It has been a real pleasure to prepare the wonderful musicians of the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava in the week before the soloists joined us for the final rehearsals. The cast of the Claude Heater Foundation was of international quality and each singer had a deep insight into Wagners Music. Above all I have to name Roy Cornelius Smith as Tristan and Juyeon Song as Isolde, both of which were fantastic. Despite the very tight rehearsal schedule, we achieved — as you can hear — a great result! Congratulations to everyone!


I would like to thank my dearest friend Dr. Reinhard Windorf for his help and musical advice in my preparation of this production. He was in Bayreuth for many years and knows the famous Wieland Wagner - Tristan production with Claude Heater, which became part of his legacy, very well.


My special thanks regarding this recording to Claude Heater, Founder of the Claude Heater Foundation (CHF), to Juyeon Song, Co-Founder and CEO of the CHF and to Ondřej Daněk, Manager of the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, without whom this recording would never have been realized. — Robert Reimer




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