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Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen [Blu-ray] [2011]

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  • Actors: Orquestra De La Comunitat Valenciana, Uusitalo, Daszak, Larsson, Milling
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: C MAJOR ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 1056 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00424NWIW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,105 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Richard Wagner's complete work as staged by La Fura Dels Baus, and recorded live at Valencia's Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in 2009. Zubin Mehta conducts the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana. Performers include Peter Seiffert, Petra Maria Schnitzer, Matti Salminen and Jennifer Wilson.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By spud on 16 Jan. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I love the traditional mythology of the Ring and expected this to blow my mind, with high tech dragons and serpents. It did. But not in the way I imagined. The power of the technology has not overtaken the production. At times the images are truly stunning at other times the technology is ignored for very simple staging. The costumes are on occasion quirky and in the twilight of the Gods surreal until you get the juxtaposition of Siegfried with modern consumerism and graphic novel and cartoon symbolism. It all works very well - all of the singing is first class and some of it could not be bettered. The orchestral playing and sound production is also of the highest quality. If you don't like a little quirky stuff then avoid this version but if you do it will reward multiple watching. It is worth playing the bonus material. Overall a great purchase.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Honey Monster on 20 Jan. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I believe I have seen every Ring cycle available on DVD, Blur ray or VHS. All have their good points, all their bad points. So why is this the best? Wagner always intended the Ring to be a combined spectacle of sight and sound. Minimalist stage productions can have very fine singing and sound, but they are NOT what Wagner intended. You need visual spectacle on as grandiose scale as the music. We could do this by recreating productions from Wagner's time, but they would have utterly the wrong effect on a modern audience. Our tastes have moved beyond heavyweight sopranos in horned helmets and pigtails, cleavage heaving beneath metal breastplates, and the dragon used in Wagner's time would look plain silly today. So, the spectacle has to be updated. And there is no denying that at times this production is jaw-droppingly good. Yes, there are moments where there are lapses in judgement - but there are in any production of the Ring. Think of e.g. Patrice Chereau's (in)famous Bayreuth production - yes, in many ways brilliant, but there were some very crass moments (e.g. Siegfried, Act 1). But in the main, the production gets it right. Just watch the opera and stop trying to be clever by comparing it with other productions you've seen, and it WORKS.

Singing and conducting and acting are in the main excellent. The pace plods a little in places, but that is better that than rushing it. Just go with the flow and immerse yourself in this production and you will love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This staging of the Ring cycle by Fura Dels Bausto owes much of its success to the consistently high standard of singing and orchestral playing throughout. The musical values of the singers in this production can only be described as outstanding and, in my opinion, there is not a weak point to be noted anywhere in this regard. It therefore seems to me that it would be invidious to single out particular performers for particular praise in this review. Sufficient to comment that the remarkably consistent high quality achieved in the first issue in this cycle have been fully maintained throughout the whole series.

The use of high quality projected backdrops to create scenarios or to imply long journeys, such as the descent to and return from the Niblung world, are also very impressive and surely an advance in technology that would appeal to Wagner himself. This sense of realism would be hard to match in any `normal' stage production without using this modern technology.

The use of mechanical hoists to move the Gods about on raised platforms by on-stage scenery movers during the singing and as mentioned at the beginning of this review are, for me, the most invasive parts to my enjoyment of this production. However, I have found that upon repeated viewing, one adjusts and accepts the concept given the wealth of virtues otherwise present.

The camera work and imaging are both of a very high standard as one would expect from an HD recording and the same can be said of the sound which is frequently spectacular. The sound is presented in DTS 7.1 and stereo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray
There is a great deal to admire in this La fura dels bous production in Valencia, but I can appreciate why some reviewers didn't like it. Mind you, I wonder if they would have liked it more if they had endured Covent Garden's recent cycle.
Much of the production works, but the Gods being wheeled around on trollies becomes tiresome after a while, as does the rather 'natty' mobility scooter that Loge zaps around on.
I like the idea of the spider's web ensaring the Gods at the end of Rheingold, but my wife was irritated by it. Much of the computerised graphics worked and I was particularly impressed with the firemountain scenes.
The singing was generally OK, not even Matti Salminen was outstanding on this occasion, but I really didn't like Jennifer Wilson's Brunhilde (or her costume). In fact, when Siegfried (who I thought was quite good) woke her at the end of Siegfried, Act III, a wicked thought went through my head as imagined him thinking, 'God, how do I get her back to sleep?!'
Although, let's be honest, no Ring Cycle is perfect - it covers too vast a canvass - and this one isn't bad, nor is it badly sung. In fact, it has a great deal to commend it - but (and there's always a but, isn't there?) if you are just being introduced to the Ring, then you might be better off looking elsewhere. If, like me, you are a Ring-Adict, then it will sit happily in your collection - although I doubt if you will air it that often.
Coming back to my review, having watched this a couple more times, I have to confess that I am now finding some of the cliches more irritating than when I first saw it, but I suspect I will find the same with The Met's Lepage Cycle, which I have yet to see.
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