CDs / DVDs, 01. May 2006
In both works conductor Hartmut Haenchen leads with generally swift tempos and a fine sense for Wagner's drama. His orchestras respond admirably, too. Haenchen, by the way, uses the New Edition of Richard Wagner's Complete Works. There are supposedly many changes made in the operas here, but few listeners will notice anything that is even marginally different from past performances and recordings, though Haenchen's faster tempos are probably the result of comments by the composer appearing in the notes accompanying the new edition.
Robert Cummings