: David McVicar
Catalogue Number: OABD7108D
Date of Performance: 2011
Running Time: 300 minutes
Sound: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE
Label: Opus Arte"
McVicar has put on a great show with style, intelligence and insight.
Musically, it was judged faultlessly for the scale of the theatre by Vladimir Jurowski, who conjured playing of mercurial clarity not the first words one would normally choose for this gargantuan score from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, sustained with unfailing vigilance and concentration.