Deutsche Welle, 26. Juli 2016
..."Several rounds of bravos went to the musicians as a whole - orchestra, chorus and soloists - and particularly to conductor Hartmut Haenchen. As a last-minute replacement for Andris Nelsons, the 73-year-old German proved what it is possible for a conductor to achieve in three and a half weeks. De-mystifying the score, Haenchen chose swift tempos and placed the music in the service of the drama. Not only was that Richard Wagner's intention, but after many performances heard in Bayreuth that celebrate the music and not the drama, it was refreshing....
Rick Fuller
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