Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Bayreuth, 1995)
This production of Tristan und Isolde is one of many in Bayreuth's history that initially met with criticism and protest from audiences and critics, and later gained the status of a classic. Daniel Barenboim, conducting his second new Bayreuth production of Tristan, had chosen Heiner Müller, probably the most important poet-director of East Germany, as his partner. Müller emphasizes the apocalyptic aspects of the work in Erich Wonder's beguilingly illuminated stage sets and repeatedly separates the lovers by a seemingly insurmountable distance. Waltraud Meier and Siegfried Jerusalem humanise the scenic radicalism with singing praised for its passion and technical control.
- Poul Elming (Tenor), Matthias Hölle (Bass), Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor), Peter Maus (Tenor), Waltraud Meier (Soprano), Uta Priew (Mezzo-Soprano), Sándor Sólyom-Nagy (Baritone), Falk Struckmann (Bass-Baritone)
- Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
- Daniel Barenboim