John Treleaven and Deborah Polaski lead an outstanding cast in Wagner's operatic tour de force based on the medieval voyager legend of Sir Tristan and Isolde, Princess of Ireland, who unknowingly offers the knight a love potion in place of the poison she had intended should kill them both.
Bertrand de Billy conducts the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in an acclaimed production, recorded in sumptuous surround sound.
Sung in German with English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Catalan subtitles.
“De Billy’s version is both poetic and dramatic… A first class cast - Deborah Polaski is an excellent artist who brings to life a rich Isolde, full of hate and love, despair and abandonment." - El Mundo
“A miraculous orchestra: a torrent of romantic passion and fever… A loving tribute to the opera which revolutionized music history." - El Pais
““There is no doubt about the excitement generated by the orchestra. This score brooks no half-measures, nor is Bertrand de Billy the man to countenance any. If his tempos are rarely slower than I expected… the climaxes are prepared with meticulous cunning. This is clear enough during the prelude, when Wagner builds relentlessly towards an almost unbearable tension, here fully realized…”
“The Isolde of Deborah Polaski was the powerful Brünnhilde; here her expressive face reflects the slightest flicker of emotion. The part is so convincingly presented…”
“John Treleaven as Tristan…his voice has a splendid ring to it, so that the baleful draught inspires him as convincingly as it does Isolde at the end of Act 1." - Robert Anderson, Music Video Daily
Composer: Richard Wagner
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conductor: Bertrand de Billy
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