Reviews 4: Wagner Die Meistersinger at Glyndebourne

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has began its summer residency at Glyndebourne Festival Opera with the first ever staging at Glyndebourne of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.

Reviewed by David Gillard in th Daily Mail (5 stars):
There is radiant playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Vladimir Jurowski and a splendid performance from Johannes Martin Kranzle, endowing the pedantic town clerk, Beckmesser, with all the comedy and pathos of a pompous Malvolio.

Reviewed by John Allison in The Telegraph (4 stars):
 In the sometimes uneven new staging that opened the Glyndebourne season for 2011, the sense of elation is unerringly conveyed by Vladimir Jurowski, who conducts a performance of Wagner’s divine comedy to treasure.

While his pacing of this Act III is especially strong, everything falls into place, and the London Philharmonic plays with taut and brilliant clarity. Rarely have the work’s chromatic anticipations of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde sounded so consciously integrated with its affirmative, C-major glances back at Beethoven.

Anna Picard in the Independent on Sunday:
Jurowski’s pacing of the score is fascinating, sometimes basking in splendour, sometimes hurtling, always ravishingly coloured.

More reviews on the LPO blog

You can watch the opera live on screen on 26 June 2011 in cinemas around the UK.
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