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Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Orquestra De La Comunitat Valenciana, Uusitalo, Daszak, Larsson, Milling
  • Format: Box set, Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • 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 (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZKLDPI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,018 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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13 of 13 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jeffrey sykes on 27 Aug 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
What more can I say.
Absolutely Fabulous.
The most original presentation, since the patrice chereau ring cycle.
Sound and vision are excellent.

jeffoldbean.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Angel on 7 Dec 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had the chance to see it in the theatre also and it is one of the biggest production on the Ring of the last years. I enjoyed it a lot.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. Gallimore on 22 Nov 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I don't pretend to be an expert, and many more educated might laugh this to scorn, but I've seen and heard quite a few Ring Cycles, on TV, stage, disc, and radio, and I know what I like. I've enjoyed them all, some aspects are stonger in some productions than others, but this one is a sharp modern stunning stage work, and as far as I'm concerned it was strong in most departments.
I've seen this now twice on big TV in HD transmission - I DON'T HAVE THE DISCS, so can only assume that the photography shots etc are the same and the technical quality is similar, but I can't comment other than on the actual production.

Clever use of digital back projection screens, cranes, harnesses, water tanks, and even a mechanical slithering Fafner in Siegfried, make this by far the most visually stimulating I've ever seen. Some of the costumes are a bit more questionable, particularly the prehistoric tatooed outfits for the Wolsungs and Hunding, some ridiculous breast plates for the valkeries, and bad taste city suits and make up in Gotterdammerung - but it all makes sense in the context of what the production team was trying to achieve, so, although I found some irritations like this, it didn't negate the visual impact of the overall show. (yes - it's a show).

Zubin Mehta and the orchestra did a very fine job of playing the first complete Ring Cycle ever to be mounted in Spain - and from memory and "feel" it stands up well compared to quite a few Bayreuth offerings, with a lot of detail coming through that usually gets drowned. (I haven't got the time or inclination to get the discs out and do a side by side comparison with the Sky box - sorry.
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