Monday 18 May 2015

Wagner Complete Operas-Australian Hi-Fi



"This is as worthwhile a Wagnerian offering as you are going to see in 20 Years."

A Short outstanding review of our complete set of 'Richard Wagner-The Operas' with maestro Marek Janowski, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin from Australian Hi-Fi magazine. The review is written by John Sunier and can be found on the March/April 2015 issue of the magazine.

At last we have come to the end of Janowski's formidable and most impressive Wagner cycle, surely one of the most important of the modern age with its uniform excellence and outstanding state-of-the art sonics. The Ring cycle packaged therein can also lay claim to be the best since Solti. The challenge for Pentatone was daunting, taking two and one-half years to record the mature operas with the same orchestra, chours, and conductor, never before done. All of the performances are recorded live, and each opera was given, unbelievably, only once. Five stars would have to be given for the effort alone, but to have such milestone recordings, many of which equal the greats of the past, make this an essential collection by almost any standard you care to name. This is as worthwhile a Wagnerian offering as you are going to see in 20 Years.

John Sunier