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Gotterdammerung [DVD] [2002] [2011]

Peter Konwitschny    Exempt   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Peter Konwitschny
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Tdk Mediactive
  • DVD Release Date: 31 May 2004
  • Run Time: 269 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001MDNYC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,404 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Lotha Zagrosek conducts Wagner's opera performed at the Staatsoper Stuttgart in 2002. Performers include Lani Poulson and Albert Bonnema.

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TDK OPRDNG 105209; TDK - EUROPA; Classica Lirica

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4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly enjoyable production 18 July 2009
Despite my strong aversion to Regietheater's controversial concepts, I find Konwitschny's sensible direction of 'Gotterdammerung' (my favourite 'Ring' opera) quite absorbing as a modern-dress staging. The primitive innocence of Siegfried (finely sung and acted by Bonnema) is underlined through his idyllic Tarzan costume: later, the scheming Gibichungs dress him up in a 'civilized' suit. DeVol's chubby Brunnhilde, contrary to what detractors think, suggests an equally naive character, a fairy-tale bride who is content as a housewife in her simple dwelling with a dining-table, chairs, food, drink and flowers (the curtain in the background projects a sylvan landscape), and who (in due course) is victimized by a corrupt world that humiliates her (in Act 2 she enters with hands tied with the long rope dragged by Gunther): though 60 at the time, DeVol possesses a surprisingly indefatigable voice whose tiny vibrato is acceptable to my ears (I'm a fan of Jones and Marton, if you know what I mean!). Special praise goes to Iturralde: the most distinguished male soloist here, he sings a melliflous (bel-canto-ish!) Gunther. The best female member of the cast is Westbroek, a swooningly beautiful Gutrune, both vocally and physically. Despite his brief appearance, Kapellmann's menacing Alberich is no less outstanding (he's a magnificent 'Rheingold' Alberich on the Dohnanyi Decca recording); to some extent, this is also true of the Hagen of Bracht: visually, their duet is the most spine-chilling scene in this production (the nibelung, who dies in his son's arms, is a hunchback with abnormally long fingers and big feet, wearing black shoes and a large white robe - Hagen covers his dead father with the white sheet worn on the latter's shoulder - his 'reduced' stature evoking a deformed dwarf). Read more ›
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The four parts of the 1999 Ring from Staatsoper Stuttgart were assigned to different Directors and casts, each music drama to be treated as a separate entity.

Gotterdammerung opens as the audience arrives and before the orchestra starts playing as three bag women (the Norns) assemble on the stage in front of a black screen of black plastic bin liners that we later learn is the side of the multipurpose set, a wood framed hall with a stage at one end used by a theatrical company. This is a very effective start, and a nice change from the Norns usual gloomy presence.

If only the director Peter Kinwitschny had kept to the very successful modern dress concept of Act 1 this could have been an absorbing finale to the Stuttgart Ring.

However Siegfried (Albert Bonnema) is perceived as a figure of fun, completely devoid of any heroic characteristics, exemplified in the absurd Tarzan leotard and behaviour in the Prologue, and the drama always falters when he is on stage, and on occasions descends into farce.

Brunnhilde's (Luana DeVol) immolation is very effectively sung on an empty stage in a red two piece costume, and during the final music Wagner's totally impractical, but very relevant, stage instructions are projected on a black screen. Unlike some people I do not see this as a cop-out, how often does one think of Wagner's true intention as we listen to the final bars of Gotterdammerung.

Luano DeVol sings a good Brunnhilde, the rest of the siniging is good provincial and the usual fine orchestral support from Lagrosek, acknowledged by the entire orchestra on stage for the final bows.

Stuttgart gives us a very challenging ring, with the inevitable highs and lows associated with a high risk strategy. I suggest renting before buying.
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