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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen [DVD] [2012]

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Format: Box set, Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, German
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 1034 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008ER9QKG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,952 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Metropolitan Opera production of Wagner's epic opera cycle. Wagner drew on Norse legend for the cycle, comprised of four individual operas, and it is generally considered to be his greatest achievement. The Metropolitan Opera's production features James Levine and Fabio Luisi as conductors and stars Jonas Kaufmann, Deborah Voigt and Gerhard Siegel. Also included is 'Wagner's Dream: The Making of the Ring', a documentary from film maker Susan Froemke that follows the five-year struggle it took the opera company to bring the epic production to the stage.

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Ring Des Nibelungen (Der) / Wagner'S Dream (8 Dvd)

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure popcorn, in a good way. 18 Nov 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I was lucky enough to see Die Walkure when I stayed in New York in April this year and I loved it in the theatre. I bought the blu ray set as a memento of the production but have some mixed feelings about the cycle over all.

Despite the visual impact of the Stage Machine, this is a very traditional production of the Ring, with very little in the way of depth or spirituality. If that's what your looking for in a Ring for repeated viewing at home, this well may be the best available for you. It's all very solid and straightforward, with some stunning visual effects. (The magic fire, the entry of the gods into Valhalla,, the forest scene and Siegfried's Rhine journey stand out for me). It's always beautiful to look at (only the dragon in Siegfried fails for me). The other big plus for the visuals is that the actors all look pretty convincing dramatically.

The orchestral playing is magnificent. I am not a fan of Levine and found his previous DG ring very labored and ordinary. This cycle is shared over 2 conductors. For me this was not a problem as Levine's interpretation is so unremarkable (not bad , just bland) that it could blend in with anyone else. More importantly I have to advocate for Fabio Luisi. I have read some commentaries, which imply he really is a second choice. I actually found his attention to detail brought out many moments of orchestral scoring which I have never noticed before. I wish that he had conducted the whole cycle, my experience of Walkure in the theater where he conducted was the same.

The singing is generally well worth owning the discs for. Everyone has personal likes and dislikes and you will read contradictory reviews about the same singers in this set.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Before you embark on this journey, I would heartily recommend that you watch the accompanying documentary, 'Wagner's Dream', first. I found the insight into the producer and casts' visions both enhanced and added to my understanding and enjoyment of this production. It did, however, launch alarm bells in my head when I heard Bryn Terfel tell us that the drama doesn't kick in until Die Walkure - this could explain why I felt that he didn't seem as involved in this Das Rheingold as he was on the two occasions I saw his Wotan at Covent Garden. Although, let's be quite clear, this is a much better production than the current Covent Garden Ring.
By deducting one star, you may think that I didn't like it, but I have to tell you that I found much to admire, but I was disappointed with Das Rheingold, I didn't think that the conclusion to Die Walkure worked and I was very underwhelmed by Deborah Voight. It is actually Deborah Voight that is the main issue for me - howevever, I thought some reviewers have been a little too harsh on her. She isn't a disaster and I certainly don't hate her, but I don't like her either. She's too waily and her acting is too static for me, especially when you compare her to some of the outstanding singer\actors in this production - I would highlight Jonas Kaufmann, Jay Hunter-Morris, Bryn Terfel and Eva-Maria Westbroek as deserving particular praise. Having highlighted my main reservations, I'll move onto my review:

As I said, I was disappointed with Das Rheingold. I didn't think the electronic set worked particularly well - although, a tweak in the lighting would have helped to mask the wires and harnesses holding the Rhinemaidens, which are only too obvious and distracting on the Bluray.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but still great 18 May 2013
Format:Blu-ray
The first rule about performances of The Ring is that there is no such thing as a perfect production. Take just the staging as an example - if you go for the absolutely traditional 'Lord of the Rings' type scenery and costumes, then this is great for some, but staid and unimaginative for others. If on the other hand, you go for minimalist and daring (e.g. the gods dressed as Nazi stormtroopers or whatever) then to others it's gimmicky and distracting. And that's just the visuals - on top of that you can have endless debates about the quality and type of singing, the conducting, the acting, blah, blah, blah. Since Wagner always intended The Ring to be a marriage of equal partners between words, music and visuals, getting the combination just right to suit even one person is against the odds. Therefore, in order to enjoy a production of The Ring, you have to be prepared to accommodate.

What you have to accommodate in this production in my view are two things - Voigt's Brunnhilde and the sound quality. Neither is awful, but they might not suit everyone. Some reviewers have said they find the orchestral sound too recessed. Compared with some other cycles, this is true, but I found that after a few minutes my ears had adjusted and it certainly wasn't a deal-breaker for me. As for Voigt. she just does not sound quite right. In Act 3 of Die Walkure (when all the Valkyrie maidens are gathered together) I found myself wondering which of the other singers could have done a better job than Voigt. To my ears she sounds a bit like Angela Lansbury! [And I mean no disrespect to Ms Lansbury with that remark!]. I have loved Voigt in other roles, but here, she just isn't quite right. But nor is she awful - we're not talking about a Sofia Copolla in Godfather III sort of thing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Met Opera's spectacular!
Saw the entire Ring over two seasons of the Met Opera and just knew I had to own the DVDs so I could relive the magic moments. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs L A Naylon
4.0 out of 5 stars Much to admire
A rather controversial Ring i'm sure the others who have seen it will accept. There is much to admire.

The staging i thought was pretty incredible. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MOHAMMED BARBER
5.0 out of 5 stars Met |Ring
I have just started to watch the Ring from the Met

the singing is great as is the quality of the recording

Very good value
Published 5 months ago by Mr Jack A K Hannan
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ring Cycle That I Have Heard and Seen
Some complement from me, The Ring is high on my list of favourites, I currently have 5 versions, having despatched two others to a charity shop. Read more
Published 11 months ago by I. Zaneres
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant!
I saw Der Ring des Nibelungen locally on the "Live From the Met" broadcasts at my local cinema and was bowled over by it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by D. M. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Wagner at its best.
The Wagner Ring was wonderful stuff. Best recording yet but shame the conductor, Levine, could not complete the whole Ring.
Published 15 months ago by MRS JANET E WATSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Ring Cycle
Other reviews have criticised Deborah Voight as Brunhilde. Her voice is not powerful and forceful but she seems as good as most of the others I previewed on Youtube. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Charles Phillipps
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect balance between tradition and innovation
Heartwarming performance from a stellar cast. Grand stagings are followed by intimate scenes and vice versa. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dandy
3.0 out of 5 stars Great set, great orchestra but voigt is a vocal disaster
An amazing Seigmund in Kaufman, a competent Wotan but Voigt's Brunnhilde is out of her depth in this production. Read more
Published 18 months ago by KC
3.0 out of 5 stars has it's moments but....
As far the sound is concerned the biggest drawback is the balance artificially favouring the singers. Read more
Published 18 months ago by kentian
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